2021 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.

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 – 26 July 2021

  • Students will need a calculator (non-programmable), writing implements and scrap paper
  • The exam contains two types of questions:
  1. Knowledge questions: These questions tend to be shorter questions and rely on concepts or skills from the Year 7-10 Australian Science Curriculum.  Students in younger years may not have encountered some of these concepts but are encouraged to give them a go anyway.
  2. Analysis questions: these tend to involve longer passages of text to read, diagrams to analyse or calculations to make.Students should use their scrap paper to draw mind maps, diagrams and make notes. 
  • Questions may include images and diagrams that may be opened in separate browser tabs
  • Only browser tabs with links from exam questions are to be open during the exam
  • Marks will not be deducted for incorrect answers
  • Students’ work must be their own and they 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 July 2021

  • 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.

Earth & Environmental Science Olympiad Exam – 28 July 2021

  • Students will need a calculator (non-programmable), writing implements and scrap paper
  • Links to several 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
  • All questions should be attempted
  • Questions will be asked in variety of styles (Multiple choice, True/False, etc)  and the value of each question indicated
  • Marks will not be deducted for incorrect answers
  • 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 – 29 July 2021

  • 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 – 30 July 2021

  • 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 opened 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.