2020 Australian Science Olympiad Exams – information for students and teachers

All exams are online and are strictly 2 hours in length.

All students in your school sitting the same exam must do so at the same time on the designated day unless prior arrangement has been made.

Access to the exam will be between 7am and 7pm AEST on the designated day only, unless prior arrangement has been made.

Junior Science Olympiad Exam – 21 August 2020

  • Students will need a calculator (non-programmable), writing implements and scrap paper
  • A link to a periodic table is supplied on the splash page of the exam which may be open in a separate tab.
  • One question involves opening a graph in a separate tab. Apart from this and the periodic table, no other browser tabs should be opened.
  • The exam contains two types of questions:
  1. Knowledge questions (based on the Yr 7-10 science curriculum): These questions tend to be shorter questions and rely on concepts or skills you already know. Some of these you will get, others you may not have encountered before (particularly if you are in Yr 7/8). Just do as many of them as you can.
  2. Analysis questions: these tend to be longer passages of text to read, or diagrams to analyse. Use your scrap paper to draw mind maps and make notes. Most of the information you need is incorporated in the question, but you will need to think about what it means, and answer questions about it.
  • All work must be your own and you must not communicate with others, including by using electronic devices such as phones or computers
  • For the integrity of the competition, if there is any evidence of collusion or other academic dishonesty, students will be disqualified
  • All markers’ decisions are final

Biology Olympiad Exam – 28 August 2020

  • Students will need a calculator (non-programmable), writing implements and scrap paper.
  • No other browser tabs are to be opened
  • No external sources are to be used
  • You can zoom in to see diagrams/graphs/images more clearly
  • The exam contains two types of questions:
  1. Knowledge questions: these tend to be the shorter questions, and rely on concepts or skills you already know.
  2. Analysis questions: these tend to be longer passages of text to read, diagrams to analyse or calculations to be made. Use your scrap paper to draw mind maps, make notes and do calculations.
  • All work must be your own and you must not communicate with others, including by using electronic devices such as phones or computers
  • For the integrity of the competition, if there is any evidence of collusion or other academic dishonesty, students will be disqualified
  • All markers’ decisions are final

Chemistry Olympiad Exam – 25 August 2020

  • Students will need a calculator (non-programmable), writing implements and scrap paper.
  • A link to a Periodic Table is supplied on the splash page of the exam which may be open in a separate tab
  • No other browser tabs are to be opened
  • No external sources are to be used
  • Only your answers as entered will be marked. Provision has been made for the award of partial marks for:
    a. partially correct answers (e.g. selecting one of multiple correct answers).
    b. intermediate answers or answers resulting from previous errors (i.e. answers resulting from taking one or more correct steps towards solving a question)
  • All work must be your own and you must not communicate with others, including by using electronic devices such as phones or computers
  •  For the integrity of the competition, if there is any evidence of collusion or other academic dishonesty, students will be disqualified
  • All markers’ decisions are final

Earth & Environmental Science Olympiad Exam – 26 August 2020

  • Students will need a calculator (non-programmable), writing implements and scrap paper
  • Links to eight (8) documents are supplied on the splash page which may be opened in separate browser tabs
  • Several questions include images and diagrams that may be opened in separate browser tabs
  • Only browser tabs with splash page documents and the tabs permitted by links from exam questions are to be open during the exam
  • The exam assumes students have science content knowledge to Yr 9 & 10 as specified by the national curriculum. All other content necessary to address the questions is provided in the readings, images and diagrams supplied in the exam
  • The exam questions should be attempted in order since some questions use sequential information. However, questions can be revisited in any order and the answer to each question is independent of the answer to any other question
  • There are several question types:
  1. Multiple choice, each worth one (1) mark
  2. Short answer questions that require a written response, each worth five (5) marks
  3. True/False questions, each worth half a mark (0.5)
  4. Questions 67, 68, 69 and 70 are not graded. They should only be attempted once students are confident they have completed all other questions. Q71 is not graded. It is an opportunity to provide written feedback to the examiners.
  • All work must be your own and you must not communicate with others, including by using electronic devices such as phones or computers
  • For the integrity of the competition, if there is any evidence of collusion or other academic dishonesty, students will be disqualified
  • All markers’ decisions are final

Physics Olympiad Exam – 27 August 2020

  • Attempt all questions in all sections of the exam
  • You will be required to view additional stimulus materials, such as images, videos and simulations which may be opened in additional browser windows or tabs from the main exam
  • Summary answers must be submitted for all questions through the online exam interface
  • Additional working may be submitted if needed in handwritten formats through uploads of files
  • Permitted materials:
  1. Paper, pens, pencils, rulers, erasers
  2. Non-programmable, non-graphical calculator, or equivalent phone or computer app
  3. Device, such as computer, to access exam through web browser and also view additional stimulus materials
  4. Device, such as smart phone, to scan work done on paper if desired and transfer files to device accessing exam
    AND/OR
  5. Stylus and app for recording handwritten work if desired for upload through device accessing exam
  • Electronic devices such as phones and computers are only to be used for the purposes described above
  • Ensure that you allow time to upload additional handwritten materials within the time limit of the exam if you plan to do so
  • Ensure that diagrams are clear and labelled
  • All numerical answers must have correct units
  • Marks will not be deducted for incorrect answers
  • Mark values are provided for each question as an indication of suggested time, with one mark meaning a suggested time of two minutes
  • All work must be your own and you must not communicate with others, including by using electronic devices such as phones or computers
  • For the integrity of the competition, if there is any evidence of collusion or other academic dishonesty, students will be disqualified
  • All markers’ decisions are final