Answers for First Round 2015

Submitted by robin on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:47am

Hi Teachers

Please send an email to request answers. Answers will not be posted on the website. We apologise for the change in procedure.

Please Send the following details:

1. Name of School

2. Your Name

3. Grades written

4. Date written

5. Number of students that wrote.

Please send an email to receive your answers.



Submitted by robin on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 8:02pm

NATURAL SCIENCES (GR 4 TO 9)                  LIFE SCIENCES OLYMPIADS (GR 10 & 11)            PHYSICAL SCIENCES (GR 10 & 11)



Science Olympiads for all learners are being promoted in keeping with decisions taken at various stakeholder levels, involving the Departments of Education, Science and Technology and Provincial Departments. This initiative falls within discussions encompassing the ‘Youth into Science Strategy’. NATIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIADS (AND SAASTE-KZN) in association with the DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (DST) have embarked on a very innovative idea to promote the Olympiads to all learners.In an effort to increase participation in the Olympiads, and to give disadvantaged learners an opportunity to experience Olympiad-type questions, we offer a FREE PRACTICE ROUND to a larger number of children in the country.



This round is being offered FREE to all learners in your Province/Region/Circuit/School. There is no charge to the learner. This is offered as a practice or revision round. This offer has been made since 2008 and many schools have used this opportunity to participate.


Your involvement as a Teacher, Department official, Superintendent, circuit Manager, MST co-ordinator or Advisor is to download these papers from the website ( from 10 MARCH 2015 or to get your fellow officials to download these and offer e-copies, sample templates or papers to your schools. Alternatively, you may make copies ON CDs or memory sticks and pass these on to your schools.


You are urged to use this opportunity to experience the Olympiads. Download the papers and answer sheets – then get all the students to write them. You will mark them in the next week when the answers are uploaded to the website. You can use these marks for your continuous assessment.


The website gives all the information necessary to run a successful PRACTICE ROUND. Answers will be posted on the website on the 18 March 2015, so that Educators can assess the work. This could be used as another assessment task/activity (in continuous assessment).

2015_grade_4_rev_paper_ns.pdf594.49 KB
2015_grade_5_rev_paper_ns.pdf579.41 KB
2015_grade_6_rev_paper_ns.pdf389.61 KB
2015_grade_7_rev_paper_ns.pdf529.52 KB
2015_grade_8_rev_paper_ns.pdf673.42 KB
2015_grade_9_rev_paper_ns.pdf469.19 KB
2015_grade_10_rev_paper_life_sc.pdf408.07 KB
2015_grade_10_rev_paper_phy_sc.pdf308.97 KB
2015_grade_11_rev_paper_life_sc.pdf670.09 KB
2015_grade_11_rev_paper_phy_sc.pdf281.83 KB
answer_sheet-first_round_2015.pdf82.74 KB
olym_2015_letter_to_schools_about_rev_test.pdf157.66 KB


Submitted by robin on Sun, 02/15/2015 - 5:26pm


Submitted by robin on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 7:05pm

Olympiad Results and Post Office strike

Submitted by robin on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:19pm

Teachers and Principals: Strike by post office

Please note that the recent post office strike caused huge problems for the National Science Olympiad. Therefore:

1. There was a delay in sending out your papers by registered mail. Consequently most of our mail was sent out by Courier and some by email. We trust that all of the schools registered have written the examinations. There were still about 115 packages that were sent via registered mail.

2. We expected you to return your answers by registered mail to us. However, at this stage we still have not reveived any registered mail from the post office. Apparently, though the strike is/was over from 9 September, they have a backlog which will take time to sort out. We are not sure how long.

3. If we do not receive the answers back timeously, there may be a delay in the processing and return of the results. If this occurs, we are not sure if it would be possible to have an awards function this year. A decision on this willl be taken in October and we will let the awardees know.

4. Please use your tracking number to let us know where your post is. Call and check. Also send us an email with your tracking number (s).

5. We will stay positive and hope that we can expedite marking so that we could remain on track for the succesful completion of our Olympiads.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We trust that you understand that we did our best under the circumstances. It is disappointing to us and we do hope that you will not let this affect your continued aprticipation in the Olympiads.

We plan to use the courier service next year to send papers to centres for collection by you. Centres would be set up in Cape Town, East London, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Pretoria. There are centres in KwaZulu-Natal and we would continue to use these.

Our thanks to all the Administration Staff, Teachers of Science, Heads of Departments, Deputy Principals and Principals for their admnistartive work to ensure the success of the Olympiads.

Robin Naidoo - Co-ordinator


National Science Olympiad Exams 2014

Submitted by robin on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:52pm

Please note that the post office strike has affected the delivery of papers to schools.

Some schools were sent papers via a courier company - these were fine and reached their destinations timeously.

However, there were about 115 packages that were sent to schools using the Post Office registered mail service. We have been tracking this mail with the help of a Manager at the Post Office. Unfortunately, some of these schools still did not receive their printed papers. We did send papers to the schools via email. We do apologise this inconvenience.

The strike is still on at the time of writing.

Schools wishing to courier their answers may do so: Send to:

S. Naidoo (Robin)





2014 Practice Round Answers

Submitted by robin on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 2:14pm


Submitted by robin on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 2:50pm
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