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Registration is open for 7th Int’l English language contest

The widely participated English language competition in the Balkan states, Asia and Europe is back in the country!

The Philippine Board of Studies Foundation (PBOSF) Inc. will conduct the HIPPO 2019 7th International English Language Competition (English without Borders) for the second time in the Philippines. The Olympiad is open to students 6 – 19 years old from the whole world. Students wishing to participate will take the tests at the selected MTG centers or schools nationwide.

The participants will compete in 8 categories (6 regular and 2 special) based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

Category Age CEFR Level Preliminary CEFR Level SF & Final
Little Hippo Students born in 2009and younger CEFR Pre A1 YL CEFR A1 YL
Hippo 1 Students born in 2007 and younger CEFR A1 YL CEFR A2 YL
Hippo 2 Students born in 2006 and younger CEFR A1 CEFR A2
Hippo 3 Students born in 2004 and younger CEFR A2 CEFR B1
Hippo 4 Students born in 2002 and younger CEFR B1 CEFR B2
Hippo 5 Students born in 2000 and younger CEFR B2 CEFR C1

Legend: YL – Young Learners

Special categories are aimed at students who are considered bilingual according to the Hippo Olympiad regulations (see above) as well as for the international schools and the schools where all subjects are taught in English (except for the countries where English is the only official language, e.g. UK). These students can compete in one of the following two categories:

Hippo S1 Students born in 2005 and younger CEFR B2 CEFR C1
Hippo S2 Students born in 2000and younger CEFR C1 CEFR C2


This contest using the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), an international standard for describing language ability, promotes English language and challenges students around the globe to compete in English knowledge.

These are the following dates to remember:

Registration Starts      : November 1, 2018 (Thursday)

Registration Deadline  : February 3, 2019 (Sunday)

Preliminary Round      : February 16, 2019 (Saturday)

Semi-Final Round       : March 30, 2019 (Saturday)

Final Round                : May 11 – 12, 2019 (Lido Di Jesolo – Venezia, Italy)


Note: Those students, who reached Hippo 2018 final round, cannot compete in the same category in Hippo 2019.  The students of lower grades than the ones in the table can also compete if they feel prepared for the level.

Registration end date is 3rd February 2019. No applications will be accepted after this date.

For further inquiry on the registration procedures, please contact Mr. Mico Ventus at this email address,


Please click on this link for more information: