The UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO) is a competition in which students have to solve linguistic data problems.
Each year hundreds of students compete in two or three hours of ‘code-breaking’ – analysing the patterns in a small amount of linguistic data, and working out how the underlying system works. The UK Olympiad also enters at least one team in the International Linguistics Olympiad.
The competition is run at four different levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. As a rough guide, Breakthrough level is for KS2, Foundation level is for KS3, Intermediate level is for KS4 and Advanced level is for KS5.
This year five of our most talented code breaking students entered at Foundation level: Helena Hunter, Andy Young, Declan Forster, Stefan Zak and Bethany Ragan.
If you would like to see what the tests are like, try a past paper and let us know how you do!