Watch here! HIPPO 2021 - Rules and Regulations

RULES & REGULATIONS

Dates and Venue

The Competition will be run in three rounds: preliminary round, semifinal round and final round.

Preliminary round (National Level):
24-30 April 2021
Venue: Online or in School

Semifinal round (International Level):
25-26 June 2021
Venue: Online or Centralised Location (TBD)

Final round (International Level):
19-21 Sep 2021
Location: The final round will be held in Lido di Jesolo, Venice, Italy. May change to Online if traveling to Italy is not allowed

Candidate Registration and Fees

If you're a teacher and would like your students to participate, please select "Teacher register for Student" in the registration form. This is not official registration. We will follow up with you later. Click the Register button on this page to register.

Every participating school needs to appoint a school coordinator as a contact person. The coordinator needs to submit the Venue Approval Form (download from this page) to register the school. The school coordinator will be in charge of student registration from the school and ensure that all the HIPPO examination regulations are followed. Please email the completed Venue Approval Form to ckgan@english.edu.my or Whatsapp the photos to 011-6550 5400. We will handle the rest.

You can also register outside school as Student. You can select to take part outside the school venue or Online. Please click the Register button on this page, and choose Register as Student to register. You can compete at the nearest possible approved venue or Online. The full list of venues will be confirmed after the registration end date. Students will then be contacted and assigned to the nearest approved venue.

The registration deadline is 7 April 2021. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

The registration fee is RM60 (Ringgit Malaysia Sixty only) per student. There is no additional fee if they make it to the semifinal or final rounds.

Competition Category – Regular and Special Categories

Students from Public Schools (government-funded), Private Schools (majority subjects are not taught in English), or Private/International Schools (majority subjects are taught in English but joined less than 2 years) are allowed to enroll in the Regular Category. The level will be assigned according to their year of birth.
- Students born 2011 to 2014 (Primary 1 to 4) will join "Little HIPPO"
- Students born 2009 to 2010 (Primary 5 to 6) will join "HIPPO 1"
- Students born 2008 (Secondary 1) will join "HIPPO 2"
- Students born 2006 to 2007 (Secondary 2 & 3) will join "HIPPO 3"
- Students born 2004 to 2005 (Secondary 4 & 5) will join "HIPPO 4"
- Students born 2002 to 2003 (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 2013 to 2014 (Grade 1) will join "Little Hippo"
- Students born 2012 (Grade 2) will join "HIPPO 2"
- Students born 2009 to 2011 (Grade 3 to 5) will join "HIPPO S10" (In 2020, HIPPO 4) 
- Students born 2006 to 2008 (Grade 6 to 8) will join "HIPPO S15" (In 2020, HIPPO S1)
- Students born 2002 to 2005 (Grade 9 to 12) will join "HIPPO S19" (In 2020, HIPPO S2)

Students who reached Hippo 2020 final round cannot compete in the same category in Hippo 2021.
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 

Summary of the Competition Rounds

There are 3 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 comprehension, Listening comprehension, and Use of English.

The top 10% (sometimes more) from the country will be invited to the semifinal 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).

Top 190 candidates (sometimes more) from the semifinal round will be invited to the final round. 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.

Final Round

In the final round of the HIPPO, the candidates take 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 semifinal round test.

In addition to the four-skill GA examinations, candidates take a Use of English test consisting of 30 questions. The results of this test will be used for final round ranking purposes and will not affect the GA examination qualification score.

The final round of the HIPPO will be held in Lido di Jesolo, Italy, from 19th to 21st September 2021. 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 HIPPO 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 19th September, while examinations will be done on 20th and 21st September. The proclamation of winners and awarding ceremony will be held on 21st 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 HIPPO final round schedule as well as  sightseeing options.

Finalists will be contacted and helped with organising their travel.

Approval from Malaysia Education Minister (KPM) with PAJSK Co-curriculum Points (National School System)

HIPPO is supported by Malaysia Education Minister. Students are entitled to Markah PAJSK for participation and achievement at various stages. The points will be provided by KPM, after the organizer submitted the competition report when the final round completed.

Certificates and medals

All candidates in the preliminary round will receive a certificate of participation. The top 5 candidates in each category will receive a certificate of achievement.
All candidates in the semifinal 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 an internationally recognised certificate in English.

Marking and Ranking

Tests of reading and listening are marked by an OMR device and for that reason need to be properly filled in. Students 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 HIPPO at the latest.

Considering that in the semifinal round, Students 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 semifinal 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.

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 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 will be available on http://www.hippo-olympiad.org by the end of June.

The final round places will be assigned in the following way:
Top 190 finalists will be admitted directly from the semifinal 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 HIPPO ASSOCIATION keep the right to increase the number of finalists if the number of applicants exceeds 40,000, all in accordance with the HIPPO regulations.

The finalists will have to confirm their participation in the final round by 6th September 2021 In case a candidate is unable to travel to the finals, the next one on the ranking list will be invited.

By applying for the HIPPO competition, the participants accept the conditions of the Competition, organisation of the Competition, marking criteria, assessment and prizes.

The personal data of the participants will be used only for the purposes of the Competition and will not be disclosed to third parties except for the needs of the Competition.

Where to get more information?

Please contact the Malaysia Coordinator at 012-383 3218 or 011-6550 5400 or email ckgan@english.edu.my

Phone

Mobile: 012-3833218
Tel: 03-8603 4277

Email

admin@english.edu.my

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