Grade 11 Physics Contest

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Registration begins January 2018

Contest Website

About the Contest

The OAPT Grade 11 Phyiscs Contest is a free physics contest for students currently attending school in Ontario, taking SPH3U. 
The contest is available in both an online version and a paper version.

Results from the 2017 contest

The contest leaderboard is available here:


pAST cONTEST Prizes have included:

A 3-6 week summer science internship at York University.

1 week at the DEEP Summer Academy, University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Tickets to Canada’s Wonderland

Thanks to The U of T Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest is sponsored by the University of Toronto – Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty.
Special thanks to Vaughn Betz and Jack Sun of the Rogers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What about schools outside Ontario? Schools outside of Ontario are not eligible to offer the current year's contest to its students, however students are welcome to register as a "Visitor". Visitors are able to look at past contests and run them on their computers.

What materials are the contest participants permitted? The students can use non-programmable calculators and scrap paper as required for their rough work. The students should not take the used scrap paper away with them when they leave the contest room.

What is the length of time students have to write the OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest? The students have 60 minutes to complete it. The contest has 30 multiple choice questions, usually with one or two of those questions based on the previous year's nobel prize in physics, or current events in physics.

What time of day must the OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest be written? The contest can be written at any time that is convenient on the contest date. If a computer lab is not available until lunch time, for example, that is fine.

Previous Contest Questions

Here is our collection of previous contest questions sorted according to topic.



Energy and Society 

Waves and Sound 

Electricity and Magnetism 

Current Events in Physics 

Nobel Prize in Physics 

Light and Optics 


Nuclear Physics 


Thanks to our volunteers and experts who review the contest and contribute questions

Saara Naudts, North Park Secondary School
Shawn Brooks, University of Toronto Schools
Jason Pereira, York Memorial Collegiate Institute
Roberta Tevlin, Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute 
Sandy Evans, Northview Heights Secondary School
Rick Debenedetti, Streetsville Secondary School 
Dean Lee
Nathan Chow, Royal St. George’s College 
Andrew Moffat The Bishop Strachan School 
Justin Keung, Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary 
Andrea Wright, Richmond Hill High School
Vjera Miovic

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