FAQs for New Freshmen

Undergraduate: AP, IB and A-Level Credit in Chemistry

Students who have qualifying Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or A-Level exam scores in Chemistry may receive credit for one or more UCSD Chemistry courses used for their major. In order to receive any course exemptions student must first send their official test scores to the UCSD Office of Admissions. After test scores are received it takes approximately 8 weeks for the courses to be added to the student's UCSD record.

If you took the Chemistry Advanced Placement Exam (AP):

Spring 2012 or after:
Score 5 = credit for CHEM 6A, 6B, 6C; may take CHEM 6AH, 6BH, 6CH for credit
Score 4 = credit for CHEM 4, may take CHEM 6A or 6AH
Score 3 = credit for CHEM 4, may take CHEM 6A or 6AH
Prior to Spring 2012:
Score 5 = credit for CHEM 6A, 6B, 6C; may take CHEM 6AH, 6BH, 6CH for credit
Score 4 = credit for CHEM 6A or 11, may take CHEM 6B or 6AH
Score 3 = credit for CHEM 4, may take CHEM 6A or 6AH
We do not offer credit for CHEM 7L (General Chemistry Laboratory) based on AP Exam Scores.
For other AP exam and unit credits please see: http://www.ucsd.edu/catalog/pdf/APC-chart.pdf

If you took the Chemistry International Baccalaureate Exam (IB):

Score of 7= credit for 6A, 6B, 6C; may take CHEM 6AH, 6BH, 6CH for credit
Score of 6 = credit for Chem 6A and 6C.
Score of 5 = credit for Chem 6A.
We do not offer credit for CHEM 7L (General Chemistry Laboratory) based on IB Exam Scores.
For other IB exam and unit credits please see: http://ucsd.edu/catalog/pdf/IBC-chart.pdf


If you took the Chemistry A-Level Exam:

Grade of A= credit for CHEM 6A, 6B, 6C; may take CHEM 6AH, 6BH, 6CH for credit  
Grade of B= credit for CHEM 4 only  
Grade of C= credit for CHEM 4
We do not offer credit for CHEM 7L (General Chemistry Laboratory) based on A-Level Exam Scores.

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 have taken the A-Level exam and received an A grade
  • You have taken the IB exam and received a 6.

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.