General Chemistry I (CHEM 105) Placement

Chemistry Placement Tests for Fall 2014 registration will be administered:

Students wishing to take the CCDT are required to bring calculators and must arrive at least five minutes before the scheduled test start time. There is no penalty for wrong answers, so it is better to guess than to leave an answer blank.  Students who place into CHEM105 will be notified via email within 24 hours of taking the placement test; students who are not notified within 24 hours of taking the test should immediately register for an open CHEM104 section. A student may not repeat the California Chemistry Diagnostic Test within three months of taking it.

Approximately 2/3 of Winthrop students take CHEM104 prior to CHEM105

· Students wishing to register for CHEM104 should not take the placement test; enrollment in CHEM104 will automatically allow students to register for CHEM105 in subsequent semesters.

· Students wishing to take the placement exam must have a good science and math background. To have a reasonable chance of placing directly into CHEM105, students need to have a MATH SAT/ACT score of at least 530/23 or to have completed college calculus I (MATH 201).

General Chemistry I (CHEM105) Registration Pre-Requisites:

General Chemistry I (CHEM105) is a rigorous introductory college chemistry course for science majors only. Before a student can register for CHEM105, they must either complete CHEM104 with a grade of C or above or take the California Chemistry Diagnostic Test (CCDT) and be placed into CHEM105 based upon test performance and background.

Chemistry Placement Test Information:

The California Chemistry Diagnostic Test (CCDT) is a 44-item test developed by a 16-member chemistry faculty team in response to a need in California for a “Freshman Chemistry Placement Test” to be used at all levels of institutions. The CCDT was given a trial run in 1987 in 53 schools with over six thousand students; a revised version was tested in 1988. This diagnostic test has undergone additional revisions and field tests.  It is now recognized nationally by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and distributed by agreement between the ACS Exams Institute and the relevant University boards in CA.

Students wishing to take the CCDT are required to bring calculators and arrive no later than the scheduled test start time.There is no penalty for wrong answers, so it is better to guess than to leave an answer blank.  The student may not repeat the California Chemistry Diagnostic Test within three months of taking it. After waiting at least three months, the exam may be repeated once only.

Student Preparation:

Students should review their high school chemistry prior to taking the test.  The CCDT study group has also prepared a set of sample test questions that provides information on the type and format of questions. The Shodor Foundation has also developed an on-line chemistry fundamentals course (used during the 1990’s at UNC) that provides a good resource for review of basic mathematics and chemistry principles.

http://www.shodor.org/UNChem/

Rationale for Chemistry Placement:

Winthrop chemistry faculty members want students to succeed.  Numerous studies have found that General Chemistry students who have an appropriate math and chemistry background are much more likely to succeed than those who do not.  To ensure everyone has the background to successfully complete General Chemistry I, Winthrop students are all required to either complete CHEM104 or take the California Chemistry Diagnostic Test before they can register for CHEM105.  Performance on this test will be used in conjunction with previous college mathematics courses completed and SAT/ACT Math scores to place students into CHEM105. Students who do not place into CHEM105 are required to complete CHEM104 (Chemistry and Problem Solving Fundamentals), with a grade of C or above, before taking CHEM105.