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 5 credit test which is offered only during First-Year Orientation. If you pass that test, you will then be invited to take the two-hour Chemistry 6 credit test.

Please note that the two-hour Chemistry 5 credit test is offered ONLY on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

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, and the Chemistry 10 Placement Examination.

On the other hand, don't be unduly discouraged if, in spite of adequate preparation, you do not pass the Chemistry 5 credit 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 option is to take the Chemistry 10 Placement examination which is offered only on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, during First-Year Orientation. Doing sufficiently well on this examination will allow you to be considered for admission into Chemistry 10. This course has a limited enrollment, is open to first year students only, and 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, that is, credit on entrance (or the equivalent) for 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 two-hour Chemistry 6 credit test which is offered on Friday, September 11, 2015, 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, and the Chemistry 10 Placement examination.

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.

Students with a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry examination, and who also have credit on entrance (or the equivalent) for Mathematics 3 are eligible to be considered for admission into Chemistry 10 without further testing. This limited enrollment course is open to first-year students only, and 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. Students who wish to be considered for admission to Chemistry 10, that is those students with a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry examination, and who also have credit on entrance (or the equivalent) for Mathematics 3, must send an email stating their desire to be considered to Deborah.A.Carr@dartmouth.edu. This email must be received by no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, and should include the phrase "Request for admission into Chemistry 10" in the subject line of the email.


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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 two-hour Chemistry 5 credit test which is offered only on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 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 two-hour Chemistry 6 credit test.

Please note that the two-hour Chemistry 5 credit test is offered ONLY on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

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, and the Chemistry 10 Placement examination.

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.

For students who have credit on entrance (or the equivalent) for Mathematics 3, another option is to take the Chemistry 10 Placement examination which is offered only on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, during First-Year Orientation. Doing sufficiently well on this examination will allow you to be considered for admission into Chemistry 10. This course has a limited enrollment, is open to first year students only, and 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.


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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 two-hour Chemistry 6 credit test which is offered on Friday, September 11, 2015, 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, and the Chemistry 10 Placement examination.

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.

If you do not have credit on entrance for Chemistry 6, but you have credit on entrance (or the equivalent) for Mathematics 3, you have three options:

1. You may enroll in Chemistry 6 in the fall term.

2. You may wish to be considered for admission into Chemistry 10 without further testing. Chemistry 10 is a limited enrollment course, which is open to first-year students only, and 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. Students who are interested in being considered for admission into Chemistry 10 must send an email expressing their interest to Deborah.A.Carr@dartmouth.edu. This email must be received by no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, and should include the phrase "Request for admission into Chemistry 10" in the subject line of the email.

3. You may enroll in Chemistry 6 in the spring term.

If you do not have credit on entrance for Chemistry 6, and you do not have credit on entrance (or the equivalent) for Mathematics 3, you will need to enroll in Mathematics 3 in either the fall or the winter term if you wish to enroll in Chemistry 6 in the spring term.


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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 5 credit test which is offered only on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, during First-Year Orientation. If you pass that test, you will then be invited to take the two-hour Chemistry 6 credit test which is offered on Friday, September 11, 2015, during First-Year Orientation.

Please note that the Chemistry 5 credit test is offered ONLY on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

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, and the Chemistry 10 Placement examination.

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.

For IB students who have credit on entrance (or the equivalent) for Mathematics 3, another option is to take the Chemistry 10 Placement examination which is offered only on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, during First-Year Orientation. Doing sufficiently well on this examination will allow you to be considered for admission into Chemistry 10. This course has a limited enrollment, is open to first year students only, and 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.


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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 will NOT 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 two-hour Chemistry 5 credit test which is offered only on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 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 5 credit test on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 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 two-hour Chemistry 6 credit test offered on Friday, September 11, 2015.

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, and the Chemistry 10 Placement examination.

Students with credit on entrance for both Chemistry 5 and Mathematics 3 are eligible to be considered for admission into Chemistry 10 without further testing. This course has a limited enrollment, is open to first year students only, and 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. Students who are interested in being considered for admission into Chemistry 10 must send an email expressing their interest to Deborah.A.Carr@dartmouth.edu. This email must be received by no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, and should include the phrase "Request for admission into Chemistry 10" in the subject line of the email.

For students lacking credit on entrance for Chemistry 5, but who have credit on entrance (or the equivalent) for Mathematics 3, another option is to take the Chemistry 10 Placement examination which is offered only on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, during First-Year Orientation. Doing sufficiently well on this examination will allow you to be considered for admission into Chemistry 10. This course has a limited enrollment, is open to first year students only, and 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.


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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, she or he 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.

Students with credit on entrance for Chemistry 5 and 6 and who are interested in organic chemistry may wish to consider the alternate organic chemistry sequence, Chemistry 57/58. Chemistry 57 is offered in the winter term, followed by Chemistry 58 in the spring.


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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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