• Supported by:
  • Verband Schweizer Wissenschafts-Olympiaden
  • Swiss Physics Olympiads


ExamTools was developed to support the exam workflow of the Scientific Olympiads.

Scientific Olympiads - as for example the regional or international Physics Olympiads - follow a relatively complex workflow in the process of discussing, voting upon, translating and marking the exam problems for the students. To simplify the formerly predominantly manual processes, ExamTools, a web-based tool was developed and successfully introduced at the International Physics Olympiad 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.

While the source code of the tool itself has been released under an Open Source license, the original development team offers paid hosting and support for future organizers of Scientific Olympiads on the basis of Software-as-a-Service agreements.

Past use

Event Location Date
International Physics Olympiad 2016 Zurich, Switzerland July 11-17, 2016
Asian Physics Olympiad 2017 Yakutsk, Russia May 1-9, 2017
Asian Physics Olympiad 2018 Hanoi, Vietnam May 5-13, 2018
International Physics Olympiad 2018 Lisbon, Portugal July 21-29, 2018
Asian Physics Olympiad 2019 Adelaide, Australia May 5-13, 2019
International Physics Olympiad 2019 Tel Aviv, Israel July 7-15, 2019
International Biology Olympiad 2019 Szeged, Hungary July 14-21, 2019
International Chemistry Olympiad 2020 Remote from Istanbul, Turkey July 23-29, 2020
International distributed Physics Olympiad 2020 Worldwide December 7-15, 2020
Asian Physics Olympiad 2021 Remote from Taipei, Taiwan May 17-24, 2021
International Physics Olympiad 2021 Remote from Vilnius, Lithuania July 17-24, 2021
International Chemistry Olympiad 2021 Remote from Tokyo, Japan July 23 - August 2, 2021
International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2021 Bogotá, Colombia November 14-21, 2021
International Junior Science Olympiad 2021 Dubai, United Arab Emirates December 12-21, 2021
International Physics Olympiad 2022 Remote from Zurich, Switzerland July 10-17, 2022
International Chemistry Olympiad 2022 Remote from Tianjin, China July 10-18, 2022
International Biology Olympiad 2022 Yerevan, Armenia July 10-18, 2022
Asian Physics Olympiad 2023 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia May 22-28, 2023
International Biology Olympiad 2023 Dubai, United Arab Emirates July 2-11, 2023
International Physicy Olympiad 2023 Tokyo, Japan July 10-17, 2023
International Chemistry Olympiad 2023 Zurich, Switzerland July 16-25, 2023
International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2023 Chorzów, Poland August 10-20, 2023


Feedback and voting system

Gather electronic feedback on the posed problems and vote on-line on changes. The text location that the feedback relates to can be indicated and feedback can be up- or downvoted.

Live edits

Changes can be worked in on the fly and can be released to the audience as desired. Differences to older versions are shown in Diff format.


The tool supports block-by-block translation from the original language version to over 60 supported languages. The system ensures that no structural information is lost in the process. Support for LaTeX formulas, images and tables is included.

Automated printing and scanning

Automated generation of beautifully rendered PDFs. Distributed bulk printing and scanning of student answer sheets. Automatically generated QR codes allow for automated sorting and consistency checking of the answer sheets.

Marking and moderation support

During the grading process, markers and delegation leaders can input the awarded marks for every sub-task of the exam. The arbitration process between the markers and leaders is supported by a specifically designed "moderation view".

Compatibility and flexibility

Works from anywhere on any recent web browser. All platforms (Windows/MacOS/Linux) are supported. No installs required.


The source code is available on GitLab with documentation here.


If you are considering using ExamTools for a future Olympiad, please contact us. We are happy to discuss your needs and come up with a tailored offer to support you best in your endeavour.
We can support you in hosting of the software, advise you on choosing the right network and printing hardware, training of your IT personnel as well as with technical support of the tool on-site.