Frequently Asked Questions

About the NMSC 2022 Online Exam
You are able to take the test at any point between 8 am and 5 pm on the given test day
No, each URL is specific for the student as it will take them to the test that is for their grade. Please use the URL that was given for each student
No, each student must have their own account to participate.
If you don’t see your chapter on the registration page, register with HQ
No, you must register before March 31st, 2022.
Questions for the Math Test
You can take the actual test only once.
You are able to take the practice tests up to 10 times.
Study hard and do the practice tests that are available on the information page.
  • - Code of Conduct
  • - 20 Multiple Choice Questions
  • - 5 Free-Response Questions
  • The total score is 160 points:
    • - Code of Conduct - 10 points
    • - Part 1 - 100 points, 20 multiple-choices for the test, 5 points each
    • - Part 2 - 50 points, 5 free-responses, 10 points each

No, you are only allowed to use a pen/pencil and up to 5 pieces of scratch paper
Questions about the physics Exam
  • The total score is 14 points:
    • - Code of Conduct - 2 points
    • - Part 1 - 12 points, 12 multiple-choices for the test, 1 point each

  • The minimum threshold for national awards is 5 points or more correct answers out of 12 questions.
Yes, calculators are allowed on the physics test. However, you must follow the guidelines below:

  • Use of a calculator:
    • - No phones or computers can be used as a calculator.
    • - No cameras of any forms are allowed.
    • - No Graphing calculators are allowed
    • - Calculators can be used only if no formula is pre-input.
  • Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021: 9th-12th
  • Time: 1 pm - 3 pm (EDT)

  • It is a synchronized test so make sure if you live in a different time zone you figure out what time to login
  • Please join 15 minutes before the test begins.
Yes, the provided formula sheet only.
Yes, 5 sheets are allowed for the physics exam.
While taking the test
No, only 5 sheets are allowed. You may use the front and the back sides of a piece of paper.
No, The student under any circumstances is not allowed to leave the frame of their camera.
No, only the use of a pencil/pen and 5 papers are allowed for the test
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have a stable connection as once the student begins the test, the timer will continue to go down no matter what. If the internet disconnects, try to connect again and resume the test as soon as possible.
Questions about Proctoring
Proctoring will happen via 2 methods; remote proctoring using Zoom call and in person proctoring with a parent
Yes, you can join with two devices. However, when you enter the breakout room, you must say in the chat that you have two devices.
No, you are permitted to use any smartphones, tablets, and laptops. However, the device you are taking the test on cannot be used to enter the Zoom proctoring.
The link can be found at this link:
We are watching your computer screen so if we see any suspicious activity, you will be disqualified.
The device that you logged into first will be logged out and if we see this, you will be disqualified.
No, every student must have their own device used for the Zoom proctoring. They can be in separate rooms or they can take the test at different times.
Parents are able to leave once they sign the Code of Conduct, however the Zoom proctoring meeting must stay on throughout the entire test.
Students should wait between 5 to 30 minutes. Please do not leave the waiting room and be patient.
You are allowed to move to your device/behind your device in order to type out your name.
If a student’s video is disconnected at any point during the test, they will be disqualified. Please try to block any incoming calls.
Questions about registration and Exam Site access
No, you must use a given new account in order to participate. However, You can use the email you used last year.
  • - The username will be the full email address you used for registration.
  • - If you forgot your password, please click on “Forgotten username or password?”
  • - If you did not receive an email that says to reset your forgotten username/password, please contact
You will receive two different emails for each test so please make sure you have two different proctoring and test links. The username will be the same but you may set up the password however you want.
The Zoom proctoring link and the Moodle link are different. Please make sure that you click the right link before moving on with the test.
If you have any questions during the test, try not to ask them during the test. Instead finish the test and email your questions to
Questions for After the Test
You will be able to access your scores on April 23th at at the “My Information” tab
No, disqualified students will not be given their scores.
  • - You will receive a Zoom link to the award ceremony from your chapter president
  • - Each chapter will announce its detailed schedule.
Other Questions
Please contact your local NMSC chair if they have a recording available. If they do not, read the information page carefully on the NMSC website. If you have any other questions, contact your local chapter president. If there are other details that you don’t know there is nothing we can do. It was your responsibility to attend the orientation.
Your email server may block emails from us. Continue to follow the event dates located on the NMSC website.