Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can any Student compete in the CBO?

A. Students must be enrolled in a Canadian High School in Canada or in their first year of CGEP in Quebec. Students must be a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant. 

Q. Where can I complete the portfolio portion of the competition?

A. You must complete the portfolio at your High School. Guidelines for your supporting teacher can be found here

Q: What biology knowledge do I need to know to compete in the CBO and IBO?

A: The syllabus and rules for the IBO can be found at

Q: Is there a recommended textbook for the CBO and IBO?
A: The recommended textbook for the 2020 Biology Olympiad is: “Biology, 9th Edition” by Neil Campbell and Jane Reece.