Chemistry competitions

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Chemistry competitions

United States National Chemistry Olympiad, run by the American Chemical Society

Local Chemistry Olympiad

Nearly 16,000 U.S. students participate in Local Chemistry Olympiad competitions. Over 70% of Local Sections use the Local Section Exam prepared by the ACS Chemistry Olympiad Examination Task Force. Exams are administered annually in March and students are nominated for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competition based on their performance.

National Chemistry Olympiad

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad national exam (USNCO) is a 3-part, 4 hour and 45 minute exam administered in mid or late April by ACS Local Sections. Approximately 1000 students qualify from local exams to take the USNCO.

Washington University Chemistry Tournament(WUCT)



USNCO National preparation:

  • Chemical Principles: the Quest for Insight by Peter Atkins and Loretta Jones
  • Chemical Principles by Steven S. Zumdahl and Donald J. DeCoste
  • General Chemistry; Volumes I & II by Charles E.Mortimer
  • Organic Chemistry by David Klein

High School A.P. and Honors courses:

Chemistry by Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl

Online Resources

See also