Orange County Section

ACS High School Exam

The First-Year American Chemical Society Exam is an annual event run by the Orange County Section of the ACS. It is open to any first-year chemistry student enrolled in college-prep and honors.

Participation continues to grow, and now routinely attracts about 300 students from over 40 Orange County High Schools, a substantial growth since the early 60s when about 25 schools participated in this contest.

Eight students from each High School may take the exam. The top-scorer from each school gets his/her name engraved on a plaque that is showcased at the participating school.

Here is an example of a retired ACS 1st-year Exam, and the corresponding Answer Key.

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2017 High School Exam

The 2017 First Year Chemistry Test was held on April 29, 2017, at California State University Fullerton.

The 2017 OCACS High School Awards Banquet, held on May 23, 2017, honored all the students and teachers who participated.

2017 High School Awards Dinner flyer
2017 High School Awards Dinner program with all the winners' names
Photos of the 2017 High School Awards Dinner

2016 High School Exam

The 2016 First Year Chemistry Test was held on April 23, 2016, at California State University Fullerton. 44 schools sent a total of 302 students.

The 2016 OCACS High School Awards Banquet, held on May 24, 2016, honored all the students and teachers who participated.

2016 High School Awards Dinner flyer
2016 High School Awards Dinner program with all the winners' names
Photos of the 2016 High School Awards Dinner

2015 High School Exam

The First Year Chemistry Test was held on April 25, 2015, at California State University Fullerton.

The annual OCACS High School Awards Banquet, held on May 18, 2015, honored all the students and teachers who participated.

2015 High School Awards Dinner flyer
2015 High School Awards Dinner program with all the winners' names
Photographs of Students before the Exam

2014 High School Exam

The First Year Chemistry Test was held on April 26, 2014, at California State University Fullerton. 42 schools sent a total of 280 students.

The annual OCACS High School Awards Dinner, held on May 19, 2014, honored all the students and teachers who participated. Click on the links below for details:

2014 High School Awards Dinner flyer
2014 High School Awards Dinner program with all the winners' names
Photographs of High School Award-winning Students 2014

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