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Use the tests from previous Hippo competition editions to prepare. Bear in mind that in Hippo 2018, students will take reading and listening tests in the preliminary round and reading and writing tests in the semi-final round. In the semi-final round, tests are one CEFR level higher than in the preliminary round.

Hippo 2017 Past Papers

Preliminary Round

Semi-final Round

Hippo 2016 Past Papers

Preliminary Round

Hippo 2015 Past Papers

Preliminary Round

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Hippo 1 Hippo 2 Hippo 3 Hippo 4 Hippo 5
Version 2
Hippo 1 Hippo 2 Hippo 3 Hippo 4 Hippo 5

Pearson recommended preparation books

HIPPO 1

  • Backpack 1 & 2
  • Islands 2 & 3
  • Tracks 3 & 4
  • New English Adventure 1 & 2
  • Our Discovery Island 2 & 3
  • Yazoo 2 & 3
  • Discover English Starter
  • New Sky Starter

HIPPO 2

  • New Sky 1 & 2
  • Challenges 1 
  • New Challenges 1 & 2
  • Discover English 1 & 2
  • Next Move 1 
  • Real Life Elementary 
  • Up Beat Starter 
  • Speakout Elementary 2 nd Edition
  • New Total English Elementary 
  • Cutting Edge Elementary 3rd Edition
  • Today! 1 & 2
  • Live Beat 1
  • Gold Experience A1

HIPPO 3

  • New Sky 3 
  • Challenges 2 
  • Challenges 3 
  • New Challenges 2 
  • New Challenges 3 
  • Discover English 3 
  • Discover English 4 
  • Next Move 2 
  • Real Life Pre-Intermediate
  • Cutting Edge 3rd Edition Elementary
  • New Total English Elementary 
  • Speakout Elementary 2 nd Edition
  • Activate A2 
  • Up Beat Elementary
  • Up Beat Pre-Intermediate
  • Today! 3 & 4
  • Live Beat 2 & 3
  • Gold Experience A2

HIPPO 4

  • (New) Success Pre-Intermediate
  • New Opportunities Pre-Intermediate
  • Challenges 4
  • New Challenges 4
  • Discover English 5
  • Next Move 3
  • Real Life Intermediate
  • Activate B1
  • Up Beat Intermediate
  • Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate
  • Cutting Edge Intermediate
  • New Total English Pre-Intermediate
  • New Total English Intermediate
  • Speakout Pre-Intermediate 2 nd Edition
  • Speakout Intermediate 2 nd Edition
  • Live Beat 4
  • Gold Experience B1
  • Choices Pre-Intermediate

HIPPO 5

  • New Opportunities Intermediate
  • New Opportunities Upper-Intermediate
  • (New) Success Intermediate 
  • (New) Success Upper-Intermediate
  • Real Life Upper-Intermediate
  • Speakout Upper-Intermediate
  • New Total English Upper-Intermediate
  • Cutting Edge 3rd Edition Upper-Intermediate
  • Activate! B2
  • Choices Intermediate & Upper-Intermediate
  • Gold Experience B2