Welcome to the National Science Olympiad registration portal.

The Olympiad comprises of an annual examination in Science  subjects (Physical and Life Sciences for Grades 10-11) as well as in Natural Science (Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-9). The main aim of the Olympiad is to identify talent, to encourage excellence in science education and to stimulate interest in the sciences. The Olympiad seeks to inspire young people to consider pursuing careers in science, engineering, and technology related fields.

Recognition of excellence is awarded to the top national performers whereby learners stand to win prizes.

Registration closing date extended to: 08 April 2024.

Examination dates:

Life Sciences: Tue, 23 July 2024
Physical Sciences: Thu, 25 July 2024
Natural Science grades 4-6: Tue, 23 July 2024
Natural Science grades 7-9: Wed, 24 July 2024

Payment of registration fees closes on 31 May 2024.

This year NRF-SAASTA is embarking on a pilot online examination of Physical Sciences and Natural Sciences grades 7-9.  Schools have the option to enrol learners to participate in the online examination or to write a paper-based examination.

  1. Paper-based means that NRF-SAASTA shall ensure that the papers and answer sheets are packed and couriered to the school for learners to write the examination the old fashioned way physically.
  2. Online means that the school will be provided with a link via email on the day of the examination and the learners will have to virtually write the examination online on either a smart phone/tablet/Desktop computer/laptop.

Note: If a school choose to participate in the pilot online examination, then all the learners must be in a position to write the examination online.  Learners must also be prepared to write the paper-based examination should NRF-SAASTA, for any undisclosed reason, decide not to pursue the pilot online examination in 2021.


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The NRF/SAASTA shall take all reasonable measures to protect the personal information of participants during NRF/SAASTA events. For the purpose of this disclaimer “personal information” shall be defined as detailed in the Promotion of Access to Information Act, Act 2 of 2000 (“PAIA”) and the Protection of Personal Information Act, Act 4 of 2013 (“POPI”). By registering for the event, the educator confirms that the necessary permission was obtained from the learner or his/her parent or guardian for personal information to be processed, collected, received, recorded, organised, collated, stored, updated, modified, retrieved, altered, consulted, used, disseminated, distributed, merged, linked, erased or destroyed during or after the event.