Chemistry Olympiad Examination

The DFW Section of the American Chemical Society will be conducting its local qualifying exam for the
2022 National Chemistry Olympiad on Saturday, March 26, 2022 (8:30—11:00 a.m). Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 23. 2022 (read more below).
The exam will be given face-to-face at the following location:
The University of Texas at Arlington: Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) Building,
Room 198
Parking information: EVERY VEHICLE PARKED ON CAMPUS AT UTA MUST HAVE A VALID PARKING
PERMIT. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH PARTICIPANT TO OBTAIN A FREE PERMIT AS
DESCRIBED BELOW. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS!
1. Follow the link https://utarlington.aimsparking.com/permits/?cmd=new_event
2. Select “Department-Hosted Event”
3. Select “Chemistry Olympiad”
4. Enter voucher code EV656
5. Select the permit type “Student Surface Lots”
6. Select the date March 26, 2022
7. Add vehicle info and confirm
You may park in any student parking lot on campus, but Lot 49 is the closest lot to SEIR.
Interactive map: http://www.uta.edu/maps/
PLEASE NOTE: There is no cost to students or teachers for this or the national exams. Copies of previous
years’ exams are available at:
https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/highschool/olympiad/pastexams.html

REGISTRATION: Deadline Wednesday, March 23. 2022. Registered examinees are guaranteed an exam and
answer sheet; walk-in examinees will be accepted as testing materials and space allow. The registration form
may be accessed through this QR code:

US National Chemistry Olympiad (NCO) Testing Requirements
1. Students must be U. S. citizens or legal, permanent residents of the United States
(green card holders) to take the U. S. National examination.
2. Students must be younger than 20 years old.
3. Only regularly enrolled high school students, graduating no earlier than Spring semester
2022, are eligible.
4. No more than two students per teacher or per high school may be selected to take the
national exam. In the case of magnet programs or split enrollment, a student’s school is
defined as the high school where the student takes their science courses. For example, TAMS counts as a
single high school for these purposes.
5. Students who have taken advanced placement courses in chemistry are eligible. Likewise, students who
have received credit for college-level courses (limited to no more than two semesters or three quarters beyond
general chemistry) are eligible.
6. Programmable calculators and cellular phones are NOT permitted during either the local or national exams.
This means that ABSOLUTELY NO GRAPHING CALCULATORS are permitted during the exam regardless
of whether the memory is cleared. Students MUST bring nonprogrammable scientific calculators with them to
the exam, as the testing locations have NO calculators to loan. Students may bring pencils and erasers for
marking their answers.
7. There is only one day and time for the local test. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS! In case of tie scores,
the criterion for selection of a tie-breaker system will be announced prior to the beginning of the exam on
March 26. (Historically, this has been based on correct answers to selected questions).
8. For those students selected for advancement, the National Exam will be held in April, 2022. Part of the
National Exam will be administered online while the rest will be an in-person exam at a location and time TBA.

NOTE: Once all preliminary exams are scored, we will verify the availability and participation of qualifying
students for the national NCO examination. When this is complete, we will notify the remaining students of their
score. As a courtesy we also mail back each student’s exam to their chemistry instructor so they can see what
how they did on the exam. Please keep in mind that administering the national NCO examination is our
first priority. Therefore, it is not unusual that these exams are not mailed out until after the National NCO
exam is complete in April. Please be patient!

2022 USNCO Coordinator–Kathleen Holley, Ph.D.–Dallas/Fort Worth Section, ACS–