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    Re: Australian Science Olympiads

    James Ruse started preparing in Feburary they had lessons scheduled just for the olympiads one per week. The people who get in are usually freaks who can remember all the concepts in the uni textbooks.

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    Crazy... but from the sounds of things you were pretty on top of it all my teacher didn't hand us out Campbell textbooks... I don't think she was pressuring on us to go well this year... our school usually has at least one student place in the top three awards for Tasmania (which I guess doesn't say much... pop'n 490 000 lol)... but this year we only had two girls going in it and our other three entrants were guys from our brother school.

    One girl from my school got into the camp last year and she hadn't studied at all... but she wasn't terribly serious about it all... but she is pretty intelligent... just not freaky intelligent lol. Although... out of the camp she did get a formal date :P

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    I've been talking to two of the scholars from ASO post-exam of course. Note their is no cut-off mark for the camp and is based on ranking (top 23 get in)!!! For Chem camp entry entrants usually have a mark above 40%, HD is ususally 10-15%+, D around 10% correct, but it varies every year depending on the exam and cohort.

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    You'd think it'd be a mark of about 80% or higher at least for bio though wouldn't you? I mean most of the stuff on that exam was doable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shepwarp
    You'd think it'd be a mark of about 80% or higher at least for bio though wouldn't you? I mean most of the stuff on that exam was doable...
    Yeah 80% is achievable if you know most of the stuff but you have to remember you also have to focus on yr11 not just the olympiad.
    I'll ask tonight one of the scholars tonight, but what i posted up was for chem and i know in the the recent years the bio NQE has been dumbed down with no 25 mark essay/thesis questions. Then again they take the top 23 students.

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    lol... haha yep... year 11 is most definitely the priority atm... ... although in Tas it's not that big a deal if you screw up year 11... you can pick up the pieces in year 12... Wooz how are you finding bio as HSC? Is it very diff to TCE?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shepwarp
    lol... haha yep... year 11 is most definitely the priority atm... ... although in Tas it's not that big a deal if you screw up year 11... you can pick up the pieces in year 12... Wooz how are you finding bio as HSC? Is it very diff to TCE?
    Yeah here in NSW up to 30% of yr 11 can be examined in the sciences. Theirs alot of theory work.

    Yr 11 topics
    Local Ecosystem: (Terrestrial & acquatic environments, Energy in ecosystem, interactions and responses)
    Patterns in Nature: (Cells-structure, cell funtions and forms, systems and cells nutrients, gas exchenge, transporting nutrients and waste, growth and repair)
    Life on Earth: (Origion of life, fossils and evolution, procaryotes, taxonomy)
    Evolution of Australian Biota: (Gondwana, Flora and fauna changes, adaptatins, future of australian biota)

    Yr 12
    Maintaining a balance (Enzymes, body function, Immune, Blood, Active, Passive transport, regulation)
    Blueprint of life (evidence for evolution, mendel, chromosomes, enheritance, technology and genetic engineering)
    The Search for better health (Healthy organism, importance of clealiness, search for microbes, infectious diseases, immune system, protecting the body, epidemiology)
    Option topic: Either Genetics, Bio Chem, Communication, etc.

    HSC Bio Syllabus: http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au...b.html#biology

    I was looking at the TQA are all of your external exams are seperated do you do your external examination throughout the year?
    Im also confused with for A, B, C rating system.

    In NSW our marks are half internal and half external, the external exam is a single 3 hour exam and the end of yr 12.
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    In Tasmania you pick subjects and each of those subjects only lasts for one year... the Biology course is one year long and you can do it in either year 11 or year 12 because it doesn't require any prerequisite subjects (like physics or chem are year 12 subjects pretty much because physical sciences is a prerequisite (or leadup) subject).

    Basically you can do a maximum of 5/6 pretertiary (5C) subjects a year in years 11 and 12... but when it comes down to counting your TER score you can count up to two scores from year 11 and the other three scores from year 12... or one from year 11... and four from year 12... or none from year 11 and five from year 12.

    The subjects that have external examinations are all 5C subjects and are pretertiaries... the A means it's a 50 hour course... B means it's a 100 hour course... and C means it's a 150 hour course... kind of like how the 3 unit, 4 unit thing works I guess?

    We get assessed internally throughout the year for 10 criteria (with inclass tests, midyear exams, assignments, writeups etc)... and given an A, B, C or D rating on those... then in the end of year external exams (3 hours for most pretertiary subjects... stuff like music gets away with a 2 hour exam) we get assessed on 5 of the original 10 criteria and given an A, B, C or D rating on those...

    If that makes sense? It sounds so complicated lol.

    Anyway... the biology syllabus is okay, but by the sounds of things we aren't as thorough as you guys are. We don't do the Immune System... and we don't do The Search for Better Health. But apart from that I guess we are pretty even? I'm not sure... I think the fact that you guys have two years would mean you are more thorough.

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    Re: Olympiads

    Hey, what do you guys reckon would happen if some of the invited people don't go to the camp? It's bound to happen considering that the most talented people would usually do a few NQE's and get in more than one. Do they ask other people as reserves, or just have less than 23, or invite more in the first place? Because I'm pretty sure that AMOC people invite others to go when some people can't make it..

    If, then, do people know that they are reserves?

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    Re: Olympiads

    Quote Originally Posted by shepwarp
    If that makes sense? It sounds so complicated lol.
    Somewhat confusing, but it makes sense, I think
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    Schweet... ... yeah I was thinking that vulgarfraction... am curious to know the answer... but I don't think they would really advertise it hey? I know that two ppl from a school here in tas got in last year but one of them couldn't go due to other committments... so I dunno

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    Quote Originally Posted by vulgarfraction
    Hey, what do you guys reckon would happen if some of the invited people don't go to the camp? It's bound to happen considering that the most talented people would usually do a few NQE's and get in more than one. Do they ask other people as reserves, or just have less than 23, or invite more in the first place? Because I'm pretty sure that AMOC people invite others to go when some people can't make it..

    If, then, do people know that they are reserves?
    Yeah they normally have a few reserves who are told.

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    I wonder when they are going to notify us if we were selected. Any suggestions? I seem to remember reading mid-October somewhere.

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    Yeha... pretty sure it was mid october... whoever gets in has to come here and message right away? OK?! :P and then we'll elect a cheersquad for you

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    I read somewhere mid October, but that's results to schools. Logically invites won't be much later?

    I really don't like my chances.

    Good luck Wooz, fingers crossed..

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    Lol yeah for sure.... Wooz you sound so dedicated! Good luck and I really do hope you get in! And if you do you have to totally cain this guy who will most likely get in from my brother school... he is such a pain... such a bio know it all :S

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    Physics results arrived at our school today and I made it in! 2 others were also offered places. Has any school received the chemistry or biology offers yet?

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    Nice one. Were you expecting it?

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    Good job!! =)

    That means ours are coming soon. Next week..... =\

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    If u haven't been notified of selection it probably means u unfortunately didn't make it-a guy from my grade last year represenetd Australia in the chemistry international olympiad and he got notified like two weeks before we got our certificates back-congratulations to falcon07

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    That's so awesome! WOW! Study incredibly hard falcon07... and I'll get that cheersquad like I promised

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    Quote Originally Posted by haque
    If u haven't been notified of selection it probably means u unfortunately didn't make it-a guy from my grade last year represenetd Australia in the chemistry international olympiad and he got notified like two weeks before we got our certificates back-congratulations to falcon07
    Nah, our school would make a big deal if someone got in. And believe me, someone will get in. They're just being slow.

    Lotto- that's cos you can't do it in Year 12. You'd be enrolled in a tertiary institution next year and you're not in the running for Australian teams..

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    Really? Sounds like NSB class of 07 is just especially good then..

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    Re: Olympiads

    Yeah, I think not all scholars have been notified yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vulgarfraction
    Nah, our school would make a big deal if someone got in. And believe me, someone will get in. They're just being slow.
    Yep.

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