Chemistry Placement Exam Preparation




Frequently Asked Questions

1. I believe I had a good high school chemistry course but I was unable to take an AP Chemistry test.
Is there any way to demonstrate that my high school preparation is equivalent to a general chemistry course at Dartmouth?

2. I got a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry examination.
Does Dartmouth award any credit for this performance?

3. I got a score of 4 on the AP Chemistry examination.
Does Dartmouth award any credit for this performance?

4. I got a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry examination and received credit on entrance for Chemistry 5.
What should I do next?

5. I took the International Baccalaureate examination in chemistry and received a score of 7.
Do I receive any chemistry credit?

6. I took the GCE A-Level examination in Chemistry.
Is it possible to receive any credit for my performance on this examination?

7. I have credit on entrance for both Chemistry 5 and 6.
What Chemistry courses should I take in my first year?

8. I completed successfully two general chemistry courses at my local university.
Can I transfer this credit to Dartmouth?


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1. I believe I had a good high school chemistry course but I was unable to take an AP Chemistry test. Is there any way to demonstrate that my high school preparation is equivalent to a general chemistry course at Dartmouth?

ANSWER: Yes. You may take the Chemistry Placement test which is offered only during First-Year Orientation. If you pass that test, you will then be invited to take the Chemistry 6 credit test.

Please note that the Chemistry Placement test is offered ONLY on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

We urge students who plan on taking credit tests to prepare by reviewing their high school chemistry notes. It is not uncommon for students who have not passed a credit test to assert that they would have been much more successful with a modest amount of preparation. Please prepare, so that we can be sure we are getting an accurate assessment of your general chemistry knowledge. More about preparing for the Chemistry 5 and 6 Credit Tests.

On the other hand, don't be unduly discouraged if, in spite of adequate preparation, you do not pass the Chemistry Placement test. It may simply be that your high school course was at a lower level than Chemistry 5. A large majority of our students learn general chemistry by taking Chemistry 5 and 6 here at Dartmouth.

Another outcome of the Chemistry Placement exam (even if you do not do well enough to receive a credit on entrance for Chemistry 5) could be an invitation to take Chemistry 10. This course, which is open to first-year students only, is often an appealing option for the incoming student who is excited about chemistry, who would like to continue study of chemistry early in his or her Dartmouth career, and who is seeking to develop their experimental skills in a college-level chemistry course. Successful completion of Chemistry 10 earns you a course credit for Chemistry 10, and a credit on entrance for Chemistry 5. That is, successful completion of Chemistry 10 is the prerequisite equivalent to Chemistry 5 and 6. Adequate mathematics preparation, equivalent to Mathematics 3, is also required for admission to Chemistry 10.


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2. I got a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry examination. Does Dartmouth award any credit for this performance?

ANSWER: Yes. Any student scoring a 5 on the AP Chemistry examination automatically receives credit on entrance for Chemistry 5 only. All students who received a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry examination will be invited to take the Chemistry 6 credit test which is offered on Thursday, September 11, 2014, during First-Year Orientation.

We urge students who plan on taking credit tests to prepare by reviewing their high school chemistry notes. It is not uncommon for students who have not passed a credit test to assert that they would have been much more successful with a modest amount of preparation. Please prepare, so that we can be sure we are getting an accurate assessment of your general chemistry knowledge. More about preparing for the Chemistry 5 and 6 Credit Tests.

If you pass the Chemistry 6 credit test, you will have credit on entrance for both Chemistry 5 and 6 and will have completed both of the general chemistry prerequisites required for higher level courses.

On the other hand, don't be unduly discouraged if, in spite of adequate preparation, you do not pass the Chemistry 6 credit test. It may simply be that your high school course treated the topics of Chemistry 6 at a lower level. A large majority of our students learn their general chemistry by taking Chemistry 5 and 6 here at Dartmouth.

Another option is to take the Chemistry Placement test given during First-Year Orientation. Doing sufficiently well on this exam will enable you to enroll in Chemistry 10. This course, which is open to first-year students only, is often an appealing option for the incoming student who is excited about chemistry, who would like to continue study of chemistry early in his or her Dartmouth career, and who is seeking to develop their experimental skills in a college-level chemistry course. Successful completion of Chemistry 10 earns you a course credit for Chemistry 10, and a credit on entrance for Chemistry 5. That is, successful completion of Chemistry 10 is the prerequisite equivalent to Chemistry 5 and 6. Adequate mathematics preparation, equivalent to Mathematics 3, is also required for admission to Chemistry 10.


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3. I got a score of 4 on the AP Chemistry examination. Does Dartmouth award any credit for this performance?

ANSWER: No. Dartmouth does not award any credit for a score of 4 on the AP examination. However, you are encouraged to take the Chemistry Placement test which is offered only on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, during First-Year Orientation. If you pass that test, you will receive credit on entrance for Chemistry 5, and you will then be invited to take the Chemistry 6 credit test.

Please note that the Chemistry Placement test is offered ONLY on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

We urge students who plan on taking credit tests to prepare by reviewing their high school chemistry notes. It is not uncommon for students, who have not passed a credit test, to assert that they would have been much more successful with a modest amount of preparation. Please prepare, so that we can be sure we are getting an accurate assessment of your general chemistry knowledge. More about preparing for the Chemistry 5 and 6 Credit Tests.

On the other hand, don't be unduly discouraged if, in spite of adequate preparation, you do not pass the Chemistry Placement test. It may simply be that your high school course was at a lower level than Chemistry 5. A large majority of our students learn their general chemistry by taking Chemistry 5 and 6 here at Dartmouth.

Another outcome of the Chemistry Placement exam (even if you do not do well enough to receive Chemistry 5 credit) could be an invitation to take Chemistry 10. This course, which is open to first-year students only, is often an appealing option for the incoming student who is excited about chemistry who would like to continue study of chemistry early in his or her Dartmouth career, and who is seeking to develop their experimental skills in a college-level chemistry course. Successful completion of Chemistry 10 earns you a course credit for Chemistry 10, and a credit on entrance for Chemistry 5. That is, successful completion of Chemistry 10 is the prerequisite equivalent to Chemistry 5 and 6. Adequate mathematics preparation, equivalent to Mathematics 3, is also required for admission to Chemistry 10.


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4. I got a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry examination and received credit on entrance for Chemistry 5. What should I do next?

ANSWER: All students who received a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry examination will be invited to take the Chemistry 6 credit test which is offered on Thursday, September 11, 2014, during First-Year Orientation.

We urge students who plan on taking credit tests to prepare by reviewing their chemistry notes well in advance. It is not uncommon for students who have not passed a credit test to assert that they would have been much more successful with a modest amount of preparation. Please prepare, so that we can be sure we are getting an accurate assessment of your general chemistry knowledge. More about preparing for the Chemistry 5 and 6 Credit Tests.

If you pass the Chemistry 6 credit test, you will have credit on entrance for both Chemistry 5 and 6 and will have completed both of the general chemistry prerequisites required for higher level courses.

On the other hand, don't be unduly discouraged if, in spite of adequate preparation, you do not pass the Chemistry 6 credit test. It may simply be that your high school course treated the topics of Chemistry 6 at a lower level. A large majority of our students learn their general chemistry by taking Chemistry 5 and 6 here at Dartmouth.

Another option is to take the Chemistry Placement test given during First-Year Orientation. Doing sufficiently well on this exam will enable you to enroll in Chemistry 10. This course, which is open to first-year students only, is often an appealing option for the incoming student who is excited about chemistry, who would like to continue study of chemistry early in his or her Dartmouth career, and who is seeking to develop their experimental skills in a college-level chemistry course. Successful completion of Chemistry 10 earns you a course credit for Chemistry 10, and a credit on entrance for Chemistry 5. That is, successful completion of Chemistry 10 is the prerequisite equivalent of Chemistry 5 and 6. Adequate mathematics preparation, equivalent to Mathematics 3, is also required for admission to Chemistry 10.


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5. I took the International Baccalaureate examination in chemistry and received a score of 7. Do I receive any chemistry credit?

ANSWER: No. Dartmouth does not award any type of chemistry credit for a score of 7 on the IB examination. Students who have taken an IB chemistry program are encouraged to take the Chemistry Placement test which is offered only on Tuesday, September, 2014, during First-Year Orientation. If you pass that test, you will then be invited to take the Chemistry 6 credit test.

Please note that the Chemistry Placement test is offered ONLY on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

We urge students who plan on taking credit tests to prepare by reviewing their chemistry notes well in advance. It is not uncommon for students who have not passed a credit test to assert that they would have been much more successful with a modest amount of preparation. Please prepare, so that we can be sure we are getting an accurate assessment of your general chemistry knowledge. More about preparing for the Chemistry 5 and 6 Credit Tests.

If you pass the Chemistry 6 credit test, you will have credit on entrance for both Chemistry 5 and 6 and will have completed both of the general chemistry prerequisites required for higher level courses.

On the other hand, don't be unduly discouraged if, in spite of adequate preparation, you do not pass the Chemistry 6 credit test. It may simply be that your high school course treated the topics of Chemistry 6 at a lower level. A large majority of our students learn their general chemistry by taking Chemistry 5 and 6 here at Dartmouth.

Another outcome of the Chemistry Placement exam (even if you do not do well enough to receive Chemistry 5 credit) could be an invitation to take Chemistry 10. This course, which is open to first-year students only, is often an appealing option for the incoming student who is excited about chemistry, who would like to continue study of chemistry early in his or her Dartmouth career, and who is seeking to develop their experimental skills in a college-level chemistry course. Successful completion of Chemistry 10 earns you a course credit for Chemistry 10, and a credit on entrance for Chemistry 5. That is, successful completion of Chemistry 10 is the prerequisite equivalent of Chemistry 5 and 6. Adequate mathematics preparation, equivalent to Mathematics 3, is also required for admission to Chemistry 10.


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6. I took the GCE A-Level examination in Chemistry. Is it possible to receive any credit for my performance on this examination?

ANSWER: Students with an overall grade of A on the GCE A-Level Examinations (AS/A2) offered by one of the three English unitary awarding bodies (AQA, Edexcel, ORC) will receive credit on entrance for Chemistry 5. Students who received an overall grade lower than A on the GCE A-Level Examinations offered by AQA, Edexcel, or ORC, and students who took A-Level Examinations offered by any other examining board are encouraged to take the Chemistry Placement test which is offered only on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 during First-Year Orientation.

Please note that students who took A-level examinations offered by an examining board other than AQA, Edexcel, or ORC, MUST take the Chemistry Placement test on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, if they wish to explore the possibility of receiving credit on entrance for prematriculation work.

Students who receive credit on entrance for Chemistry 5 will be invited to take the Chemistry 6 credit test offered on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

We urge students who plan on taking credit tests to prepare by reviewing their A-level course notes well in advance. It is not uncommon for students who have not passed a credit test to assert that they would have been much more successful with a modest amount of preparation. Please prepare, so that we can be sure we are getting an accurate assessment of your general chemistry knowledge. More about preparing for the Chemistry 5 and 6 Credit Tests.


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7. I have credit on entrance for both Chemistry 5 and 6. What Chemistry courses should I take in my first year?

ANSWER: Once a student has credit on entrance for both Chemistry 5 and 6, he or she has the prerequisites to enroll in organic chemistry. However, it should be emphasised that students often find organic chemistry to be a demanding course with a challenging laboratory. Consequently, it is an unusual student who is able to succeed in an organic chemistry course in their first term at Dartmouth, and, at the same time, cope with the inevitable adjustments associated with the transition to college. Any student who is considering enrolling in organic chemistry (Chemistry 51) in their first-year fall should make an appointment with the professor teaching Chemistry 51 to determine if this is an appropriate choice.


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8. I completed successfully two general chemistry courses at my local university. Can I transfer this credit to Dartmouth?

ANSWER: It is sometimes possible to transfer credit for general chemistry courses completed at other universities, and each application to transfer credit is considered on a case-by-case basis by the Registrar. Please see the website Transfer Credit for information. Since both Chemistry 5 and 6 involve a substantial laboratory component, transfer credit will be granted only for general chemistry courses that have a full laboratory component. Students who wish to apply to transfer credit should pick up a Prematriculation Transfer Credit Approval form from the Registrar's Office (or download the form from the site mentioned above), and make an appointment to meet with the Chair of the Department of Chemistry. When they meet with the Chair, they should bring with them a course syllabus (including information about laboratory work), the course textbook used (or the name of the text if the book itself is unavailable), a list of the chapters covered, and official documentation of their performance. Application for Prematriculation Transfer Credit must be completed before the conclusion of the fall term of the first year.



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