Eligibility and Rules

To be eligible for selection to the British Columbia Chemistry Olympiad Camps:

  • Students must be in 11th grade or less

  • Under nineteen years of age in July

  • Have spent at least one year in a British Columbia high school

  • Cannot have taken any chemistry courses for credit at university level.

To be eligible for selection to the National Chemistry Olympiad Camps:

  • Students must be in 12th grade or less

  • Under 20 years of age in July

  • Have spent at least 2 years in a Canadian high school (or CEGEP)

  • Cannot have taken any chemistry courses for credit at university level.

BCCO written competition rules:

  • The exam should be in a sealed envelope, to be opened in the presence of the candidates just before the contest is written.

  • There is no penalty for incorrect answers.

  • The Periodic Table/Data Sheet may be used for all parts of the contest

  • Non-programmable calculators are allowed.

 

While students are expected to attempt all questions for a complete examination in 1.5 hours, it is recognized that backgrounds will vary and students will not be eliminated from further competitions because they have missed parts of the paper.

BCCO Certificate rules:

  • The minimum total number of certificates given (including merit and medals) is 20*.

  • Top 4 students will be awarded a GOLD Certificate

  • Rank: 5,6,7,8 Silver (4 Certificates)

  • Rank: 9,10,11,12 Bronze (4 Certificates)

  • Merit Award Certificate to 8 students (8 Certificates)

 

*The contest will aim for 20 Certificates, the number of certificate will excess 20 when there is a tie. Special first of school certificates will be awarded for schools with 5 or more participants that do not qualify for other awards.  

School ranking rules:

BCCO will rank participating schools using a point system as follows

  • 1 point for participation

  • 4 points for each Gold

  • 3 points for each Silver

  • 2 points for each Bronze

  • 1 point for each Merit

  • 1 point for having 5 or more participant

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