From the classroom to the world stage!

The Australian Science Olympiads (ASO) is a staged science enrichment program for highly motivated students in Australian high schools. The program covers four separate disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, and Physics.

The program allows schools to test student abilities against the national cohort; provides opportunities for teachers to challenge and extend their very best students; and allows students to build their skills, experience, knowledge and connections.

The program consists of three stages:

  1. Competing in one or more Australian Science Olympiad Exam; offered in biology, chemistry, Earth and environmental science, and physics.
  2. Being invited to attend the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School in one of the four disciplines.
  3. Being selected to represent Australia at an International Science Olympiad.

While only a select few will go on to make the international teams, participation in the ASO Exam and Summer School is a prestigious and valuable experience for schools and students alike.

Australian Science Innovations have been coordinating the selection and support of the Australian teams for over thirty-five years, with staff who go above and beyond for the program. Our dedicated participants are supported during every step of this exhilarating journey. We are proud of the quality of the program and the results achieved.

Take a look at our other great programs, the Junior Science Olympiad program for Year 7 to 10 students, or the Big Science Competition.

 

On this page, find information about:
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Australian Science Olympiad Exams

The Australian Science Olympiad Exams are challenging but rewarding online exams held once a year in the following disciplines:

  • Physics – Monday 29 July 2024
  • Biology – Tuesday 30 July 2024
  • Earth and Environmental Science – Wednesday 31 July 2024 FREE REGISTRATION
  • Chemistry – Thursday 1 August 2024

Students may sit the exam for one or more disciplines.

The cost is $16.50 (including GST) per student, per exam. In 2024, the Earth and Environmental Science Exam is free. You do not need a promo code – unlimited free registrations are available on the registration form.

Exams are two-hours long and are completed wholly online.

All students sitting the same exam must do so at the same time, under normal exam conditions and supervision.

All students who wish to be considered for ASO Summer School and selection on the team representing Australia at the International Science Olympiads in the following year must sit our ASO Exam.

Registrations for the 2024 Australian Science Olympiad Exams are now open. Register via the ASI Teacher Portal. Registrations close 24 July.

ASO Exams FAQs

You can review the syllabus and exam formats of the disciplines here:

You can also get insight into the content from our collection of ASO Past Exam Papers, available for free.

We accept Australian high school students, ideally from Years 9 – 12. These are challenging exams and we recommend trying an ASO Past Exam and Olympiads Online prior to taking part. 

We acknowledge that teachers are best placed to understand the capabilities of each student, and support their judgement when registering students to sit one or more Australian Science Olympiad Exam.

Please note the eligibility criteria for the next stages of the program for students selected for ASO Summer School and International Science Olympiads, detailed on this webpage.

Your school will require a member of staff to supervise the students during the two hours of the competition.

All students sitting the same exam must do so at the same time, under normal exam conditions and supervision.

Further details about what IT/ Technology your school will be available in the ASO Exam Administration Guide.

Note: The 2024 ASO Exam Administration Guide will be available shortly.

We encourage all students to take advantage of our collection of Past Exam Papers available for free.

Students can also register for Australian Science Olympiads Online, which contains over 500 additional questions across the discipline-specific exams.

Not at this stage. The Australian Science Olympiad Exams are open to students enrolled in an Australian school or accredited home school.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept Australian citizens who attend a school overseas, or registrations from international schools. We encourage international schools to explore Olympiad opportunities within their own home country.

You may like to consider if the Big Science Competition, our international online science competition, is suitable to your international school.

No, we only accept registrations via schools, registered home schools and distance education facilities. This is to maintain the integrity of the competition.

We cannot accept registrations from tutoring centers.

We encourage all students to discuss options to sit the competition with their teacher. Students need a quiet space with a computer where they can sit the test under normal exam conditions and supervision.

Download the 2024 ASO Exam Poster PDF, print it and display it around your classroom or school.

Students receive a certificate indicating their performance.

We will contact you by email when the report and certificates are available to download via the ASI Teacher Portal.

Further opportunities may be extended to high achieving students after the ASO Exam. We will contact successful students directly via phone and email, to offer them a place at the ASO Summer School.

You can find information about the ASO Summer School and International Science Olympiads Team further down this webpage.

Entry into the ASO Summer School program is by invitation only, offered to selected students. You must first sit one of the Australian Science Olympiad Exams and receive an exemplary result. However, a certain mark or level of result is not a guarantee that an invitation will be extended.

Pleased note, a student who scores around 40% in one or more past papers is in a good position to achieve a good result in an ASO exam.

A passable mark is not set for the exams as this varies based on the year and the exam.

We encourage students to try their best and prepare for the exams by studying using the Australian Science Olympiads Online and Past Exam Papers.

You can find more information in our Competition and Exam Support webpage.

The Australian Science Innovations (ASI) office will be open from 7 am to 5 pm AEST, Monday to Friday during the exam period.

Please contact us on 02 6125 6228, or email us on asi@asi.edu.au

Registrations for the 2024 ASO Exam are open!

  • Are you a new teacher or school?
    Welcome! We accept student registrations from teachers in Australia, or parents/ carers running a registered home school or distance-education.
    Email asi@asi.edu.au at any time to set up access to the ASI Teacher Portal.

    Registrations are open. Registrations close Wednesday 24 July 2024 5pm AEST.

  • Organised the ASO Exam before?
    Welcome back! Log in to the ASI Teacher Portal to register your students for the ASO Exam when registrations are open.
    Email asi@asi.edu.au if you are having any issues with the ASI Teacher Portal.

    Registrations are open. Registrations close Wednesday 24 July 2024 5pm AEST.

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Australian Science Olympiads Summer School

Following the completion of the exams, high achieving students may be selected and offered a place at our residential camp, ASO Summer School, held at the Australian National University in January. This part of the program is by invitation-only.

Each year, we invite twenty-four of the top performing eligible students from each of the Australian Science Olympiad Exams (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, and Physics) to the Australian National University for two-weeks of accelerated hands-on learning. Students are selected to participate in one discipline only.

ASO Summer School is a chance for students to further extend themselves in their discipline, connect with subject experts, and develop new friendships with like-minded students from across the country.

The students grow so much as individuals, but also take their new-found confidence, leadership and team-building skills and expanded science-repertoire back to the benefit of their schools and peers.

All 96 students who attend the ASO Summer School are deemed to have the potential, and may be selected, to represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads.

The ASO Summer School has been a staple of the Australian Science Olympiads experience for over thirty years!

ASO Summer School FAQS

Early in the new year, 96 students travel to Canberra for over 2 weeks of intense science programs at the Australian National University. Students are selected to participate in one of the disciplines only, and will actually complete one university-level subject of either Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, or Physics.

Students will be exposed to science like never before and will be challenged to learn, adapt and extend themselves in hands-on practicals, challenging theory examinations and in-the-field research. It is an opportunity to use world-class science facilities and meet world-renowned experts in their fields.

This is a highly structured and intensive residential school. The students are fortunate to be guided by program directors and deputy directors, dedicated to sharing their skills, knowledge, and experience. They are mentored and supported by program staff who have experienced ASO Summer School themselves. A team of support staff are available to ensure their experience is safe, fulfilling and enjoyable.

Being selected to attend ASO Summer School is not only a great opportunity to delve further into science, but the students undertake examinations and testing whilst here to be selected to represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads.

Staying on-campus in Australian National University accommodation is also an amazing experience, and it’s a great opportunity to gain first-hand insight into ‘university life’. A highlight is meeting other like-minded individuals who share a passion for science.

ASO Summer School is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, available for selected high achieving students chosen after sitting the ASO Exams.

To be eligible to accept the Australian Science Olympiads Summer School invitation, students must:

  • Have sat one of the discipline specific Australian Science Olympiad Exams
  • Hold current Australian citizenship at the time a Summer School offer is made
  • Reside in Australia
  • Students must be 15 years or older at the time Summer School commences

Entry into the ASO Summer School program is by invitation only. Successful students will be contacted via phone and email to offer them a place.

Whilst you cannot apply directly to attend ASO Summer School, you can contact your science teacher or school admin about participating in the ASO Exam at your school.

In 2024, the cost will be $2,500, which covers all travel, meals, accommodation, tutoring and equipment. Financial assistance is available where students can show financial need.

Alumni are former ASI students who have attended an ASO Summer School, JSO Spring School or have represented Australia at the International Science Olympiad or International Junior Science Olympiad. They proudly advocate and network on our behalf, volunteer and work as program staff, and tell their stories. Find out more about our Alumni Program here.

If you are an Alumni from the above ASI programs or teams, who would like to register for our Alumni program, or update your details, please email alumni@asi.edu.au

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International Science Olympiads

A chance to represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads!

Following the intense learning sessions and further exams at the ASO Summer School, the teams are selected to represent Australia at one of the International Science Olympiads. Four students are selected in Biology, Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science. Five are selected in Physics.

Olympiad medal wins provide recognition for the Australian schools and teachers leading the way in shaping our scientists of the future.

Making an Australian Science Olympiad Team involves:

  • A further residential training program – in April for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and in July for Earth and Environmental Science.
  • For physics only, eight students are selected to attend the Asian Physics Olympiad in May.
  • An official Australian Olympiad Teams Announcement at Parliament House in June – affectionately known as the Blazer Ceremony, students receive their team uniform with the official Australian Coat of Arms. Immediate family, teachers and principals are invited to attend.
  • Travel to the host country in July or August to compete on an international stage, and to engage in exciting cultural activities.

This competition encourages students to develop their talents and provides an environment for students to connect with people from unique backgrounds from across the world and experience different cultures. They have worked so hard to be selected and to prepare for the international competition, their achievements thus far are inspiring. The many medals and awards that our teams have won are well deserved, as you can see on our Honour Roll!

International Science Olympiads Australian Team FAQS

The locations of the International Science Olympiads in 2024 are as follows:

Asian Physics Olympiad: 3 – 10 June – Malaysia

International Biology Olympiad: 7 – 14 July – Kazakhstan

International Physics Olympiad: 21 – 29 July – Iran

International Chemistry Olympiad: 21 – 30 July – Saudi Arabia

International Earth Science Olympiad: 8 – 16 August – China

Please note that travel plans for Australian teams are to be determined. We prioritise student and staff safety and will only travel to locations DFAT advise to be safe and, as part of the planning process, we monitor the advice issued by them for all locations. While usually minimal, there is always a risk that things may change and we cannot travel. However, we continue with normal training and select a team. In the very worst case of not being able to travel, we will look to find an alternate option.

To be eligible to be selected for the team representing Australia at the International Science Olympiads, students must:

  • Have qualified through the ASO Exam
  • Be an Australian Citizen travelling on an Australian Passport
  • Not have commenced University
  • Age restrictions may also apply

Attendance at the International Science Olympiads is by selection only. Successful students will be contacted via phone and email.

Please note, the process to select the national team takes twelve months; therefore, students who sit the exams in July 2024 may be considered for the team attending the 2025 International Science Olympiads.

Whilst you cannot apply directly to the ISO Australian Team, you can contact your science teacher or school admin about participating in the ASO Exam at your school.

In 2024, the cost will be $3,000 per student to attend an international event. Financial assistance is available where students can show financial need.

Alumni are former ASI students who have attended an ASO Summer School, JSO Spring School or have represented Australia at the International Science Olympiad or International Junior Science Olympiad. They proudly advocate and network on our behalf, volunteer and work as program staff, and tell their stories. Find out more about our Alumni Program here.

If you are an Alumni from the above ASI programs or teams, who would like to register for our Alumni program, or update your details, please email alumni@asi.edu.au

Try Past Exam Papers with Answers!

Are you thinking about sitting the Australian Science Olympiad Exams this year? Check out the past ASO Exam Papers with Answers. Such a great tool to help your students!

Study with Olympiads Online

Australian Science Olympiads Online will help you get in shape for the Australian Science Olympiad Exams – the first step to becoming a Science Olympian.

Get Competition and Exam Support

The Competition and Exam Support page supports teachers to administer our programs with helpful troubleshooting options and support documents.