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Has anyone done the Cambridge chemistry challenge yet for 2017? Mine is coming up and I'm really worried on what will come up, any advice on what is on there?
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Don't worry about it too much. You really don't need more than about 30% of the marks to do well I suggest doing past papers if you are worried and if you do badly you can just say you never did it Btw I'm doing mine on friday
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Last year it was 16 (out of 60) for bronze, which is the lowest award - that's pretty much only a quarter of marks needed! Don't worry i just did a past paper, and some of the questions were actually straightforward like considering it was a challenge set by Cambridge University I didn't think those types of questions would come up but they did. The paper is designed to be accessible for most people if you have good AS chemistry knowledge. You're not expected to know everything in that paper, just make educated guesses if you have no idea. I would recommend having sound knowledge of organic chemistry though because that always comes up.
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Don't worry about it too much. You really don't need more than about 30% of the marks to do well I suggest doing past papers if you are worried and if you do badly you can just say you never did it Btw I'm doing mine on friday
Good luck for Friday! Is there any chance one you do it, if you could let me know some of the things that come up as mine is next week and I really want to get a bronze?
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Last year it was 16 (out of 60) for bronze, which is the lowest award - that's pretty much only a quarter of marks needed! Don't worry i just did a past paper, and some of the questions were actually straightforward like considering it was a challenge set by Cambridge University I didn't think those types of questions would come up but they did. The paper is designed to be accessible for most people if you have good AS chemistry knowledge. You're not expected to know everything in that paper, just make educated guesses if you have no idea. I would recommend having sound knowledge of organic chemistry though because that always comes up.
Thank you for the advice! I hope I get a bronze!
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How did you guys find the paper? The maths questions were interesting but I'm not sure if I got it right cus my method wasn't accurate I think?
Btw which question did you guys prefer, I found the second question harder, as always...
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How did you guys find the paper? The maths questions were interesting but I'm not sure if I got it right cus my method wasn't accurate I think?
Btw which question did you guys prefer, I found the second question harder, as always...
Have you already done the paper? 😊
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How did you guys find the paper? The maths questions were interesting but I'm not sure if I got it right cus my method wasn't accurate I think?
Btw which question did you guys prefer, I found the second question harder, as always...
Is there anything you'd recommend to look over? I'm doing the paper soon.... :/
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Has anyone done the Cambridge chemistry challenge yet for 2017? Mine is coming up and I'm really worried on what will come up, any advice on what is on there?
I heard of the cambridge chemistry challenge before and it sounds like something I want to do, can you tell me exactly what it is,sorry to bother you.Im just interested myself about doing it.Is it the same thing as the national chemistry olympiad or is it different?
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Someone from my sixth form got 49/60 on that test (he got 4A* at a level and didnt drop a mark at GCSE).
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How did you guys find the paper? The maths questions were interesting but I'm not sure if I got it right cus my method wasn't accurate I think?
Btw which question did you guys prefer, I found the second question harder, as always...
Hi Im doing mine tmrw what topics came up? should i revise for it?
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Hi Im doing mine tmrw what topics came up? should i revise for it?
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Good luck! Could you let me know briefly what topics come up so I have an idea of what to expect?
Thanks ☺️
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How do you find the question on the synthesis of fexofenadine
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How do you find the question on the synthesis of fexofenadine
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Is that in the paper?
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Maybe?
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I mean don't worry, for the synthesis question my tactics is to count the number of carbon and hydrogen atoms-----they always give you the molecular formula to check. Work it through logically and you should be fine.
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How do you find the question on the synthesis of fexofenadine
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Be aware, if you tell people what is on the test, they will do better than you and that will make the grade boundaries higher, making it more unlikely that you will get an award.
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Yeah I had an inset day on friday so doing it next week. Nice to hear that there's a maths question though!
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My advice is to do the old past papers to get a feel for the problem solving. I would say that the questions are 75%+ problem solving with very little knowledge required except for a basic understanding of harder mol calculations and some organic chemistry.

If you do not know something they should give you enough information to work it out for most of the questions!
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Yeah I've done 2014, 2015 and 2016 and got low 30s on all of them so fingers crossed for gold! Just gonna read through my papers and check out the questions I got wrong and why.
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