Initial and Final Exams

Chemical Concepts Inventory

The Chemical Concepts Inventory is targeted at common chemical misconceptions. You will take it in the first week of class so that I may assess your level of preparedness at the beginning of the semester. You will earn points toward your grade according to the following table:

Points EarnedCorrect Answers
1at least 1
2at least 5
3at least 10
4at least 15
5at least 20
  • The Chemical Concepts Inventory may be taken during office hours or during the first class period.

  • The Chemical Concepts Inventory is a course requirement. Students who do not take it by the end of the first week of the semester will receive an F deficiency.

Practice Final Exam

To give you practice in taking ACS standardized exams, you may take one as many times as you wish until you are satisfied with your grade. You will take the same exam each time, but you will be told only how many questions you answered correctly. After each taking, you may ask questions about specific problems, but you may not take notes. You will earn points toward your grade according to the following table:

Points EarnedCorrect Answers
1at least 34 (29th percentile)
2at least 38 (45th percentile)
3at least 42 (58th percentile)
4at least 46 (69th percentile)
5at least 50 (78th percentile)

Final Exam

In order that I may gauge how you stack up against students at other institutions, you must take the American Chemical Society Standardized Exam in General Chemistry. We have not covered all the material on this test, but the same will have been true for most students taking it at other institutions. There are 75 questions and the mean score nationally is 40.84. You will earn points toward your grade according to the following table:

Points EarnedCorrect Answers
1at least 14 (0th percentile)
2at least 18 (0th percentile)
3at least 22 (2nd percentile)
4at least 26 (6th percentile)
5at least 30 (16th percentile)
6at least 34 (29th percentile)
7at least 38 (45th percentile)
8at least 42 (58th percentile)
9at least 46 (69th percentile)
10at least 50 (78th percentile)
  • The Final Exam may be taken during office hours or during the official final exam period. No exams are given on weekends, even if I am in my office.

  • The Final Exam is a course requirement. Students who do not take it will receive an Incomplete for the course.