The British Informatics Olympiad is the computing competition for schools.
BIO'96 is sponsored by Data Connection.
A similar competition exists for students in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The exam will be taken on a day of the school's choosing, but marks must be returned by Friday 22 March.
Answers consist of the student's computer programs (which should be stored on a floppy disk and printed out), the written answers to the problems, and the results of the tests specified in the marks scheme.
The answers are to be marked by the teacher in charge. Marks should be submitted on the form which accompanies the marks scheme. All answers should be retained by the teacher in charge and may, for moderation, be required at short notice by the BIO organisers.
Food, accommodation, and reasonable travelling expenses (which must have been agreed in advance) will be paid for by the BIO.
The final will consist of a series of written and programming problems. The machines used for the final will be 486 PCs. The languages available will be Turbo Pascal and Turbo C/C++. There will be some free time and an opportunity for competitors to surf the Internet.
The four winners of the BIO and a team reserve will be selected at the final, and will be announced at a presentation ceremony on the last day.
The IOI will take place in Vesprém, Hungary, from 25 July to 1 August 1996. All expenses of travel, food and accommodation will be covered by the BIO and IOI, although team-members are advised to bring their own pocket money.
The team will be accompanied by two team leaders.
The team members will compete as individuals against approximately 180 students from over 45 countries, solving problems using computers; the best students will receive gold, silver or bronze medals.