The OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest is sponsored by the University of Toronto – Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty.
Special thanks to Ali Sheikholeslami and Jack Sun of the Rogers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The online version is free for all participating secondary schools. A paper version of the contest is also available.
The date for the contest is Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Prizes for the OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest top finishers provided by:
University of Toronto
A 3-6 week astronomy summer internship at York University
Details here (.doc format)
1 week at the DEEP Summer Academy, University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
1 week at Western University Engineering’s Summer Academy
The high schools with the greatest student participation in the 2016 contest:
University of Toronto Schools - 88 students
Bloor Collegiate Institute - 73 students
Northview Heights S.S. - 68 students
North Park S.S. - 52 students
Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute - 48 students
Agincourt Collegiate Institute - 47 students
Don Mills Collegiate Institute - 42 students
Newmarket High School - 42 students
Ashbury College - 39 students
Woodbride College - 28 students
Frequently Asked Questions About the OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest
What is the OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest?
The OAPT physics contest is run for students currently attending school in Ontario, taking SPH3U.
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.
Is it easier to administer the computer-based contest or the paper-based
**Pros - less work for contest coordinators, overall
**Cons - Need available computers on contest day
**Pros - no technology required for the students
**Cons - photocopying before the contest, and data entry of students answers required after the contest
ALSO: once you register on the Contest Page, activate your account, and log in, you have access to many past contests.