Olympiad tests skills

2017-04-11 06:00

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The 2017 Computer Applications Olympiad has now seen the introduction of a second round. The Olympiad is for CAT learners, ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) candidates and others who are computer literate.

“Being able to use computer applications is fast becoming essential for study and work. Applications help learners to make sense of data and to strengthen insight,” says Michael Cameron, manager of the Olympiad.

The Olympiad encourages learners to see the bigger picture where this is concerned.

“This is why the SA Computer Olympiad has made Round 1 of the Applications Olympiad more accessible and interesting around the theme of popular music,” he says.

The one-hour Olympiad runs at participating schools from 8 to 12 May and entry is free. The questions test learners’ skills to make sense of data in different formats such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. “The Olympiad is for learners who have a working knowledge of these common applications, including those who take CAT or IT at school.”

The Solutions Booklet with its detailed explanations is popular with teachers. It is emailed to schools immediately after the contest. Where learners write the test online, there is no marking at all for the teacher. Bronze, silver and gold certificates are awarded to the top 50% of learners across the country.

Those learners who qualify for the new Round 2 (on 7 June) will stand a chance to earn provincial certificates and to be invited to the finals in July where medals and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners and their schools.

“While Round 1 is easier than in the past, Round 2 has more higher-order questions. Round 2 also has fewer word-processing questions and more spreadsheet and database questions. It also has a couple of web design questions,” he says.

For more information and to register, go to www.olympiad.org.za and click on Applications Olympiad.

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