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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are quick answers to the most commonly asked questions from coordinators.

  1. How do I register my local section to participate in this year’s Olympiad program?
    Contact your local section chair or the USNCO office.
  2. Where do I get exams?
    Send an email to usnco@acs.org to request an order form. Local Exams are ordered from the USNCO office.
  3. How do I know what materials and chemicals I will need for the competition lab practical?
    A preliminary listing of materials and chemicals to prepare for the lab practical is sent electronically. You will receive a final material list by mail before the national examination. Contact usnco@acs.org for more information.
  4. What are the rules for the national exam?
    You can review rules online or find them in the Coordinator Handbook.
  5. What if I have a repeater? Does that affect my allotment?
    For the national examination, your section will have 10 or more participants, depending on the size of the section. Students who have participated in the study camp are automatically eligible to take the national examination. If you have repeaters, you can still have your allotment of new participants.

Coordinator Handbook

Everything you need to know about coordinating competitions and administering exams is in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator Handbook.

2013-2014 Schedule

Date What’s Happening? Who's Involved?
Action Needed

2013

Oct. 17 Invitations to participate in the 2014 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad emailed to all ACS local section chairs, chair elects and current Olympiad coordinators
  • Olympiad Coordinators
  • ACS Local Section Chairs
  • Chair-elects
Contact the USNCO national office for an Olympiad Participation Form.
Nov. 15 Olympiad program package mailed to coordinators Includes student allotment for national exam and promotional posters. Printed mailing labels available upon request.
  • Coordinators
Provide materials to chemistry teachers at high schools within your local section.

2014

Jan. 17 Participation Response Form Due!
  • Coordinators
Submit the ACS Local Section 2014 Participation Response Form to the USNCO national office.
Jan. 24 Deadline to order local examinations
  • Coordinators
Order local examinations from the USNCO office. Order forms available through the USNCO national office (There is a 25% surcharge for late orders).
Feb. 10 Local exams mailed to local sections
  • Coordinators
Confirm the receipt of exams.
Mar. 1-31 Chemistry Olympiad local examinations administered Answer key for local exams will be available on April 7, 2014
  • Coordinators
  • Students
Coordinators identify students for the National Chemistry Olympiad competition.
March 31 Lists of nominated students and lab practical sites due!Students will not be covered by the insurance if the form is not submitted.
  • Coordinators
Submit a list of all lab practical sites to the USNCO office to obtain insurance coverage.
April 1 Nominee List and Certificate Request form due!
  • Coordinators
Submit the 2013 Nominee List and Certificate Request Form to the USNCO office.
Apr. 8 National Exams mailed to participating local section 
  • Coordinators
Confirm the receipt of exams.
Apr. 22-28 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Exam Administered Answer key for Part I-Multiple Choice of the exam will be available on May 12, 2014
  • Students
  • Coordinators
 
Apr. 30 National exams due for grading Exams received after this date will not be graded
  • Coordinators
Send exam answer sheets in the prepaid envelopes to the USNCO office.
May 14 Top 20 students announced. Coordinators for selected students will be contacted by phone. All other sections will be notified by e-mail.
  • Students
  • Coordinators
Coordinators inform students chosen to attend the study camp.
June 3-18 Top 20 students attend Olympiad Study Camp
  • Students
  • Mentors
 
June 18 U.S. team for the International Chemistry Olympiad announced
  • Students
  • Mentors
 
July 20-29 U.S. team competes in the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad competition in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Students
  • Mentors