Frequently Asked Questions – IrEOES Round 1

Who may apply?
Any student in Transition Year or Fifth Year may apply to take part in Round 1, which will be held online.

How much will it cost me to take part in IrEOES?
There is no registration fee and no participation fee for IrEOES. Students who qualify for Round 2 must pay all their own expenses incurred in travelling to and from DCU and any other personal costs incurred, e.g. B&B, meals etc.

What is the age limit?
The students must be 17 years of age (or younger) on December 31 on the year of EOES (the international competition). As Round 1 is usually held in October/November prior to the EOES that takes place the following April/May, this means that the students must be 16 years of age (or younger) on December 31 of the year Round 1 of IrEOES takes place.

How do I know that I have successfully registered for Round 1?
You should receive an automated email response with a link to the test of your choice (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics).

Can I take the test at another time?

What kind of test is the IrEOES?
In Round 1 the tests usually comprise Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) or short answer questions. The scientific committee may administer an additional reasoning test. The Biology, Chemistry & Physics Tests are run simultaneously, so you can only enter one of the competitions.

Does that mean that I must choose one subject only?
YES. On the Registration Form you must indicate which subject you are taking.

Can I change my mind?
YES. Just edit your registration.

Can I get previous test papers?
NO, and please do not ask for them. The tests change every year. You are encouraged to read around the subject area. You will be presented with material that you may not have met in school that will require scientific reasoning skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge to solve problems. It is not an exam, it is a test.

What standard of science is required to answer the questions?
Pass Leaving Certificate.

Is there a practical test/experiment?
Not in Round 1.

How long will the tests take?
Round 1 takes 1 hour.

What can I use?
Just your brain and a calculator, nothing else – not the internet, not textbooks, not other people. Nothing else.

When will I know if I’ve qualified for Round 2?
We will email everybody with the results within one week of completing Round 1.

Can I appeal the result?
No, our decision is final.

About IrEOES Round 2 and beyond

Is there a practical test/experiment?

How long will the tests take?
Round 2 takes around 3 hours.

Where and when will it take place?
At Dublin City University, typically in January.

What do we do when the test is over?
Take a break of approximately one hour. DCU cafes and shops are open. The closing ceremony will then take place.

Must I attend the closing ceremony?
All finalists are requested to and expected to attend the closing ceremony. If you wish to be excused please inform the Director.

What do we receive at the end of Round 2?
All participants will receive a certificate.

Do the winners get medals?
The top student in each subject will receive a gold medal, the next student in each subject a silver medal, and the next four in each subject will receive bronze medals.

How is the IrEOES team selected?
All medal winners will be invited to participate in Practical Training in February/March and after a further assessment, the top 6 students will be selected to represent Ireland at EOES.

If I am one of the 6 who make the final team, then:

How many members in each team?
Three (two teams with three members in each).

How are the team members selected?
The Scientific Committee decided which three students make up each team.

Do the students compete as a team or as three individuals?
They compete as a team.

Does each team member get the same medal?

Does the team get any special training?
Throughout November the students do assignments. Failure to complete these assignments will result in removal from the team. The team members may receive a two-day, intensive, residential training course in DCU prior to departure to IrEOES.

If selected on the Irish EOES team will I have to fund myself?
Accommodation and meals during the two-day training programme, flight to and from EOES and accommodation and meals at the EOES are provided free of charge to the team members.

Why do I need Parental/Guardian consent?
Because you are a minor travelling outside Ireland with a non-family member.

Will the team members have contact with the leaders during EOES?
After the opening ceremony the leaders are given the tests to agree and to translate into the student’s native language. No contact with the students is allowed until after this test is over.

If a student gets sick or need attention of any kind what happens?
One of the leaders is excused from translation and other duties and will deal with the student. If the leader has already seen the test, the student will not be allowed do that test.

Will the team members need travel insurance?
The DCU Travel & Medical insurance covers all delegation members. This covers all emergencies. Team members may take out additional insurance if they feel it necessary.

How much pocket money do team members need?
Very little. All food is provided. Money is required only for personal effects and gifts.

Are valuables safe?
Students should not bring expensive jewellery or valuable items. Minding them may become a tedious burden.

What clothes should the team members bring?
This depends on the climate at EOES. However nice clothes are required at the opening and closing ceremonies. Otherwise the student should wear normal casual clothes that they feel comfortable wearing.

What is the most important thing to remember abroad?
Misbehaviour will not be tolerated. Taking alcohol or non-prescription drugs is strictly prohibited once the students come under the authority of the team leaders. Different customs to ours apply in many countries: huge respect for authority figures is one. The student is an Ambassador for school and country, and is expected to behave accordingly.