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Welcome to ANCQ

The ANCQ is the Premium Chemical Education activity run by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

The Quiz has been in operation since 1982, growing from humble beginnings into an international event spread over 23 countries, 7 languages, 1400 schools and over 94,000 students. The quiz is not an exam but a means of promoting chemistry in schools and enthusing the students to study chemistry. Due to the wide and varied participation base, the quiz is not based on a specific syllabus, but rather the questions have been designed on a process basis, so that students should be able to deduce the answer from the material supplied.

Reports are also provided to teachers, so they can see how their students, and school, compare to others in the state or country. These statistics also enable teachers to gauge their own students’ understanding on various aspects of chemistry.

The Quiz comprises 30 multiple choice questions and takes one hour to complete.
It is split into 4 age divisions:

  • Junior Years 7-8
  • Intermediate Years 9-10
  • Senior Year 11
  • Final Year 12
  • ages – 12/13/14
  • ages – 14/15/16
  • ages – 16/17
  • ages – 17/18

The ANCQ is a unique chemical education activity. It provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry in an exciting and stimulating way. The RACI invites all students to participate in the ANCQ.

The ANCQ aims to promote interest in chemistry and the role of chemists in our society. The ANCQ is not a nationwide assessment of chemistry knowledge, but rather an opportunity to promote Chemistry and for teachers to gauge the understanding their students have of the subject.

The ANCQ is not a test of syllabus content. While some questions will rely on knowledge and understanding covered as part of studying the Australian Curriculum, we have endeavoured to make the quiz interesting and to promote chemistry and chemical thinking. Questions that go beyond what is covered in syllabus documents should be able to be answered by students applying their knowledge and understanding to stimulus material provided in the questions. Some questions that are designed to challenge more able students may be/will be included.

All students receive a Certificate of Participation and we anticipate that 40% of all entrants will receive Certificates of Merit to acknowledge their efforts at Credit, Distinction and High Distinction levels. Students who obtain a perfect score of 30 out of 30 receive a Certificate of Excellence and a Lapel Pin. Students are encouraged to engage with the questions and are not penalised for incorrect answers. Students will only be competing with other students from their country or state, in the same year level.

The ANCQ is truly an international competition with papers translated into seven different languages. The Quiz attracts students throughout Australia and 23 other countries, including India, Germany and China. We anticipate an even greater response for next year’s Quiz including students from Europe and the Middle East.