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Today, 385 ¬†talented senior biology students from 67 secondary schools will sit the NZ International Biology Olympiad entrance exam. Dr Meikle, secretary NZIBO said “This is the largest number of students from the widest range of schools ever!” At Christ’s College, the students are so keen that they will sit this test at 7:15 am. The two hour multi-choice exam challenges students’ thinking skills and knowledge of biology.

It also gives them a sample of the type of question that they could face at the International Biology Olympiad in Bern, Switzerland in 2013. From the exam cohort, a group of 80 students will be selected to participate in the 8 month tutorial training programme. This year, the NZIBO team brought home 2 Bronze and 1 Silver medal from the International Biology Olympiad in Singapore, continuing New Zealand’s superb record in the competitions.