Selection Process

Every year, a National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO) will be held to select the US team for the upcoming IOAA. Tentatively, there will be two rounds of a theory exam (with multiple choice and free response questions), typically held around January and March respectively. Later on, we hope to include a training and selection camp, where the top 15-20 students can be tested on their practical skills as well.

First Round

The First Round exam is a 75 minute long multiple choice exam covering all parts of the IOAA Syllabus. The test is administered online, students are allowed a scientific calculator as well as the provided table of constants, and there is a $5 registration fee. Based on the results, a certain number of students will be invited to take the NAO.

National Astronomy Olympiad

The NAO is a 2.5 hour long free response exam covering all parts of the IOAA Syllabus. A teacher is required for proctoring, and students are allowed a scientific calculator as well as the provided table of constants. Based on performance, solutions, and a variety of other factors, around 15 students will be invited to a week long training camp and to represent the USA at the upcoming IOAA.*

Training Camp

A week long training camp will be held for the US team at MIT. The team will prepare for the IOAA especiallsy with respect to the observation section. We hope one day to expand this so it can accommodate more students and act as a selection camp.

Eligibility*

Note that you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident to qualify for the team, however, you may still take exams if you are not eligible to be on the team.