Welcome to the Australian National Chemistry Quiz

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. On behalf of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), I cordially invite all students at your school to participate in the Australian National Chemistry Quiz. With over 1, 600 schools entering over 110, 000 students last year, I recommend that you consider students from your school for this prestigious competition.


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.


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


The Australian National Chemistry Quiz is a truly international competition with papers translated into seven different languages. The Quiz attracts students throughout Australia and 17 neighbouring countries. We anticipate an even greater response for this years Quiz including students from Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

The Quiz comprising of 30 multiple choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes.
The age divisions are;

  • Junior Years 7-8
  • Junior Years 9-10
  • Senior Year 11
  • Senior Year 12


Quiz Directors

  • Adam Cawley
  • Charles Fogliani

Quiz Writers

  • Year 12 - David Miller (Toowoomba Grammar School)
  • Year 11 - Susan Margan (Carlingford High School)
  • Year 9/10 - Martin Sormus (Illawarra Grammar School)
  • Year 7/8 - Andrew Eaton (Wollondilly Anglican College)