Fall 2019 - Chemistry Placement Requirement

About the Chemistry Placement Requirement

Starting in Fall 2019, to assure enrollment in general chemistry, all students must earn a qualifying score from the Chemistry Placement Exam. Students who do not earn the qualifying score are encouraged to register in Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C) or take the ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry course in preparation to retake the Chemistry Placement Exam.

The Department of Chemistry no longer recognizes the following previously accepted pathways as Chemistry Placement Requirement waivers:

For CHE 2A (General Chemistry):

  • SAT Math score of 600+
  • ACT Math score of 27+
  • AP Chemistry score of 3+
  • SAT Chemistry score of 700+
  • Pass WLD 41C with a “P” or “C or better”
  • Mastery score of 100% on the ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry

For CHE 2AH (Honors General Chemistry):

  • SAT Math score of 670+
  • ACT Math score of 30+
  • AP Chemistry exam score of 4+
  • SAT Chemistry subject test score of 700+
  • Pass WLD 41C with a “P” or “C or better”
  • Mastery score of 100% on the ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry

For more information about the Chemistry Placement Requirement, please refer to our Chemistry Placement Requirement FAQ page. If you still have questions after reviewing this webpage, please email chemplacement@ucdavis.edu.

 

Placement into CHE 2A (General Chemistry) or CHE 2AH (Honors General Chemistry)

All students enrolled in CHE 2A or CHE 2AH must earn a qualifying score from the Chemistry Placement Exam. Students who do not earn a qualifying score will be administratively dropped from their course by the Department of Chemistry. There are no exemptions to this policy or exemptions for International Baccalaureate (IB) scores or general chemistry coursework taken at another institution. The following scores are required to assure placement:

For CHE 2A (General Chemistry):

  • Score of 24+ on the Chemistry Placement Exam

For CHE 2AH (Honors General Chemistry):

  • Score of 33+ on the Chemistry Placement Exam 

Students who do not earn a qualifying score are encouraged to register in Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C) or take the ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry course in preparation to retake the Chemistry Placement Exam. 

If students fail to obtain a qualifying score on the Chemistry Placement Exam after a second attempt, they will need to submit an online petition to the Department of Chemistry. In the petition, students must include:

  • A justification for why enrollment in CHE 2A or CHE 2AH is needed (i.e. required for their major, satisfies a graduate school prerequisite, etc.)
  • A specific plan for how the student plans to prepare for their third attempt of the Chemistry Placement Exam (after already having completed WLD 41C or the ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry course).
  • Optional - Provide an extenuating circumstance with support documentation

Petitions will be reviewed by select faculty members in the Department of Chemistry. Approval (or denial) of a third attempt of the Chemistry Placement Exam will be shared via email to the student within 5 to 7 business days of receiving their petition. 

 

The Chemistry Placement Exam

The Chemistry Placement Exam is only available online. The exam may be taken twice per quarter, but only once per testing session. As with any exam, if special accommodations are needed due to a disability, please contact the Student Disability Center.

The first testing session to take the Chemistry Placement Exam to assure Fall 2019 placement in CHE 2A or CHE 2AH will take place in September. Login information for students who have not taken the placement exam or did not receive a qualifying score for the course they are registered will be sent to their @ucdavis.edu email address. The email received will include user name and password information to access the placement exam. Please note the following about when the testing sessions are active:

  • Fall 2019 Testing Session #1Begins at 11 AM on September 11 and ends at 11 AM on September 17
  • Fall 2019 Testing Session #2Begins at 11 AM on September 25 and ends at 11 AM on October 1

Students, who are not currently registered in CHE 2A or CHE 2AH (but wish to take the Chemistry Placement Exam), may request access by completing our online Manual Registration Form at https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/undergrad/forms/placement_chem/.

  • Manual Registration for Fall 2019 Testing Session #1September 11, 2019 at 11 AM until September 16, 2019 at 11 AM
  • Manual Registration for Fall 2019 Testing Session #2September 25, 2019 at 11 AM until September 30, 2019 at 11 AM

For more information about the Chemistry Placement Exam, please refer to https://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/general-chemistry-series/placement-exam-faqs.

Staff assistance during the testing sessions is only available during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 9:00a-4:00p. Should you require help, please contact us at chemplacement@ucdavis.edu.

 

ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry

ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is designed to test for individualized knowledge gaps and to fill the gaps through computerized adaptive learning software. Students take an initial assessment which the software uses to gauge your current content mastery level. Your mastery level may go up or down based on your subsequent interactions with the software. The goal of this preparatory course is to fill the "pie chart" to 100%, which is the mastery level.  

ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is open to all students. In this way, ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry may also be used to refresh skill sets in general chemistry or supplement one's learning of general chemistry.

Access to ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry

Whether you’re accessing ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry to prepare to retake the Chemistry Placement Exam or as a means of refreshing your skill set in general chemistry, students who opt to take this online, self-paced, minimally supervised course must earn a mastery score by filling their “pie chart” to 100%. The topics in the course were selected by faculty members in the Department of Chemistry who teach general chemistry. 

Additional information about ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry:

  • Course Credit. ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is a not-for-credit course. There is no course registration number associated with this option.
  • Cost. A fee of $35.29 will be billed to your UC Davis account as part of the Inclusive Access Program for digital course materials (much like online textbooks or online homework). Billing may be deferred until Fall quarter (late-September), after financial aid funds have been distributed. 
  • Completion Time. Since ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is an adaptive learning program, time to completion will vary based on a student's interactions with the course. Time to complete the course ranges from 8 hours to 120 hours, with an average of 25 hours, of work in the online modules. The student license to access the course is twelve weeks, starting when students first complete their registration. It is the student's responsibility to complete ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry before his or her license expires, or before the specified deadline to finish, whichever occurs first. 
  • Enrollment. Students may enroll in ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry via Canvas. After enrolling via Canvas, students will be able to read more about the online course and how it works prior to starting their paid access. To register for the online course, go to https://canvas.ucdavis.edu/enroll/JXT6GJ. Then, follow the prompts to begin the problem modules.
  • Recommendations. Taking ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is recommended for students who have reliable internet access from a computer or tablet (sorry, no smart phones), have the time management skills necessary to complete an online, self-paced course, and feel that limited interaction with peers and an instructor is sufficient. Students are encouraged to create an "ALEKS Notebook" to take notes on how to complete problems and to review notes prior to taking the periodic assessments in the course. Students should set aside time each day towards completing the course. Additionally, students are encouraged to consult outside resources (i.e. Chemistry LibreTexts) before clicking the "explain" button. Frequent use of the "explain" button will extend the time spent in the program. Long gaps between sessions to solve problems can trigger a re-assessment of a student's mastery level.
  • Supervision. ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is minimally supervised by a designated faculty member in the Department of Chemistry. Students taking the course will be able to communicate with other students and the faculty member via an online forum.

 Deadlines to Access ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry

  • First Day to Sign Up: Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Last Day to Sign Up: Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Last Day to Complete with 100% Mastery: Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Student Accounts Billed: TBD

It is the student's responsibility to complete ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry before his or her license expires or before the specified deadline to finish, whichever occurs first. 

Any questions or concerns that may not be addressed on this page or our FAQs page should be directed to chemplacement@ucdavis.edu. 

 

Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C)

As another option to help students prepare to retake the Chemistry Placement Exam, this is a standard course for those who prefer to learn via face-to-face instructor time, homework, and exams. Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C) is taught by Sacramento City College instructors on the UC Davis campus. It is only offered during the Fall quarter.

Additional information about Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C):

  • Course Credit. Workload Chemistry provides 3 units of credit towards minimum progress and full-time enrollment status, but not credit towards graduation.
  • Cost. The cost for Workload Chemistry is covered by a student's tuition. Students are also expected to purchase any course materials assigned by the instructor including textbook and online homework system access (estimated at $99.00).
  • Completion Time. A 3-unit course is expected to take 6-9 hours of work per week in addition to time spent in-class. This course is only offered in the Fall quarter which causes a (minimum) one-quarter delay towards starting any one of the general chemistry series (CHE 2ABC or CHE 2AH/BH/CH). That delay may cause further delays in courses that require the completion of general chemistry. 
  • Enrollment. During UC Davis class registration times for the Fall quarter, register for Workload Chemistry (WLD 41C).
  • Recommendation. This preparatory course is intended for students who want a traditional in-person course with deadlines and assignments set by an instructor.

 

Additional Course Suggestion in Chemistry

Concepts in Chemistry (CHE 10). This is a lecture-based, 4-unit survey course that takes you through basic concepts and applications in chemistry. It is only offered in the Fall quarter. While this course's primary function is to serve non-science majors, CHE 10 can help science majors refresh their interest in chemistry.

Students who take CHE 10 may enroll in CHE 2A or CHE 2AH during a later quarter. If you do this, you are still subject to satisfying the Chemistry Placement Requirements. CHE 10 should not be viewed as a preparatory course for CHE 2A or CHE 2AH. If you are seeking to re-establish your skill set in chemistry, ALEKS Preparatory Chemistry is strongly recommended.

 

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