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Orientation Placement tests

HelpmepleaseeHelpmepleasee Registered User Posts: 369 Member
I just recently found out about this and I have no idea what the hell is going on.

"All freshmen should expect to take two placement exams prior to course registration during Orientation"

UC Davis Orientation - Freshmen Placement Tests

and if so, does anyone know any info on this? Especially the math test. I'm not planning on doing anything chem related or have not learned chem in 3 years so... Do I still have to take it?
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Replies to: Orientation Placement tests

  • FutureEEMajorFutureEEMajor Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    OMG it says regardless of AP score :(, BC score 4
    I took calculus last year does that mean I have to restudy calc :(
    and chem 2a needs a test :(
    this makes me sad whats the point of AP exam.
  • HelpmepleaseeHelpmepleasee Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    yeah... I think you need to take the calculus ab test to study for calculus bc... :/ so lame man! I got an 800 on my math iic subject.. >;O
  • FutureEEMajorFutureEEMajor Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    looked up some more info about it
    it says the test is Pre Cal level.
    I don't even remember what topics were considered precal...
  • HelpmepleaseeHelpmepleasee Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    wasn't precalc the class we took before calc... so that's sat subject iic topic... so much things to remember now:/ it's like hyperbolas, unit circle, vectors, logs... :/
  • calimamicalimami Registered User Posts: 877 Member
    schools are learning that--regardless of ap score--kids are skipping intro-level math and chemistry and having difficulty passing their classes. this is because the ap courses for the most part aren't really taught on a true college level. in response to this, many (all?) UCs are requiring placement tests to make sure that students aren't deciding for themselves that they don't need a certain course (based on ap scores which don't necessarily reflect your actual aptitude). it's for your own good--and it's a good thing.
  • kburkekburke Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    im in precalc now, its pretty easy, we've stutied trigonometry, logarithms, conics, and different types of functions...i would think that if your in calc the test would be easy
  • kburkekburke Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    when i was visiting one of the students told me we some credit for ap classes but they make us retake the course

    does anyone know when and where we take these tests
  • FutureEEMajorFutureEEMajor Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    are these test going to cost us anything?
    I know the awpe cost 110 but what about the math and chem one?
    If anyone has taken these test already how was it?
    Haven't touched anything related to chem in 2 years...1 year for calc :(
  • HellaHella Registered User Posts: 574 Member
    The math test is EXTREMELY easy. I had never taken a calc class prior to going to Davis. It's algebra 2/precal level stuff.
    Chemistry as well. The only chemistry I took was a summer course in high school a year and a half before, so it was basically a joke. I passed both of the tests like nothing (and I don't even like science - admitted biosci, currently econ).

    But that is not to say that you shouldn't take these seriously, since they can set you back a quarter or even more in terms of calc and chem.

    As for when/where, the orientation people take care of you regarding that 100%, if they don't they're a ****ty orientation staff member. Just know at some point during orientation you will have to take some tests. There are people at orientation who will be actively making sure you take care of every little thing you need to take care of, so don't worry. It's their job.

    And I don't remember paying anything for these tests, but I'm not sure on that one. If there is a fee, it should be included in the orientation fees.
  • HelpmepleaseeHelpmepleasee Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    wow the awpe cost money? :/ this is a bummer. haha it's just an essay test :o well what @Calimami said kind of makes things nice. Regardless if I fail the math or the chem in the long run it'll be helping me.

    Willl taking precalc freshmen year set back my engineering career?
    I know it's always to good to start school with calc and beyond for math and engineering majors but will it really have an impact on the whole scheme of getting an environmental engineering degree? That would suck if I would have to be in Davis for more than 4 years :/
  • HellaHella Registered User Posts: 574 Member
    I don't really know, but I can tell you about my friends I guess. One took 21B freshman fall quarter, the other took 21C. First one is biomedical eng, second is chemical eng. Both of them are on track to graduate in 4 years with summer school.
    Judging from that, you may have some trouble. I can't say though, but it might help if you look at your major reqs (UC Davis General Catalog | Programs and Courses)

    One plus about starting with precal is that you take 21A with people who also had to take precal. I think it's safe to say that che2a, mat21a, and mat17a are harder fall quarter because that's what the majority of freshmen are taking = a lot of premeds (mainly in the case of 17, but i don't know about 21) = more competition.

    Oh, and I was just looking at these statistics today, but within the class of 2008 (people who entered in 04) the 4 year graduation rate was somewhere between 40-50%. 6 year was around 75%. Don't fret.
  • jbournejbourne Registered User Posts: 573 Member
    Go to this link SASC - Placement Exams to find out about the math
    and chem placement tests. There are study guides there also, plus some
    links on the chem ones to practice tests. You can take the math one online
    before orientation. They give you your score at orientation. You only need
    to take these if you are enrolling in certain math or chem classes. It lists
    those on the above link also.

    added - there are some math practice tests at that link also
  • HelpmepleaseeHelpmepleasee Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    what are these courses?
    Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D
    Mathematics 22A-22B

    how far does that go up to?
  • HelpmepleaseeHelpmepleasee Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    i just looked over the practice test for math and.... it's pretty simple haha.
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