Chemistry Placement Exam

<p>Does anyone know how hard the chem placement exam is? What material is on it? Would it be easy to place into honors general chemistry if i got a 5 in AP chem?</p>

<p>what happens during orientation is that you show up for the placement exam and goldberg (the head of the chem department) is there and he gives this big lecture about how chem is hard and it's so scary and basically scares you out of taking the test (therefore forcing you to take regular gen chem). he states that out of all the people in ALL the orientations about 15 pass the test to get into honors gen chem. however if you think you might be able to do it, you should! because the worst that can happen is you don't past and it's as if you didn't take it in the first place. </p>

<p>however if you're just looking to be a pre-med and not a chem major then also don't worry about the honors designation. an A in the regular class will look MUCH better than a C in the honors class. honors is college is so different than it is in high school.</p>

<p>^ Except that in Honors Gen Chem, Tuckerman gives out all A's and B's and the class has like 20 students which is nice. In the regular class, there are about 600 students and plenty of people get C's and D's and even F's. So I think if someone wants to be a Chem or Biochem major and is looking for a challenge, then the Honors class is a good idea. It will prepare you for when you take Pchem I and II later on. </p>

<p>Lots of people take AP Chem but don't place into the honors class. It's not a big deal if you don't place into it - lots of chem/biochem majors don't take honors Chem since they're undecided frosh year.</p>

<p>Thanks. I do plan on doing premed with a chem major so I'll definitely try the placement exam. Do either of you know what is usually on it?</p>

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<p>Well I just had orientation, and I took the test.</p>

<p>It's divided into chemistry, physics, and math sections.</p>

<p>You want to have AP chem, AP Physics, and Calc BC in order to be able to answer all the questions. </p>

<p>Also, the guy is very intimidating, and he will yell at you; don't let him make you nervous, he's testing you.</p>

<p>^ Sounds like Goldberg to me. Keep that attitude up if you want to succeed in Chem. And some advice to save for a year from now: When/if you go into Orgo, brave the meeting with him and get into non-traditional Orgo. It's worth it.</p>

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Also, the guy is very intimidating, and he will yell at you; don't let him make you nervous, he's testing you

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Hahaha you must be talking about Burt Goldberg! Oh God, he can be a real dbag. Not only is he my advisor (chem major) but he's involved in my scholarship program so i've had some, uh, interesting experiences :/
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When/if you go into Orgo, brave the meeting with him and get into non-traditional Orgo.

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Dude Burt is pretty harsh about letting Chem/Biochem students take non-traditional - my friend (biochem major) tried it, she had to plead with him for like 25 minutes and he kept cutting into her, implying she was trying to take the "easy way out" and being a jerk about it. Biochem/Chem majors have to take Honors Organic Chem generally.</p>

<p>Hey, sorry for bothering you, but I'm freaking out so bad! Just wanted to know a little more about the placement test since I couldn't find any practice tests for this. I found some for calculus II, which I will also take, but I have not yet had AP Physics. So if you have the heart or the inclination, could you either post back to me. You don't know how much I would love you for that. Please :)</p>

<p>Have you had regular physics?
Regardless, you NEED physics. At the very least, study mechanics at the Physics B level during the time you have before orientation.</p>