FIRST ROUND 

The first round of the Applications Olympiad has two divisions, OPEN and BASIC. The BASIC Division is slightly easier than the OPEN division. It covers less. The OPEN Division is at the same challenging level as before. Learners from primary schools and learners who do not take CAT may enter. However, questions are loosely based on the CAT CAPS.

Learners can take part in one of two divisions but NOT both.

OPEN
Level At the level of previous Applications Olympiads
Tasks Includes a Word, Excel and Access section, but no PowerPoint.
Award 50% of participants receive certificates – top OPEN learners will be invited to Round 2.
BASIC
Level Slightly easier than Open
Tasks Includes a Word, Excel and PowerPoint section, but no Access.
Award 50% of participants receive certificates, but do not qualify for Round 2.

(Those who want to go to the next Round should opt for the OPEN division).

FIRST ROUND

  1. A school may participate on any day at any time during the week of the First Round of the Applications Olympiad.
  2. A school may not use the First Round paper before the correct date.
  3. If a school has too many candidates to write in a single sitting, they should arrange two sittings but make sure there is no communication between the groups.
  4. The competition must run over any unbroken one-hour period during the competition week. A two hour and 20-minutewindow period is allowed for separate groups.
  5. As it is the principal and teacher who sign the certificates, it is up to them to be satisfied that the results were obtained honestly.
  6. Questions are based on Microsoft Office applications.
  7. Test conditions for the Olympiad are the same as for any external National Senior Certificate examination.
  8. There is no charge, entry is free.

SECOND ROUND

  1. A school may only run the Applications Olympiad Second Round on the designated date.
  2. A school may not use the Second Round paper before the correct date.
  3. Questions are based on Microsoft Office applications.
  4. Test conditions for the Olympiad are the same as for any external National Senior Certificate examination.

FINAL ROUND

  1. To be eligible for selection for the Final Round, candidates must
    • be among the best 10 to 15 Applications Olympiad participants nationwide
    • have used Microsoft Office
    • have taken part in the Second Round on the official competition day
    • save their calculations in the specified place (e.g. column, cell) in the required working files
    • have their answer sheet file and the required working files available on request
    • have no modifications to their files after the end of the Second Round

NB: If two or more learners from the same school qualify, then either the one with the higher scores in Round 1 and Round 2 will be invited, or the school may run a tie-breaker and then decide who should be invited.

  1. The Final Round will be at a central venue and the Computer Olympiad office will arrange and pay for flights, accommodation, meals and refreshments.
  2. Prizes:
    Each participant receives a certificate, that may help when applying for university scholarships or bursaries.
    The winning participants receive medals and cash awards. In addition their schools receive cash awards for the purchase of hardware or software.
POSITION MEDAL LEARNER SCHOOL
1 Gold R10 000 R4 000
2 Silver R6 000 R3 000
3 Silver R6 000 R3 000
4 Bronze R3 000 R2 000
5 Bronze R3 000 R2 000
6 Bronze R3 000 R2 000