A 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing science knowledge, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable (and interesting)!

The Big Science Competition is an easy way to challenge students from Years 7 to 10 and track their performance against state or national averages. Competition questions are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science.

Students receive a certificate indicating their performance and schools will receive comprehensive reporting on student results compared to class, school and national averages.

Students Sitting the Big Science Competition could lead to selection in science extension programs including the Australian Science Olympiads and Curious Minds – girls in STEM.


  • Are you a student?

    We accept all registrations through schools. Please discuss taking part in the Big Science Competition with your science teacher.

    Registrations are currently closed and will open in early 2023.

  • Are you a teacher?

    We accept registrations for the Big Science Competition through schools.

    Registrations are currently closed and will open in early 2023.


All high school students in Year 7 – 10 are eligible to sit the Big Science Competition.

Yes, we welcome schools from across the globe. You can view the equivalent year-levels below.

Competition Level Australian Year Level New Zealand Year Level Singapore Year Level Approximate age range
Year 7 paper Year 7 Year 8 Sec 1 12-13 years
Year 8 paper Year 8 Year 9 Sec 2 13-14 years
Year 9 paper Year 9 Year 10 Sec 3 14-15 years
Year 10 paper Year 10 Year 11 Sec 4 15-16 years

The Big Science Competition costs $7+GST per student.

Absolutely. Contact us for more information on hosting the Big Science Competition at your school.

Students who sit the Big Science Competition are assessed against the outcomes for the Australian Curriculum – Science. The competition is designed not only to test their science knowledge, but their critical thinking and problem-solving skills too!

As a teacher, you’ll get access to comprehensive results that show where your students sit individually, and as a cohort against your state. We provide additional resources that can help you implement the learnings of the exam within the classroom.

Yes! All Australian students who sit the exam go in the running to win prizes—no matter of their result!