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    ANCQ Quiz 2020



    UPDATE - Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Quiz was cancelled for 2020.

    Next year, the Quiz will be held on Thursday 29 July.
    We look forward to seeing you back then!

    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 20 other countries around the world, including India, Germany and China. 

    The Quiz consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes, either in paper format or online.

    There are four age levels at which students can compete:

    • Junior – Years 7 & 8
    • Intermediate – Years 9 & 10
    • Senior – Year 11
    • Final – Year 12

     * (Some flexibility does exist if this date clashes with another school event)

    ANCQ Past Papers are now available. Please visit our store, or click on the link below, to purchase all year levels.


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    Chemical Resource Centre

    The RACI has produced a free resource database for teachers to use as a teaching aid.

    It has been divided into 4 topics, and includes latest news, research articles and demonstrations that both students and teachers alike will find beneficial for their chemistry knowledge and understanding.

    Also available at ancq.moodle.com.au
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    Please note: If you are located in Singapore you will not be able to purchase past papers from the store. For further enquiries please email the ANCQ team at ancq@raci.org.au




                DATE                                                                LOCATION     CONTACT
     CANCELLED                                      Hong Kong 

     Mr Ricky Yeung

    CANCELLED Vietnam

     Quynh Lien LE

     CANCELLED Sri Lanka

     Mr N I N S Nadarasa

     CANCELLED    Australia, Brunei, China, Fiji, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea,   Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Western Samoa 

     ANCQ Team

    CANCELLED                                            India and the Gulf Region  Dr. Brijesh Pare


     Indonesia  Chow Chung How


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