CEF provides study materials to help students succeed at every level of the Challenge and expose them to the fascinating world of chemistry and its real-world applications. The Passport to Science Exploration is divided into three sections that correspond to each level of the Challenge:

To prepare for a Challenge competition, students should carefully read and review the information in the Challenge study materials. Competition questions are based on an overall understanding of chemistry and science concepts presented in these study materials, as well as the relationships among concepts. Questions are largely derived from information contained in CEF’s study materials but are not limited solely to this information.

CEF also provides a Suggested Additional Resources page to help participants and teachers seek other examples and explanations of chemistry concepts. Looking at outside resources will help students to connect concepts, apply their knowledge of chemistry to familiar and unfamiliar situations, and learn more about the world around them!

Official CEF periodic tables:

 

Study Materials for the Challenge Qualifier and Local Challenges

The Core of Chemistry has not been changed from the version released last year with the 2016-2017 Challenge cycle. Students may use last year’s The Core of Chemistry to prepare for 2017-2018 YBTC Challenge competitions—just make sure to check out the new and improved introduction posted above.

* Disclaimer: Please note that the sample questions above are provided as a reference only and should not be altered or adjusted. These sample questions are not necessarily an indication of what will be seen in future Local Challenge competitions, but are a small set of questions that have been previously used.

 

Study Materials for State Challenges

Chemistry Connections has not been changed from the version released last year with the 2016-2017 Challenge cycle. Students may use last year’s Chemistry Connections to prepare for 2017-2018 YBTC Challenge competitions—just make sure to check out the new and improved introduction posted above.

* Disclaimer: Please note that the sample questions above are provided as a reference only and should not be altered or adjusted. These sample questions are not necessarily an indication of what will be seen in future State Challenge competitions, but are a small set of questions that have been previously used.

 

Study Materials for the National Challenge

Chemistry Concepts in Action remains substantially the same as the version released last year with the 2016-2017 Challenge cycle, but minor updates/ clarifications have been made. Students are encouraged to download the updated 2017-2018 Chemistry Concepts in Action to benefit from all updates/ clarifications while preparing for the National Challenge.

* Disclaimer: Please note that the sample questions above are provided as a reference only and should not be altered or adjusted. These sample questions are not necessarily an indication of what will be seen in future National Challenge competitions, but are a small set of questions that have been previously used.

 

 

Next Generation Science Standards

The You Be The Chemist Challenge® Passport to Science Exploration study materials Next Generation Science Standardsexpose students in grades 5-8 to the fascinating world of science and chemistry. These study materials are meant to supplement classroom learning for meeting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Learn how each section of the study materials aligns to NGSS performance expectations:

Please note: CEF does not endorse or approve the use of any questions for the purposes of preparing for any level of the Challenge. Challenge competition questions (including the Challenge Qualifier) are for competition purposes ONLY. Students should NOT receive or use questions (from the current year or any previous years) at any point to study. Use of Challenge competition questions for study purposes is grounds for disqualification.