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International Chemistry Olympiad Selection Test

May 7, 2008

I have a feeling that academic excellence at STPM level is mediocre when I participated in IChO selection test two days ago.

20 participants (2 of them being participants of the previous IChO) from all states of Malaysia assembled in UM for a 3-hour test, and 3 will be selected for IChO taking place at Budhapest this year.

We were not allowed to use periodic table (Ouch) during the test. The test was rather easy EXCEPT for the first 2 Organic essay question. That is INSANELY hard.

Q1 Part A

(They gave some clues about the intermediate involve in synthesis of luminol)

1 Draw the structure for a) Benzene 1,2-dicarboxylic anhydride b) Luminol

WHAT THE HECK IS LUMINOL???

And surprisingly, according to wikipedia, LUMINOL IS NOT AN ALCOHOL…

Q2 Part A

1 What is the structure of aspirin?

Thanks goodness I happens to read about it, the only clues they gave is—2-acetoxybenzoic acid.

Part B

Show how paracetamol could be prepared from phenol.

Well…this is still ok.

The result of the selection test will be out within two weeks time.

P/s : I was having fun that day, lots of socialization involved after the test. The professor who invigilated us was friendly. But perhaps the biggest surprise was—I found my future coursemate! lol

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Angie permalink
    May 8, 2008 9:55 am

    wah.. how to participate in the selection test?

  2. May 8, 2008 2:46 pm

    They will choose you base on your K3M test.

  3. Angie permalink
    May 8, 2008 5:20 pm

    Oo… those who get selected were all HIGH DISTINCTION right?

  4. May 9, 2008 8:27 am

    I suppose so. In fact, many of them are high achievers in STPM, and some of them even get a scholarship from NTU. By the way Angie, how did you discover my blog? Google or through Howard’s blog link?

  5. Angie permalink
    May 9, 2008 4:30 pm

    through Google.. by the way, I also failed to get the scholarship.. haiz.. So, u r sure of going to Singapore?

  6. May 9, 2008 7:12 pm

    I am. In fact I have accepted NUS offer. How about you?

  7. Angie permalink
    May 10, 2008 4:46 pm

    I guess I will stay in Malaysia.. Hehe.. Expenses are too high over there.. All the best to u~
    By the way, what’s ur name?

  8. May 11, 2008 9:51 am

    Khor Shu Heng, you? Where do you live?

  9. Angie permalink
    May 12, 2008 9:51 am

    Ng Hui Cheen.. I am from Subang Jaya.. u?

  10. May 12, 2008 10:15 am

    Selayang. Wish you good luck then for local u. I heard the result will be out around June or end of May.

  11. Angie permalink
    May 12, 2008 11:06 am

    okie thanks a lot~

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