A local chapter of the International Chemistry Olympiad, the first stage of the Spanish Chemistry Olympiad is usually held around end of year in each University District.
The best 3 participants within each district go on to the National Championship, which is usually held around March, where they will face a multiple-choice test and an exam made up of problems for which the use of a simple calculator is allowed.
In principle, the 4 best participants in this National phase are eligible to go on to the International Chemistry Olympiad, held around July, at the Iberian-American Chemistry Olympiad, held around September.
It must be noted that Spain's participation in these has been compromised recently by governmental budgetary allocation.
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Participation fees are nominal
National phase lodging and travel to be paid separately
Olympiad encompasses all content in national secondary education curriculum, up to end of school.
Regular study is advised
Candidates must be registered by their schools; typically these will be in their last 2 years of secondary schooling only.