Welcome to the ICQ

Please visit the How to Enter Page for current Quiz details.


The ICQ 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 ICQ.


The ICQ aims to promote interest in chemistry and the role of chemists in our society.

The ICQ 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 ICQ 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.


The ICQ 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. 


Please see our Tools and Resources page for more Information, and the How to Enter Page for this years Competition details!



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