What we do

TALENT SEARCH: To cater for a wider audience, a new round, an aptitude test called Talent Search, is offered. Participation increased from 15,000 in 2005 to 35,000 in 2016. Schools are using it to identify learners who should be taking IT and CAT, but also Mathematics and Science.

Entry Requirements

Schools enter learners. While selected learners can be entered by their schools, it is more beneficial if entire classes are entered. The intention is that the contest is offered to entire classes or grades not only to identify talented learners, but to develop computational thinking in all learners. Only by entering entire classes will teachers be able to make full use of the Teachers Guide issued after the event.

Hosted by

South African Computer Olympiad Trust.

What is the benefit

The Talent Search challenges learners to use what they have learned in ways they may never have been taught and to develop computational thinking.

Who we target

Schools enter their learners. Learners from Grades 6 to 12 must use computational thinking to solve 15 problems, or 10 problems for Grades 4 and 5 (Elementary).

How does it work

Schools select the age groups to take part (could be all). Schools select online or pen-and-paper (or both).

Schools select English or Afrikaans (or both).

In the case of online participation, the Computer Olympiad office will send the required number of logins for the number of learners entered. The Olympiad computers do the marking (no marking for the teacher) and the results are sent to schools.

Pen-and–paper results are marked by the teacher (easy – just tick, tick, tick) and the results are sent to the Computer Olympiad office to add to the national results.

What will it cost

Entry is free. To encourage all schools to enter, there is no entry fee. The Trust works closely with partners and volunteers to provide the support, backing and energy to deliver this service.

What do we get

Gold, silver and bronze certificates issued in the name of learners, are sent to schools for learners who achieve in the top 50% of their age group nationally.

Competition Timelines

One week in March each year.

Geographical Footprint

All nine provinces of South Africa.


Website : www.olympiad.org.za click on “Talent Search 

e-mail : info@olympiad.org.za

Phone : 021-448-7864