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    Biology Olympiad was crap, Q46 was screwed. They changed the structure of the exam, so pisssed off!!! Everyone except me walked out after an hour at my school. They've changed the types of questions, their were more calculation questions than i expected, more emphasis on enzymes, etc. I'll prob manage to scrape a credit or a distinction.

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    Hey... I'm a newbie... but yeah I did the Bio Olympiad today at school... and I'm not sure how I went really... it was okay I suppose... the other four people who took it with me (three guys from our brother school... and one girl from our school) didn't study at all... I did a bit of revision and practise... not sure if it was worthwhile cramming for it though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shepwarp
    Hey... I'm a newbie... but yeah I did the Bio Olympiad today at school... and I'm not sure how I went really... it was okay I suppose... the other four people who took it with me (three guys from our brother school... and one girl from our school) didn't study at all... I did a bit of revision and practise... not sure if it was worthwhile cramming for it though...
    Hey welcome to BOS, did you notice the error in Q46? It says it had shaded parts in the question for the diagram.

    Do u go to a Victorian or Canberran school? Do you know what mathematical methods is equivalent to in the HSC
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    Yeah... there was an error in Q46... I just stuck down that it was autosomal recessive... because I figured it was all white :P... which was a pretty lame thing to do... I made so many mistakes in it...

    I go to a school in Tasmania... basically there are three types of maths that are for uni qualification in Tasmania... Maths Applied, Maths Methods and Maths Specialised... Maths Applied is like finance and stuff... Maths Methods is pure maths and a lead on to Maths Specialised which is even more pure maths... I'm not sure what equivalent that is to you guys.

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    Does anyone know what the average NQE score is btw?

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    That was q43 by the way. The screwed up pedigree.

    Our school just told us not to do q33 (the three variable graph) and q43. I think I should've shaded something in anyway.. argh.

    The long answer ones were okay. They changed the format again!

    The average (mean) mark doesn't really mean much. Getting 'above average' won't get you in a camp. Plus there's probably a huge difference between median and mean. In my opinion.

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    Then you'd have to go super dooper well to even get a look into a camp? As in like 100%?

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    Well alot of you sound confident of scoring well. Im be over the moon if i get a credit. By the way i did the donkey, water/hose, circuit and the inetia questions. But im quite positive that the Chem one this Wednesday will be twice as hard. But i miss 2 hours of class, so i dont mind.

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    Nah... I'm pretty sure I didn't score well at all... I didn't do as much preparation as I should have... but I don't know, somehow in my mind I always seem to class Bio as easier than Chem and Physics

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    think the cutoff for physics will be 60% this yr, compared to 40% or so usually. the circuit and donkey questions were give aways

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    Wow... physics must be pretty tough :| ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by onethreehundred
    think the cutoff for physics will be 60% this yr, compared to 40% or so usually. the circuit and donkey questions were give aways
    Cutoff for what?

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    What the hell are you talking about cutoff's their are no cutoff marks, the top 23 students of each ASO NQE are invited to go to Canberra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooz
    What the hell are you talking about cutoff's their are no cutoff marks, the top 23 students of each ASO NQE are invited to go to Canberra.
    That implies that there is a cutoff. The lowest mark that will get you in the camp. And it's not exactl 23.

    (Did you mean for the camp?)

    People at our school were saying it'd be mid-twenties. (Out of 50.) I'm hoping for 25-30. Hopefully.

    I didn't do chem today. How was it?

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    What do you reckon teh cut off is for bio?

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    I've seriously got no idea.. I don't know enough about bio. But I'd bet money that it's higher than phys or chem.

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    Yes i mean the camp, the top 21-23(depending on staff and tutor numbers) students are invited to go to the camp. There is no set cut-off mark for the olympiads they just take the top 20 or so candidates.

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    oh ok cool... yeah I haven't heard much about these olympiads and things so I am just sussing them out

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    the chemistry test seemed easier this year than in recent years; redox equations and organic chemistry constitutes about half of the paper

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    Quote Originally Posted by onethreehundred
    think the cutoff for physics will be 60% this yr, compared to 40% or so usually. the circuit and donkey questions were give aways
    Those figures are for the camp, you think? What about HD's and D's? (And what percentages of total entrants get each?)

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    Vulgarfraction those figures are not for the camp, entry to the camp is based on your ranking. HD, D, C, P depend on the results of this years cohort.

    onethreehundred: where are all of your figures and %'s from? Have u spoken to past olympiaders who made it to the camp and trainers, because i have and there is no cutoff mark for entry, entry is based on the ranking of the top candidates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooz
    Vulgarfraction those figures are not for the camp, entry to the camp is based on your ranking. HD, D, C, P depend on the results of this years cohort.

    onethreehundred: where are all of your figures and %'s from? Have u spoken to past olympiaders who made it to the camp and trainers, because i have and there is no cutoff mark for entry, entry is based on the ranking of the top candidates.
    You don't get what I mean. Of course I know that you don't get in the camp on figures. If it's an easy test then fifty people get in and then what? But each year there's an approximate lowest mark that gets you in. That's what everyone's been estimating for the past page or so. Understand that concept?

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    You'll find out if you get in when they tell you if you got in.
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    such a confuddling process... I guess I will just sit and wait for my participation certificate to reach me lol... I majorly screwed up.

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    Gosh you were prepared :S... it's people like you who make me feel bad :P

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