HIPPO 2020

8th International English Language Olympiad


SEMI-FINAL

Notice to all semi-finalists

Semi-final Date: Postponed! 
Time: To be advised
Registration Deadline: Closed 
Registration Fee: FREE

Please note that we will deliver the semi-finalist's medals and certificates to your choice of venue after the deadline. These medal/certificates will be presented to the students after the semi-final examination. Parents are encourage to present during the semi-final in order to take the pictures with their child together with medal and cert.

Please note that if you miss the registration deadline, your child or students (school) might not receive the medal/certificate on the spot during semi-final. Administration fee of RM15 will be charged to deliver the medal/certificate after the semi-final.

To register, please click the "Registration for Semi-Final Venue" button above. ALL SEMI-FINALISTS MUST REGISTER.

Semi-Final Venues

There are 9 semi-final venues available (click to view location). You can attend any of the venue to take part. Pre-registration is required.

KL/Selangor/N.Sembilan/Melaka - Australian International School Malaysia (The Mines, Seri Kembangan) 
Johor - Crescendo-HELP International School (Johor Bahru)
Kedah - Universal Hua Xia International School (Sungai Petani)
Penang - Unique English Classroom, Gelugor Centre
Pahang/Kelantan/Trengganu - SMK (P) Methodist, Kuantan
Kota Kinabalu - Unique English Classroom, Iramanis Centre (KK)
Tawau - SAM Tawau/Anchorage English Centre
Kuching - SAM Tabuan Desa (Tabuan Desa Commercial Centre)
Miri - SAM Miri (Faradale Commercial Centre)

Semi-final Format

Averagely, top 10% of the preliminary round students from Malaysia will be qualified to the semi-final round (About 500 students or lesser). The list of semi-finalists will be expanded to include all the students whose number of points is the same as the number of points of the last students in the first 10%. The list of semi-finalists will be published here once the result is released soon. Alternatively, please follow our FACEBOOK page (click to follow) for latest announcement of the result.

The exam level for the semi-final round will be one CEFR level higher than the one in the preliminary round. The tests for the semi-final round of the Olympiad will consist of: a reading test (multiple choice with OMR form), a writing test (30 questions) and an essay (except for Little Hippo). The maximum allowable time is stated below.

LITTLE HIPPO - Reading (30 questions in 30 minutes) and Writing (30 question & essay in 45 minutes). Total is 75 minutes.
HIPPO 1 - Reading (40 questions in 30 minutes) and Writing (30 question & essay in 45 minutes). Total is 75 minutes.
HIPPO 2 - Reading (34 questions in 35 minutes) and Writing (30 question & essay in 45 minutes). TOTAL 80 minutes
HIPPO 3 - Reading (34 questions in 40 minutes) and Writing (30 question & essay in 45 minutes). TOTAL 85 minutes
HIPPO 4 - Reading (40 questions in 45 minutes) and Writing (30 question & essay in 45 minutes). TOTAL 90 minutes
HIPPO 5 & HIPPO S1 - Reading (40 questions in 45 minutes) and Writing (30 question & essay in 45 minutes). TOTAL 90 minutes
HIPPO S2 - Reading (40 questions in 50 minutes) and Writing (30 question & essay in 45 minutes). TOTAL 95 minutes

Final Round

In the final round of the Olympiad, the candidates will be taking a Gatehouse Awards exam, all 4 skills included. The test samples / past papers are available on http://www.hippo-olympiad.org. The exam level for the final round will be one CEFR level higher than the one in the preliminary round that is the same as the semi-final round test.

The final round of the Olympiad will be held in Lido di Jesolo, Italy, from 15th to 17th May 2020. All candidates need to be accompanied by their English language teacher, or an English language teacher from their school. Parents who wish to accompany their children, need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements as the hotels where the students are accommodated are booked exclusively for the Olympiad participants. Three-day half-board accommodation will be provided for all the candidates and their teachers free of charge.

Marking and Ranking

Tests of reading and listening are marked by an OMR device and for that reason need to be properly filled in. Candidates are required to use a pen while completing the OMR form. An OMR sample form will be available on the website two weeks before the preliminary round of the Olympiad
at the latest.

Considering that in the semi-final round, candidates complete the reading and writing tests only and not the listening test, the OMR will be used for the reading test only.

In case an OMR form is not properly filled in (e.g. incorrect or missing candidate number) and the OMR device cannot read it, Global Hippo Association keeps the right to disqualify the candidate if the identity of the candidate cannot be established.

In the semi-final round, the essay will be marked only if two or more candidates have the same number of points on both the reading and the writing test.

The ranking list for all categories as well as the names of the candidates who qualified for the semifinal round will be available on http://www.hippo-olympiad.org on 28th February 2020.

The ranking list for all categories as well as the names of the candidates who qualified for the final round will be available on http://www.hippo-olympiad.org on 6th April 2020.

The final round places will be assigned in the following way:

Top 150 finalists will be admitted directly from the semi-final ranking list. The number of finalists per category will be proportional to the number of preliminary round participants in each category.

Additional 10 places will be assigned to the regular categories with the highest number of enrolments independent of the zone and in accordance with the ranking list.

In order to promote a multicultural environment, wildcards will be granted to the best participant from each of the countries that failed to produce finalists.

GLOBAL INPUT keeps the right to increase the number of finalists if the number of applicants exceeds 40,000, all in accordance with the Olympiad regulations.

The finalists will have to confirm their participation in the final round by 30th April 2020. In case a candidate is unable to travel to the finals, the next one on the ranking list will be invited.

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