Top of the Bench 

Preliminary Round 2020

Thank you!

Thank you for entering your school team for this year’s RSC Top of the Bench Preliminary Round competition.
Unfortunately we are not able to host the event in our university teaching laboratory this year, but have our fingers crossed for the Regional Finals in January!
Your teams must complete the competition under the conditions described below and teachers must return the answer scripts by 25th November 2020

Important Information ...


Teachers – Please download the questions for the Year 9 and Year 10/11 teams, answer sheets and periodic table

Please use the periodic table below for consistency with calculations.

Conduct of the written test

  • The test should be carried out under examination conditions with only the team and the supervising teacher present.

  • The test should take no more than 45 Minutes – please do not allow extra time.

  • Written answers, and corrections, should be clear and unambiguous.

  • A Periodic table is included with the paper and pupils may use calculators – but no other sources of information should be present.

  • Separate Question and Answer Sheets are provided for Year 9 and Year 10/11 students and there is a Team Round included

  • All team members should contribute to answering the Team Round – a ‘team captain’ may be nominated to write the answers.

  • Please send scanned copies of the two Answer Sheets and the Team Round to the Registration website (using the form below) as soon as possible and no later than one week after the event.

When all of the completed tests have been marked, and processed, a copy of the results will be emailed to all participating centres.

The top qualifying centres will be invited to take part in the Final Round which will be in January 2021.

Thank you for taking part.

Team information

Each team should be made up of the following:

  • 2 students from year 9
  • 1 student from year 10
  • 1 student from year 11

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Download files...

Periodic Table for Year 9 and Year 10/11 Teams

ToTB Competition instructions 

Competition Questions for Year 9 Team

Competition Questions for Year 10/11 Team

Competition Questions for Whole Team

Year 9 Team Answer Sheet

Year 10/11 Team Answer Sheet

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  • Year 9 Answer Sheet
  • Year 10/11 Answer Sheet
  • Whole Team Answers (on Question Sheet)

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