Round 1 USABO Open Exam:
The first round consists of a 50 minute, teacher administered, multiple choice exam that can be given during or after school.
Round 2 USABO Semifinal Exam:The Semifinal is a two hour exam consisting of three sections. The exam is administered at school by a licensed teacher. Part A of the Semifinal Exam covers basic knowledge in a multiple choice format (approximately 40 minutes). Parts B and C consist of higher level questions with multiple answers, interpretation of graphs, analysis of data, case studies, fill in the blank questions and some open response questions (approximately 80 minutes). A student must pace him/herself over the three sections.
National Finals at Purdue University:
Students are responsible for transportation to and from the USA Biology Olympiad National Finals. Laboratory investigations and USABO lectures and discussions are conducted by professors, all with Ph.D.’s, all experienced in undergraduate instruction, all renowned researchers in a biological discipline. Laboratory experiments are similar to those of a third year undergraduate. Evenings consist of tutoring, study, the distinguished lecture series and unstructured time. Counselors and lab assistants, all former IBO medalists, and the CEE academic advisors live in the dorm with the finalists.