What is the Big Science Competition?

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Public registrations have now closed. If you are a teacher who would like to register your class, please contact asi@asi.edu.au.

The Big Science Competition is 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  (find out how you can use the results). This report is only available to schools. Competition questions are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science.

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

Participate in the Big Science Competition!

Public registrations have now closed. If you are a teacher who would like to register your class, please contact asi@asi.edu.au.

2022 dates: Monday 2 to Friday 13 May 2022
Registrations close: 5pm AEST 27 April 2022. 
Price: $7 plus GST

  • The Big Science Competition is open to students in Year 7-10.
  • Each registration is $7 + GST.
  • Students could win one of four iPads just by taking part!*

Why do we encourage registrations through schools?

Over 700 schools take part in the Big Science Competition each year, so it’s very likely that a school may have plans to sit the competition, and they may have already registered their students! Checking in with a school first helps us avoid duplicate registrations and students sitting the exam twice.

When can you sit the Big Science Competition?

The Big Science Competition can be completed at any time between 2-13 May 2022. It is the expectation that students will sit the competition as a cohort at school, under exam conditions to maintain the competition integrity. Students who are home-schooled, learn remotely or who otherwise cannot sit the exam at their school may sit the competition at home.

How can we prepare for the Big Science Competition?

Preparation is key! We offer free sample questions across all paper levels. Additionally, you can purchase past papers for a small fee.

If you have any additional questions about the Big Science Competition, please contact Nurul by emailing asi@asi.edu.au.

Watch the video below to find out more about the competition.

*competition Terms and Conditions apply.