NOTE: Students cannot earn credit for both CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1310. These are considered duplicate credits.
Advanced Placement A score of 4 equates to credit for CHEM 1211K. A score of 5 equates to credit for CHEM 1310 and placement exam opportunity.* International Baccalaureate High level A score of 6 equates to credit for CHEM 1211K. A score of 7 equates to credit for CHEM 1310 and placement exam opportunity*. Standard level A score of 6 equates to credit for CHEM 1XXX. A score of 7 equates to credit for CHEM 1XXX. SAT II
A score above 680 (and below 730) equates to credit for CHEM 1211K. A score of 730 or above equates to credit for CHEM 1310 and placement exam opportunity*.
*Placement exam opportunity
If your score correlates to placement exam opportunity, you have several options:
1. Take no further chemistry courses if your major does not require them.
2. Opt not to use your credit and register for CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1211K as required by your major. This may be preferable if you plan to take many more chemistry courses at Georgia Tech as your high school courses may or may not have covered all of the topics we focus on in our sequences. Please also consider your high school lab experience.
This is most pertinent for students in the 1211K / 1212K sequence. To get an idea of the material covered, please see the table of contents for the textbook we use in these courses at this link.
3. Go directly to CHEM 1212K. As long as your AP/SAT II / IB scores have posted, you will be able to register for CHEM 1212K if you are in any of the following majors OR if you declared a pre-health interest when paying your deposit: biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemistry, materials science engineering, earth and atmospheric sciences, psychology, undeclared college of engineering, and undeclared college of sciences.
If your AP/IB/SAT II scores have not posted correctly by the time you register at FASET, then a member of our department will be on hand in the library registration cluster to issue a permit for you. Please bring a copy of your scores.
4. You have the option to take a placement examination to be given on the Sunday before classes start for the fall semester from 7:00--9:00pm. You will receive an email with details if you are eligible and sent your scores to Georgia Tech. All students who wish to take the exam must register by the Friday prior to classes starting at noon. You may register for the exam at https://www.chemistry.gatech.edu/chem-placement-exam-registration
We strongly suggest that you register for CHEM 1212K during FASET if you need credit for it, even if you plan to take the exam. We cannot guarantee that seats will be open during Phase II registration, so it is best to go ahead and register. However, you do NOT have to be registered for CHEM 1212K to take the exam.
The exam will also be offered on the first Monday of the spring semester — it is your responsibility to register at https://www.chemistry.gatech.edu/chem-placement-exam-registration in December if you'd like to take the January exam. If you pass the examination (a percent score has not and will not be determined prior to the examination), you will receive credit for CHEM 1212K on your transcript. You will then be eligible to drop CHEM 1212K and register for CHEM 2311 (organic chemistry I), if you wish.
You will be notified whether you passed the exam no later than noon on the Wednesday of the first week of classes. Your Phase II registration time ticket will be open until 4pm on the Friday of the first week of classes, so you will have adequate time to make changes to your schedule, if you are eligible and desire to proceed to CHEM 2311. Please see Oscar for seat availability in CHEM 2311, you may wish to plan your fall schedule accordingly.
This is a two-hour, multiple choice exam covering the material described on the CHEM 1212K course page.
You may use a standard scientific calculator (programmable calculators are not permitted —this includes TI-8x graphing calculators).
This exam is ONLY for students who earned a 5 on the AP exam, a 7 on the IB high level exam, or 730 or above on the SAT II chemistry exam. We will verify the scores of those who register with the Office of the Registrar.