There are two competitions at this
level. One is an online quiz, whilst the paper competition has questions that provide more of a student challenge.
They are aimed at Year 11 (UK). Younger students may enter but not older.
This is the traditional paper based problem solving competition. This is not only for the very top students, but for all those who like to engage in problem solving questions and developing those skills. The best preparation is through working through some IPC past papers.
This is a single, one-hour paper that is suitable for Year 11
students (GCSE, Standard Grade or equivalent level). The paper
includes multiple-choice and short answer sections that aim to test
students’ knowledge and understanding of basic physics
principles. The paper is suitable for students who have studied GCSE
Science + Additional Science or GCSE Physics or equivalent.
Over 6000 students take part in the competition each year.
Necessary preparation should be by students (not the teacher) working through about four past papers. The teacher may faciltate this but is not expected to teach students how to do all the questions.
Teachers may use questions from past papers in their regular teaching, and are encouraged to do so.