FAQs

How can I get involved?

If you’re a high school student, register to take the First Round Exam, take a look at Resources for preparation, and tell all your friends!

For everyone else, we can always use help with funding so we can run a training camp and cover the team’s travel costs. If you’re qualified,  we’d love help with question-writing. Most importantly, though, make sure to tell everyone you know (especially high school students) about us!

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate in the First Round Exam. Everyone who scores above the cutoff can participate in the NAO.

To qualify for the national team, however, you must be a high school student with US citizenship or permanent residency.

How do I register?

Check out Registration in late fall/early winter to register for the First Round Exam. A teacher is not needed to proctor the First Round, and there will be a small registration fee.

If you qualify for the NAO, you will need a teacher to register for proctoring, and there will be no fee. (More details will be sent upon qualification.)

How does the selection process work?

Check out our Selection Process page!

What topics are being tested?

Take a look at the IOAA Syllabus.

What is the NAO?

The NAO, or National Astronomy Olympiad, is a 2.5 hour written exam that covers a wide variety of material related to astronomy and astrophysics. To qualify for the NAO, you must score about a cutoff value on the First Round Exam. Currently, the top five eligible scorers on the NAO will be invited to represent the USA at the next IOAA.