2018 Chem 13 News and Avogadro Exams

Challenge your students to a Chemistry exam from the University of Waterloo Department of Chemistry.

Do you have a 75-minute period to challenge your students chemically? Give them the experience of writing the Chem 13 News Exam or Avogadro Exam! The Chem 13 News Exam will be written on Thursday, May 10, 2018, and is designed for senior high school chemistry students in their second year. The Avogadro Exam will be written on Thursday, May 17, 2018, and is designed for students in their first high school chemistry course. The cost to write the contest is $3.50 per student.

New this year

Starting in 2018 all students will be writing the Chem 13 News and the Avogadro Exams live online. The format of the exams will be the same as in previous years, 40 multiple choice questions in 75 minutes. Having students write online will allow for us to have exam results back quickly, avoid shipping fees and have more statistical exam feedback for teachers to explore. On our new platform, teachers will be able to see how their students did on the exam as well as on each question relative to the rest of the students writing the exam.

The deadline for ordering these exams online is Monday, April 16, 2018.

Order information for teachers:

  • The supervising teacher will register the number of students they wish to write the online exam.
  • All orders require payment by credit card at the time of registration.
  • With the new online payment system, we are no longer be able to do purchase orders.

Process information

  • Teachers must have their students write the exam at one chosen time* during the day on May 10 for the
    Chem 13 News Exam and May 17 for the Avogadro Exam.
  • All correspondence will be sent to the supervising teacher via email.
  • A couple of weeks before the exam date, registered teachers will be directed by email to the exam website where they will receive more information about the online exam process.

Each student will require:

  • a device with internet access. Approved devices for writing the exams include desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks and iPads.
  • one of the following browsers installed on an approved device: FireFox, Chrome or Safari. Other browsers maycause unforeseen problems. (Teachers will also need one of these browsers to administer the exam and to access student results.)


*If a teacher needs to have students write it on a different day due to sickness or a school activity, students may be able to write the exam one day later with an email request to Kathy Jackson by the teacher for a time extension.


If you have any questions or have feedback, let us know. We want to make the transition to the online exam as smooth as possible. Email Kathy Jackson: kjackson@uwaterloo.ca. For more information and to check out some of the past exams with answers, go online at www.uwaterloo.ca/chemistry/exams.    Kathy Jackson and Carey Bissonnette holding the 2018 Awards for Chem 13 News and Avogadro exams