If you believe that your placement or AP score does not accurately reflect your chemistry ability level, then you may want to take a chemistry test-out exam for the chemistry course that you have been placed into.
Of course, as you register for classes, you must sign up for whichever chemistry course corresponds to your placement level. However, if you later take and pass the test-out exam for that class, then you will be moved—depending upon availability of seats—into the next highest chemistry course.
When deciding whether or not to try a test-out exam, please keep in mind that “testing out” of a course means that you can demonstrate mastery and recall of the skills that are supposed to have learned in that course. Simply passing a class in high school should never be considered a guarantee that you will not need to retake that class in college. Indeed, your performance on any AP, placement, or test-out exam is meant to serve as a measure of what you learned and can remember from your high-school coursework.
Chemistry test-out exams are typically three hours long and include two components: (i) a two-hour, multiple-choice written portion, and (ii) a one-hour laboratory practical (except for CHEM 1020, which has no laboratory component).
For any given exam, both components must be taken at the same time and can only be taken once. Therefore, if you decide to take a given test-out exam, you are strongly encouraged to carefully review the relevant material before you take the test. A list of topics covered in any given UW-Platteville chemistry course can be found by following the "Course Offerings" link under "Academics" at the top of this page, or by consulting the undergraduate course catalog.
The Chemistry program does not provide any review materials for test-out exams.
To register for a chemistry test-out exam, contact Professor Wu at 608.342.6018 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You must provide your name, e-mail address, and the course you would like to attempt to test out of. You MUST pay for the cost of the exam (cash or check payable to "UW-Platteville" only) on the day of the exam—we will collect the non-refundable fee before the exam begins. You will NOT be allowed to take the test-out exam until you have paid the test-out fee, which is $20 per credit.
Test-out exam fees
- Chemistry 1020 – No laboratory practical – Introductory Chemistry ($40)
- Chemistry 1050 – General Chemistry including the laboratory practical ($100)
- Chemistry 1140 – General Chemistry including the laboratory practical ($80)
Bring the following items with you to the test-out exam
- Pencil with eraser
- Cash or check (made out to UW-Platteville) for the appropriate amount listed above
- Current photo ID
Chemistry Program Test-Out Policies:
- Test-out exams are administered by the chemistry department and take place on the UW-Platteville campus.
- A student may not take a test-out exam for a UW-Platteville Chemistry course in which the student has already been assigned a grade or audited. However, a student is still eligible to take a test-out exam for a course from which the student has withdrawn.
- The fee for a test-out exam in the chemistry program is $20 per credit hour.
- A student will earn credit for a course if the student scores 70 percent or better on the test-out exam for that course.
- A test-out exam, once failed, may not be repeated.
- The chemistry program adheres to the guidelines related to test-out exams as printed in the university undergraduate catalog.
Topics Covered by Course
- Chemistry 1020: 2 credits. Introductory Chemistry. Topics covered include but are not limited to: Measurements, atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, stoichiometry, states of matter, intermolecular forces, and solutions. This course does not have a laboratory portion.
- Chemistry 1050: 5 credits. General Chemistry. Topics covered include but are not limited to: naming organic and inorganic compounds, measurements, atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, stoichiometry, states of matter, intermolecular forces, and solutions. This course contains a laboratory portion.
- Chemistry 1140: 4 credits. General Chemistry. Topics covered include but are not limited to: Basic theory and concepts; atomic structure, periodic properties, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, solutions, chemical bonds, and oxidation-reduction. This course contains a laboratory portion.