Grade 11 Physics Contest

* Congratulations to all the participants! *
Next year's contest date - tentative - May 20, 2020.
Schools can download certificates for their students from the official contest website (link below):

Contest Website

About the Contest

The OAPT Grade 11 Physics 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.
A new division for students who have started SPH4U has been announced!

Contest Results

The contest leaderboard is available here:


This Year's Prizes include:

Thanks to The U of T Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

The OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest is sponsored by the University of Toronto – Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Special thanks to Dawn Britton, Associate Director of U of T Engineering Outreach 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

Contests from 2012 to 2018 can be seen, and tried online,  on the contest website, after registration.
Here is our collection of previous contest questions from before 2010, 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

Contest Contributors:

Roberta Tevlin, Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, Toronto
Eric Shore, OISE teacher candidate, Toronto
Sandy Evans, Northview Heights Secondary School, Toronto

Contest Reviewers:

Andrew Moffat, Bishop Strachan School, Toronto
Saara Naudts, Mayfield Secondary School, Caledon
Dean Lee, Milliken Mills HS, Unionville
Nathan Chow, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo & Royal St. George’s College, Toronto
Nassi Rafiee, John Polanyi Collegiate Institute, Toronto

Contest Editor:

Sandy Evans, Northview Heights Secondary School, Toronto

Contest Director:

Shawn Brooks, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto

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