What are the Rewards?


Candidates who enter and write the English Olympiad are eligible for a certificate indicating their achievements, as follows: Participation (49% or less), Merit (50-59%), Bronze (60-69%), Silver (70-79%), Gold (80-89%) or Diamond (90%+). Candidates who do not complete the paper or whose answers were clearly insufficient, will not receive a certificate (Unclassified).


The Top 3 HL candidates in the 2022 Olympiad will receive substantial cash prizes of R35 000 (1st place); R30 000 (2nd place) or R25 000 (3rd place).  Learners who are ranked between 4th and 20th positions in the HL Examination or in the Top 10 in the FAL Examination will receive cash prizes, and/or books or book vouchers.

Top 15

Each year, the Top 12 HL candidates and Top 3 FAL candidates are invited to attend the National Schools Festival in Grahamstown during July, free of charge

The English Olympiad Prize Giving is usually held during the National Schools Festival, and the rank orders of the HL Top 20 and FAL Top 5 are announced during the ceremony. The rank orders of the HL Top 100 and FAL Top 20 are published on the Olympiad website and announced in a media release soon after the Prize Giving.

Top 50

The Top 42 HL and Top 8 FAL candidates are offered free tuition scholarships for their first year of any programme of study at Rhodes University, after successful completion of their Matriculation examination, subject to their meeting the University’s normal entry requirements.