Chemistry Exams for High School Students

The Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society sponsors an annual competitive high school chemistry examinations to recognize and reward outstanding high school chemistry students in our area of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The examinations is held mid to late March on a Saturday morning at six colleges throughout the region. Please check this site closer to March for the exact date and time.

Use this table to find out the place your high school typically takes the exam.

Two distinct exams are given. Exam A is open to those students who are currently enrolled in their first year of study in chemistry. Exam B is open to students currently enrolled in an advanced high school chemistry course.

MULTIPLE AWARDS will be given. For students taking Exam A, a Chemistry model set will be awarded to the student with the highest score in EACH of the six districts (where at least 4 students take the exam). For Exam B, there will be two awards of The Merck Index for the entire region. EACH school which participates will have one awardee, either a district winner or a runner-up. All winners and runners-up will receive a one-year subscription to ChemMatters.

The winning students with their teachers are invited to be our guests to receive their awards at the Annual Susquehanna Valley Section Awards Banquet in May at Bloomsburg University. Please check this site closer to May for the exact date and time.

Please contact the Education Committee Chair, Dr. Charles Mahler at Lycoming College, for more information on the exam.

Charles Mahler, Ph.D.
Lycoming College
Education Committee Chair
Susquehanna Valley Section, ACS

Our Academic Partners

Bloomsburg University Bucknell University King's College Lycoming College Marywood University Misericordia University Penn State Hazleton Penn State Scranton Penn State Wilkes-Barre Susquehanna University University of Scranton Wilkes University


The Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society began in 1958 and serves eight counties in PA:

The section provides services for the chemistry professionals, undergraduate chemistry students, and high school students of the area.


If you need more information or would like to submit information, E-mail our Local Section Webmaster at or the National ACS Webmaster.

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