Australian National Chemistry Quiz (ANCQ)

Australian National Chemistry Quiz (ANCQ)

The Australian National Chemistry Quiz 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 Australian National Chemistry Quiz aims to promote interest in chemistry and the role of chemists in our society. The Australian National Chemistry Quiz 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.

Exam date

Usually, the exam is held in the month of June or July every year.


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. The top 900 students receive a Plaque. Students who obtain a perfect score of 30 receive a Certificate of Excellence and a Plaque. 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.

Sample Awards

  • Certificate of Excellence
  • Award of Excellence
  • Certificate of High Distinction
  • Certificate of Distinction
  • Certificate of Credit

Certificate of Participation