Element & Periodic Table Quizzes

Popular Element and Periodic Table Quizzes

Quizzes about the elements and periodic table are extremely popular. Here are some of the top chemistry quizzes that test your familiarity with the elements and understanding of the periodic table.

Diamonds
Diamonds. Mario Sarto, wikipedia.org

Can you identify elements according to how they look? This quiz tests your ability to recognize pure elements by sight. More »

A helium filled discharge tube shaped like the element's atomic symbol.
A helium filled discharge tube shaped like the element's atomic symbol. pslawinski, metal-halide.net
Do you know the symbols for the first 20 elements in the periodic table? I'll give you the name of the element. You choose the correct element symbol. More »
Chunk of 99.97% pure iron.
Chunk of 99.97% pure iron. Wikipedia Commons

This is a 10-question multiple choice quiz that tests whether you can identify an element's group in the periodic table. More »

Atoms are the building blocks of matter.
Pure elements are made up of atoms which have the same number of protons as each other. Atoms are the building blocks of matter. Flatliner, Getty Images

Much of chemistry involves understanding concepts, but there are some facts worth memorizing. For example, students may be expected to know the atomic numbers of the elements, since they will spend a lot of time working with them. This 10-question multiple point quiz tests how well you know the atomic number of the first few elements of the periodic table. More »

The periodic table is one way to organize the elements.
The periodic table is one way to organize the elements according to recurring trends in their properties. Lawrence Lawry, Getty Images

This 10-question multiple choice quiz focuses on how well you understand the organization of the periodic table and how it can be used to predict trends in element properties. More »

This is a closeup of the periodic table of the elements, in blue.
This is a closeup of the periodic table of the elements, in blue. Don Farrall, Getty Images

One of the points of having a periodic table is that you can use the trends in element properties to predict how an element will behave based on its position in the table. This multiple choice quiz tests whether you know what the trends are in the periodic table. More »

Piece of native copper measuring ~1½ inches (4 cm) in diameter.
Piece of native copper measuring ~1½ inches (4 cm) in diameter. Jon Zander

Most elements are metals, so they are silvery, metallic, and difficult to tell apart on sight alone. However, some colors have distinctive colors. Can you recognize them? More »

The periodic table organizes the chemical elements in a useful format.
The periodic table organizes the chemical elements in a useful format. Alfred Pasieka, Getty Images

See how well you know your way around this periodic table quiz, which tests your ability to find elements, their symbols, atomic weights, and element groups. More »

Element Names Spelling Quiz

Are you taking chemistry? A little strategy can help you pass chemistry class with flying colors.
Are you taking chemistry? A little strategy can help you pass chemistry class with flying colors. Sean Justice, Getty Images

Chemistry is one of those disciplines where spelling counts for something. This is especially true with the element symbols (C is quite a lot different from Ca), but also matters with respect to element names. Take this quiz to find out whether you know how to spell commonly misspelled element names.

Gaseous krypton is colorless, while solid krypton is white.
Krypton in a discharge tube displays its green and orange spectral signature. Gaseous krypton is colorless, while solid krypton is white. pslawinski, wikipedia.org
Do you know the element names well enough to tell the difference between the name of a real element and one that is either made up or else is a compound? Here's your chance to find out. More »
The periodic table of the elements is an essential chemistry resource.
The periodic table of the elements is an essential chemistry resource. Steve Cole, Getty Images
This is a simple matching quiz in which you match the name of one of the first 18 elements with its corresponding symbol. More »

Old Element Names Quiz

This is a fresco that shows an alchemist with his furnace.
This is a fresco that shows an alchemist with his furnace. Fresco from Padua c. 1380

There are several elements which have symbols that don't seem to correspond to their names. That's because the symbols come from old names for the elements, from the era of alchemy or before the formation of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Here's a multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of the element names.

Element Name Hangman

Kids Playing Hangman. ultrakickgirl/Flickr

Element names are not the easiest words to spell! This hangman game offers factoids about the elements as hints. All you have to do is figure out what the element is and spell its name correctly. Sounds easy enough, right? Maybe not...