Question about bio and chem placement tests

<p>Does anyone know how hard the Brown placement tests are for Bio and Chem? My daughter has taken high school biology and chemistry, but not AP, but is interested in placing out of intro bio and chem. Is there anyway to prepare for the test?</p>

<p>I think there are materials online to study for the Chem placement exam before hand. I don't think the results of the chem placement are binding, but you may run into some trouble if you decide to ignore the results.</p>

<p>Intro Bio is largely considered to be an awesome class-- I know many people who took it despite testing out.</p>

<p>I didn't take AP Chem in high school either. I actually didn't even take the placement test, and simply enrolled in Chem 33. I'm pretty sure the placement test is more of a guide for those unsure of the strength of their background in chemistry, and need some advice on whether to take intro chemistry (Chem 10) or general chemistry (Chem 33). Brown doesn't accept AP Chemistry Credits either, so AP really is more of a self-placemnt tool than an formal prereq or requirement. My friends in Chem 33 were split down the middle in terms of AP preparation, with a large portion of us just having had Honors Chemistry in high school. </p>

<p>In general, I think if you had a solid Chemistry class in high school, you should be just fine in Chem 33 without a placement test. There is a summer online tutorial that helps you prepare for the placement exam by reviewing high school chemistry, but it's really uneccesary if you elect not to take the placement exam.</p>

<p>On the other hand, Bio 20 is the intro level requirement for (almost) all courses in the Biology department. It's offered in the spring, and has great professors. You can skip Bio 20 formally with AP credit and take upper level courses (which is what I chose to do), but plenty of people take it because the professor and the class itself is supposed to be great (as modest said).</p>

<p>thank you both; very helpful.</p>