FAQs for New Freshmen

Do I have to take the Chemistry placement exam?

You do not need to take the placement exam if:

  • You have taken the AP Chemistry exam before Spring 2012 and received a 4 or higher
  • You have taken the AP Chemistry exam in Spring 2012 or after and received a 5

You should take the Chemistry placement exam if:

  • You have NOT received a 4 or higher on the AP Chemistry exam taken before Spring 2012 or
  • You have NOT received a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam taken Spring 2012 or after or
  • You have NOT taken any general chemistry at a community college
    AND
  • You are required to take Chemistry for your major or GE requirements
The results will place you into one of the following courses: CHEM 4, CHEM 6A, or CHEM 6AH. The placement exam serves as a guide, and you are not required to follow the recommended placement.

The sooner you take the placement exam, the sooner your College can recommend a chemistry class for you to take in the Fall.

If you have any other policy questions, please look at:

http://newstudent.ucsd.edu

You can take the Chemistry Placement exam here.

What UCSD Student Accounts do I need to take the Chemistry placement exam?


All students will need their Student Single SignON (SSO) account. Access to the placement exam authenticates with the Student Sign On credentials.


Students connecting from home must first establish a VPN to UCSD and will also need their Student Active Directory (AD) account. Access to the UCSD VPN server authenticates with the Active Directory (AD) credentials.

Your AD username is usually the first part of your UCSD e-mail address, before the @ symbol. If you forgot your password, you can reset it at password.ucsd.edu

Learn how to build a VPN to UCSD at: Virtual Private Networks (VPN) at UCSD


If your UCSD Student Accounts are NOT working, the folks at the ACMS HelpDesk can help you. They can also answer your VPN questions.  The contact info for the ACMS HelpDesk is:

ACMS HelpDesk 
Phone: (858) 534-2267 
Email: acshelp@ucsd.edu 

If you have policy questions, please look at:

http://newstudent.ucsd.edu

If I get placed into CHEM 4, will I be behind in my 4-year plan?

Most generic four-year plans state that you should be taking CHEM 6A in your first quarter. However, if you are placed into CHEM 4, you may have insufficient preparation to start CHEM 6A and should consider starting off with basic chemistry.  There are ways to "catch up" so that you stay on track for graduation, such as taking CHEM 6C during Summer Session after your first year.
If you do not find the answers to your questions here, please feel free to contact us at 858-534-4856 or chemadvising@ucsd.edu.  If your questions are regarding the New Student Site, please contact your College.