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41st Annual American Chemical Society (ACS)
High School Chemistry Contest
Illinois State University—Monday, April 9, 2018

Illinois State University (Normal, Illinois) is pleased to announce that it will host the 41st Annual American Chemical Society High School Chemistry Contest. This year's event is organized and sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST), and the Chemistry Club at Illinois State University, with additional support from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois), and the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society. Over 60 high schools have been invited to attend the event this year. In recent years, this event has had attendance in excess of 500 students.



Practice questions can be found on the Chemistry Exam Archives on the following website: (Password: Wyse2014). These practice questions contain similar content, but not necessarily similar format to the questions that will be asked. Being able to complete these questions is good practice for the types of questions that will be on the exam.


Monday, April 9, 2018


8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (detailed schedule below)


Brown Ballroom, located in the lower level of the Bone Student Center.
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790

Parking is available for cars in the Bone Student Center Parking Lot, located on the north side of the building. Please refer to for a map of these locations.

Bus parking is available in Parking Lot S103. For drivers to get back to the Bone Student Center via Connect-Transit, please see the Yellow Line Route Map. The fee to ride is $1.00 each way, exact change.

Contest and Awards Information

The First Year Chemistry Contest is open to students currently enrolled in a first year chemistry course or to students who have completed the first year course but have not enrolled in a second year course. The Advanced Chemistry Contest is open to students currently enrolled in a second year chemistry course or to students who have completed a second year course. Students may only take their examination once. The examination format for both examinations will be 45 multiple-choice questions. A periodic table will be provided. Each student should bring a calculator to the examination; however, programmable calculators will not be allowed.

Participation is limited to five highly motivated students per chemistry class offered at your school. For example, if your school has five sections of first year chemistry, then 25 students will be eligible to participate in the Contest. The method used to select participants is at your discretion.

Examinations will be graded electronically immediately following the exam period, so that winners can be recognized on the day of the event during the awards ceremony. Students and their teachers will also be honored with certificates, awards, and plaques by the American Chemical Society on location at their schools in late May. First place winners will also receive a traveling plaque to be displayed in the high school for one year. In addition, the top students on each examination will be invited to participate in the International Chemistry Olympiad Program (ICO). The ICO is an international competition cosponsored by the American Chemical Society.

Teachers will receive reports on their students' performance on the examinations, including each student's score, percentile, percentile rank, and item analysis. We hope you will find this information beneficial.

Schedule of Events

8:00 - 9:00 AM Check-in & STEM Fair
9:00 - 9:15 AM Welcome
9:15 - 10:45 AM Exam for students & special events for teachers (Continental breakfast provided for teachers.)
10:45 - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Choose Your Own Adventure!

  • Lunch - Lunch will be on your own. Bring your own sack lunch or bring money to purchase lunch in the Bone Student Center at McAlister's Deli, Einstein's Bros. Bagels, Burger King, or Pizza Hut Express.
  • Chemistry Department tours and Chemistry Club activities
  • Tour of ISU campus
1:30 - 2:00 PM Awards Ceremony


Volunteer at the ACS High School Chemistry Contest

We are in need of two types of volunteers for the ACS High School Chemistry Contest:

  1. General Assistants—These volunteers will assist with a variety of tasks including: event set-up, staffing the check-in table, sorting student exams, etc.
  2. Exam Proctors—Each exam proctor will be assigned a row of tables where high school students will be seated. Exam proctors will pass out and collect exams to students at their assigned tables and monitor students during the exam.


For more information, please contact:

Michelle Merfeld, Department of Chemistry
Phone: (309) 438-7691

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