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HIPPO English Olympiad 2022

Aligned to the CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Internationally Recognised and Ofqual UK Regulated

Supported by Minister of Education, Malaysia with PAJSK co-curriculum marks

Preliminary Round
(national level)


18-20 Feb 2022 (Closed) 

Mode: online or in school

- Reading
- Listening
- Use of English

Semi-final Round
(international level)


26 March 2022

HIPPO 5, S10, S15, S19 - 9.00am to 11.00am
HIPPO 3 & 4 - 11.00am to 1.00pm
Little HIPPO - 2.30pm - 4.15pm
HIPPO 1  & 2 - 4.15pm to 6.00pm

Mode: online

- Reading
- Writing
Essay (except Little HIPPO)

SEA Qualifier Round
(international level)


23 May 2022

Venue: Online at home (virtual)

*subject to HIPPO T&Cs

World Finals
(international level)


29-30 Sep 2022

Venue: Rome, Italy

- Reading
- Listening
- Writing
- Speaking
- Use of English

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The International English Language Olympiad is organised by GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION ITALY, a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 and GATEHOUSE AWARDS UNITED KINGDOM to promote the importance of English language knowledge and bring together children from different countries. The competition is open to students from 6 – 19 years old around the world. Unique English Classroom is the exclusive coordinator for Malaysia territory.

The Olympiad is an international event which promotes English language, challenges students around the globe to compete in English language knowledge, and motivates the teachers to cooperate. The Olympiad encourages the development of a shared sense of identity and integration, serves as a role model for young people living together as one community. The main goal is to create and nourish friendly relations, international understanding and a spirit of healthy competition between young people interested in English language from all around the world.
Apart from that, by participating in such an Olympiad, students get a chance to measure their level of English against international standards and get used to the concept of examination. Schools will more easily understand the level of English of their pupils and challenge them to learn more.

The Olympiad is aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), Internationally recognised and Ofqual regulated English language qualifications are used throughout the Olympiad. The qualifications are intended for candidates who are not native speakers of English and who wish to achieve high quality, internationally recognised qualification in English that is available and recognised worldwide. 

The competition will be run in four rounds: preliminary round, semifinal round, Southeast Asia qualifier round (T&Cs applied) and World Final round.  

50

Countries participated

60,000

Students participated

6,000+

Students from Malaysia

1,000+

Schools from Malaysia

HIPPO 2022 Rules & Regulations (Video)

Dates and Venue

The Competition will be run in FOUR rounds: preliminary round, semifinal round, Southeast Asia qualifier and World final round.

Preliminary round (National Level):
18-20 Feb 2022
Mode: Online, or School 

Semi-final round (International Level):
April 2022
Mode: Online, or Centralized Location (TBD)

Southeast Asia Qualifier* (International Level):
June 2022
Mode:
 Online, or Centralized Location (TBD)
*Subject to HIPPO qualifier rules and regulations.

World Final round (International Level):
29-30 Sep 2022
Location: The final round will be held in Rome, Italy. May change to Online if traveling to Italy is not allowed

Candidate Registration and Fees

If you're a teacher and would like to register students from your school, please select "I am a teacher, please contact me" in the registration form. This is not official registration. We will contact you soon. Click the Register button on this page to register.

If you're parent or student who wish to register as private candidate, please click the Register button on this page, and choose "Me/my child/my students want to register" to register. 

The registration deadline is 5 Feb 2022. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. 

The registration fee is RM60 (Ringgit Malaysia Sixty only) per student. For the 1st 500 registration before 22 December 2021, you will be given FREE 2 hours workshop. After that, there will be additional of RM30 to join the workshop.

There is no additional fee if you make it to the semifinal, Southeast Asia qualifier or World Final rounds.

Competition Category – Regular and Special Categories

Students from Public Schools (government-funded), Private/International Schools (joined less than 2 years) are allowed to enrol in the Regular Category. The level will be assigned according to their year of birth.
- Students born in 2012 & younger (e.g. Primary 1 to 4) will join "Little HIPPO"
- Students born in 2010 & younger (e.g. Primary 5 to 6) will join "HIPPO 1"
- Students born in 2009 & younger (e.g. Secondary 1) will join "HIPPO 2"
- Students born in 2007 & younger (e.g. Secondary 2 & 3) will join "HIPPO 3"
- Students born in 2005 & younger (e.g. Secondary 4 & 5) will join "HIPPO 4"
- Students born in 2003 & younger (e.g. Lower & Upper 6) will join "HIPPO 5"

Students who are not qualified for the Regular Category can participate in the Special Category. Example of students are those from English medium private/international schools or attended school for at least 3 years in an English speaking country.
- Students born in 2014 and younger will join "Little Hippo"
- Students born in 2012 and younger will join "HIPPO 2"
- Students born in 2010 and younger will join "HIPPO S10"
- Students born in 2007 and younger will join "HIPPO S15"
- Students born in 2003 and younger will join "HIPPO S19"

Students who reached Hippo 2021 final round cannot compete in the same level in Hippo 2022.
The students of lower levels can compete at higher level if they feel prepared for the level.
Global Hippo Association keeps the right to check the school’s curriculum, the language of instruction and the number of hours of English taught.

Global Hippo Association reserves the right to disqualify those who did not comply with the regulations.

Competition Category vs CEFR Level

Little HIPPO
- Preliminary Round is CEFR Pre A1 Young Learners
- Semifinal and Final Round is CEFR A1 Young Learners

HIPPO 1
- Preliminary Round is CEFR A1 Young Learners
- Semifinal and Final Round is CEFR A2 Young Learners

HIPPO 2
- Preliminary Round is CEFR A1 
- Semifinal and Final Round is CEFR A2 

HIPPO 3
- Preliminary Round is CEFR A2
- Semifinal and Final Round is CEFR B1 

HIPPO 4/ HIPPO S10
- Preliminary Round is CEFR B1
- Semifinal and Final Round is CEFR B2 

HIPPO 5/ HIPPO S15
- Preliminary Round is CEFR B2  
- Semifinal and Final Round is CEFR C1 

HIPPO S19 
- Preliminary Round is CEFR C1
- Semifinal and Final Round is CEFR C2 

If you wish to know more about CEFR, click HERE

Summary of the Competition Rounds

There are 4 competition rounds. Students will start with the PRELIMINARY round (national level). Students will compete among Malaysian students to qualify for the semifinal round. The tests for the preliminary round will consist of: Reading, Listening, and Use of English. All the questions are in multiple choice questions.

The top 10% (sometimes more) from the country will be invited to the SEMI-FINAL round. The tests for the semi-final round of the HIPPO will consist of: a reading test, a writing test (30 questions), and an essay (except for Little Hippo).

SOUTHEAST ASIA QUALIFIER round - where the number of enrolments in Southeast Asia region reaches 10,000 students in the HIPPO 2022, with a minimum of 1,000 candidates per Hippo Category, HIPPO association will organise an additional round of the Olympiad, called Qualifiers. Within 15 days of the enrolment deadline, when the data on the number of enrolments is available, information on the
Qualifiers venues and dates will be available on the Hippo website.

Students with the best placement among those not qualified for the Finals (after semi-final results released) will be admitted to the Qualifiers. The number of admitted students will depend on the total number of students initially enrolled for each HIPPO category. No more than three students per category per country will be admitted to the Qualifiers.

Where no student qualifies for the Qualifiers, the best student in the country will be invited in order to maintain the principle of multiculturalism whereby students from all countries of the region participating in the Qualifiers are represented. Qualifiers will be held onsite. Students will not be allowed to participate online unless there are restrictions due to Covid-19 in the country of origin. The recommendations published by the national Embassy of Italy through the official website will be the only ones considered. Qualifiers will be held by 30 June 2022. The venues will be published on the official Hippo website and on social media.

The winner of each category will proceed to the Finals.

The FINAL round places will be assigned in the following way: Top 120 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 country or region 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. In addition to the above, winners of regional qualifiers will be admitted to Finals.

GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION keep the right to increase the number of finalists if the number
of applicants exceeds 50,000, all in accordance with the Olympiad regulations. The finalists will have to confirm their participation in the final round by 1 September 2022.

The finalists will take a Gatehouse Awards exam, all 4 skills (Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking) included.

Preliminary Round - Points and Maximum Allowed Times

The tests for the preliminary round will consist of three parts: a test of reading comprehension (multiple choice questions), a test of listening comprehension and a Use of English test. The maximum allowed time per part is shown below.

The reading and the listening test samples are available on the Olympiad website (http://www.hippo-olympiad.org). There is only one correct answer to every question. There are no negative marks. Ranking is based on the average number of marks achieved on all three tests.

Little HIPPO (80 points, maximum 60 minutes)
Reading - 30 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.
Use of English - 20 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.
Listening - 20 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.

HIPPO 1 (80 points, maximum 70 minutes)
Reading - 30 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 30 minutes.
Use of English - 20 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.
Listening - 20 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.

HIPPO 2 (86 points, maximum 70 minutes)
Reading - 34 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 30 minutes.
Use of English - 20 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.
Listening - 22 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.

HIPPO 3 (86 points, maximum 75 minutes)
Reading - 34 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 35 minutes.
Use of English - 20 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.
Listening - 22 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.

HIPPO 4 & HIPPO S10 (86 points, maximum 90 minutes)
Reading - 34 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 40 minutes.
Use of English - 20 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 30 minutes.
Listening - 22 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.

HIPPO 5 & HIPPO S15 (92 points, maximum 95 minutes)
Reading - 40 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 45 minutes.
Use of English - 20 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 30 minutes.
Listening - 22 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 20 minutes.

HIPPO S19 (92 points, maximum 105 minutes)
Reading - 40 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 45 minutes.
Use of English - 20 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 30 minutes.
Listening - 22 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 30 minutes.

Answers are given on an answer sheet (OMR) and not in the test booklet.

Semifinal Round - Points and Maximum Allowed Times

After the preliminary round tests have been marked, the top 10% of participating students from Malaysia zone will be invited to the semifinal round. The list of semifinalists 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 semifinalists will be published on the HIPPO website within three weeks of the preliminary round date. The network of semifinal venues will be based on the location of the semifinalists.

Wildcards are available for the countries where no student qualifies for the semifinal round and will be granted to the best candidate in each category from the country.

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 semifinal round of the HIPPO will consist of: a reading test, a writing test (30 questions) and an essay (except for Little Hippo).

There is only one correct answer to every question. There are no negative marks. Ranking is based on the average number of marks achieved on both the reading and the writing test.

Little HIPPO (75 points, maximum 75 minutes)
Reading - 30 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 30 minutes.
Writing - 30 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 45 minutes.

HIPPO 1 (85 points, maximum 75 minutes)
Reading - 40 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 30 minutes.
Writing - Free-writing task (essay) + 30 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 45 minutes. 

HIPPO 2 (79 points, maximum 80 minutes)
Reading - 34 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 35 minutes.
Writing - Free-writing task (essay) + 30 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 45 minutes. 

HIPPO 3 (79 points, maximum 85 minutes)
Reading - 34 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 40 minutes.
Writing - Free-writing task (essay) + 30 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 45 minutes. 

HIPPO 4 & HIPPO S10 (85 points, maximum 90 minutes)
Reading - 40 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 45 minutes.
Writing - Free-writing task (essay) + 30 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 45 minutes. 

HIPPO 5 & HIPPO S15 (85 points, maximum 90 minutes)
Reading - 40 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 45 minutes.
Writing - Free-writing task (essay) + 30 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 45 minutes.

HIPPO S19 (85 points, maximum 95 minutes)
Reading - 40 questions, 1 point each. Maximum 50 minutes.
Writing - Free-writing task (essay) + 30 questions, 1.5 point each. Maximum 45 minutes.

The writing test will consist of a free-writing task (100 – 200 words depending on the category) and 30 questions. The level of difficulty of all the questions will be one level higher than the one in the preliminary round. The essay will be assessed only in case two or more candidates have the scores on both the reading and the writing test.

Answers are given on an answer sheet (OMR) and not in the test booklet.

Qualifier and the World Final Round

Qualifiers will be Held in a Venue located in the region. The name of the Venue will be published on the Hippo website and social media by 31 May 2022. The arrival of students admitted to the qualifiers is expected a day before the examination date. Qualifiers examinations will take place in the morning and the proclamation of the winners in the evening. Students can leave the venue the following day.

Candidates can be accompanied by their English language teacher, or an English speaking teacher from their school. Parents, relatives, etc. who wish to accompany their children need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

The final round of the Olympiad will be held in Rome, Italy, from 29 to 30 September 2022. All candidates can be accompanied by their English language teacher, or an English speaking 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. Finalists are expected to arrive on 28 September, while examinations will be done on 29 and 30 September. The proclamation of winners and awarding ceremony will be held on 30 September in the evening.

The programme of the final round will be available on http://www.hippo-olympiad.org one week before the final round at the latest and will include the Olympiad final round schedule as well as sightseeing options. Finalists will be contacted and helped with organising their travel.

Certificates and medals

All candidates in the preliminary round will receive a certificate of participation.

Top 10% of the students from Malaysia will qualify for the semi-final. All candidates in the semi-final round will receive a certificate of participation and a medal.

All candidates in the final round will receive a certificate of participation and a medal.

All candidates who pass the final round tests (score 55% minimum) will be awarded a Gatehouse Awards internationally recognised certificate in English.

Winners of each category will receive a Mizzou K-12 Online High School course.

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) or
scanned 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 or in case of suspected cheating or
malpractice.

For online examinations, in case of suspected malpractice, Hippo Association keeps the right to
re-test the candidates using a parallel test and under the invigilation of the Hippo staff.
The ranking list for all categories as well as the names of the candidates who qualified for the
semi-final round will be available on http://www.hippo-olympiad.org within three weeks of the
preliminary round date.

The ranking list for all categories as well as the names of the candidates who qualified for the
final round and eventually regional qualifiers will be available on http://www.hippoolympiad.
org.

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

Top 120 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 country or region 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.

In addition to the above, winners of regional qualifiers will be admitted to Finals.

GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION keep the right to increase the number of finalists if the number
of applicants exceeds 50,000, all in accordance with the Olympiad regulations.

The finalists will have to confirm their participation in the final round by 1 September 2022.

Past Year Question Papers

Past year questions without answers will be given FREE to registered HIPPO participants. After checking your submission and the payment, the organiser will WHATSAPP you the link to download the past year question papers, with login username and password.

Privacy

By registering the competition either via online form, whatsapp, direct contact or schools, you will agree to allow us to use your personal data such as full name, phone number and email to send you the communications such as welcome letters, payment reminder, updates, announcements and materials such as future competitions and related classes from Caya Academy Sdn Bhd.

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Participation Fee

RM60 for per student

Payment Method

Online transfer to the following account.
Include the Participant Name in payment details.
Name: Caya Academy Sdn Bhd
Bank: Maybank
Account Number: 512884095226
You can WHATSAPP your payment receipt, and state the participant name to 011-6550 5400 or email ckgan@english.edu.my 

Refund Policy

Refund is permissible if you cannot attend the competition on the scheduled date due to health condition, and the replacement date is not available. You must produce a valid medical certificate to request the refund of the participation fee.

Questions?

For more information about the competition, please WhatsApp 011-65505400 or email malaysia@hippo-olympiad.org

HIPPO Global

GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION is a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 with the purpose of promoting the importance of English language knowledge and bringing together children from different countries.

Previous HIPPO Results

HIPPO 2021 - 6,800 Malaysian participants from 950 schools

HIPPO 2020 - 4,500 Malaysian participants from 500 schools

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