Who should take the examination?
Anyone planning to take General Chemistry I (Chemistry 121) or any higher chemistry courses.
Do I need to review for this exam?
The emphasis of the exam is on measuring your understanding of fundamental concepts rather than your memory of particular facts. Therefore we do not expect you to have extensively studied for this exam, but a brief review may be useful.
Will I need my calculator for the exam?
Can I earn credit for General Chemistry I (Chemistry 121) by performing well on this exam?
No. However, if you are offered the option of taking General Chemistry II (Chemistry 122) without taking General Chemistry I (Chemistry 121) and if you receive a satisfactory grade in General Chemistry II (Chemistry 122), you will then earn credit for General Chemistry I (Chemistry 121).
If I perform well on the examination, but still want to take General Chemistry I. Can I do that?
Yes. The examination is for advising purposes only.
I took an Advanced Placement (AP) or higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) chemistry course and an AP or IB examination in chemistry, but I do not yet know my score. Should I take this placement exam?
How do Lafayette’s General Chemistry I and II courses compare with the course I took in high school?
Generally, college-level chemistry courses are taught at a faster pace than are high school courses and have more extensive laboratory experiences. You can find a list of the topics covered in General Chemistry I and II (Chemistry 122 and 122) at the bottom of this page.
What if I do well on my AP or IB chemistry exam?
If you earn a 4 or 5 on your AP chemistry examination or score greater than 5 on your IB examination, you are eligible to earn credit for both Chemistry 121 and 122 at Lafayette regardless of the outcome of this placement examination. However, some students choose to enroll in General Chemistry rather than making the large step of enrolling in a more advanced chemistry course. If that is your inclination, we strongly encourage you to consider accepting AP credit for Chemistry 121 and to enroll in Chemistry 122 in the fall. This option is especially recommended for students with limited laboratory experience.