The Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC)
Organized by the Oxford University
Advanced selection for The British Informatics Olympiad
Four difficult levels: Elite, Seniors, Intermediates and Juniors
Suitable for Grade1-Grade12 students
No requirements for programming language in junior and intermediate levels
Date: May. 11, 2024 (Sat.) 14:00-14:45(45 minutes, online)
The Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) is an invitation event which aims to encourage students to develop their skills further and produce programmed solutions to computational thinking problems. The pilot challenge attracted nearly 10,000 British participants. OUCC is divided into four levels based on difficulty, namely, Elementary, Intermediate, Seniors and Elite, corresponding to elementary, middle and high schools respectively. Officially Website: https://oucc.uk
The Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) , along with British Informatics Olympiad (BIO), stands as part of the United Kingdom Computational Thinking Challenges (UKCT Challenges) . In the UK, the best OUCC students will be invited to sit for the British Informatics Olympiad (BIO). Officially Website: https://ukctchallenges.org
Junior: Chinese & English
Intermediate: Chinese & English
- Preliminary: round 1
- Final: round 2 (Award winners in China)
- Preliminary: May. 11, 2024 (Sat.) 14:00-14:45
- Final: Jun. 22, 2024 (Sat.)
Online (exam computer or phone must be equipped with a camera)
Junior: Grade 1 - 6
Intermediate: Grade 7 - 8
Senior: Grade 9 - 10
Elite: Grade 11 - 12
Note: Experienced lower grade students can choose higher level contest.
Some sections tasks will require participants to be familiar with the Blockly programming language. Other tasks will allow students to program in any programming language using any IDE available on their computers.
Students can use documentation or tool tips that are built in to their IDE but they may not look up documentation on the internet, search the internet in any way, or use other applications whilst participating in the Challenge.
- Section 1-A: 5 tasks to solve that test understanding of syllabus area one in a fairly straightforward way.
(4 points each)
- Section 2-B: 5 tasks testing understanding of more than one syllabus area one skill. These tasks may, in addition, require the application of the Computational Thinking skills outlined in syllabus area two.
(6 points each)
- Section 3-C: 2 longer problems that test programming skills and the computational thinking skills outlined in syllabus area two.
(8 points each)
Interpreting your score:
20+ points: Good – You have the basics covered.
30+ points: Excellent – You need to have solved more than half of the 12 tasks.
50+ points: Fantastic – 10 out of 12 problems need to be solved to achieve this.
66 points: Outstanding. This is the maximum possible score!
Reward by different levels
•Perfect Score: Students with perfect score
•High Distinction: Top 10%
•Merit: Top 50%
Qualification: Award winners in China；
Date: Jun. 22, 2024 (Sat.)
Content: Consistent with the preliminary
The OUCC Syllabus
Syllabus Area One:
* Juniors and Intermediates will not be set problems that require an understanding of syllabus area two.
Age group differences
The Final Statistics for the 2021 Challenge
|Participants||Top Scores||Top 25%||
- Preliminary (round 1): May 5, 2024
- Final (round 2): Jun. 16, 2024
- Candidates must bring their own computer for programming competition
ASDAN EPQ Scholarship
Noted：The ASDAN Scholarship is only available to Year 10, 11 and 12 students for participating ASDAN Extended Project Qualification(EPQ). EPQ is recommended by the G5 group and many leading universities as a competitive academic experience. Scholarships cannot be exchanged for cash. For further details see:http://www.seedasdan.org/epq/。