Contest information

  • The test is written online.
  • The cost of the SIN Contest is FREE for 2022
  • Login information will be sent to the proctor on May 2. Old user ids and passwords will be obsolete.
  • Your school will have a two hour time frame in which to write the exam. Pick whatever two hour time frame works best for your school.
  • Students can write on a school computer or bring in their own laptop.
  • You will be able to view the results a few days after the test. If one of your students receives a mark above a certain threshold, you can send in their solutions for hand marking.  

The contest is held in early May, written ideally under local school supervision during a two-hour period. As in the past, material will cover basic physics, mainly from the suggested Ontario Secondary School Physics Curriculum which is now aligned more with the rest of Canada. Some schools feel at a disadvantage because of semesterization but remember that the SIN Contest has always stressed basic classical mechanics and common sense. Note that this test is available to students in any grade. Results will be computer-processed, with the top 100 or so papers hand-graded to select SIN scholarship winners and a host of book awards.

It should be stressed that the SIN Contest is meant to challenge the best students to apply basic physics in problem situations. Few perfect papers are written and the "raw average score" now ranges from 20-40%. We hope students enjoy the test! The results are never seen by any admissions staff and cannot count against a student in any way.

Contest day

May 5, 2022

Register by

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Login credentials will be emailed to the test proctor on Monday, May 2, 2022.

Results and certificates are not emailed out. Teachers can print certificates and access student results from their account.

Supervision Recommendation Note

The contest must be proctored and can ONLY be written in a supervised environment. There will be NO self-administered tests in 2022.