The competition tasks are of algorithmic nature; however, the contestants have to show such basic IT skills as problem analysis, design of algorithms and data structures, programming and testing.
The students are typically given three problems which they have to solve in five hours. Each student works on his/her own, with only a computer and no other help allowed, specifically no communication with other contestants, books etc. Usually to solve a task the contestant has to write a computer program (in C, C++, Pascal, or Java) and submit it before the five-hour competition time ends.
The student who solved the problem most efficiently receives the highest score.
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First, the applicants go through online registration where they need to submit their application forms, recommendation, personal essay, school grades and additional prizes they received. The ones who qualify interview. There are only 4 spots for national representative. Summer school is for two weeks, winter school is for 2 weeks, focused on training for international round. Anyone can apply for Regular education session.
There is no application fee but there may be fees related to summer/winter school or Regular education sessions.
Need great amount of knowledge in informatics to be selected as a candidate and participate in international round. It is not unusual for university level informatics to be part of the test. Can participate in regular education as that does not have any selection process.
Total education period is one year.
1. Registering online, submitting required forms