Placement info for advisors—spring 2020
All new entering students, including transfer students, regardless of prior college chemistry credit at the 100 level, must take this exam in order to enroll in C105. Continuing students without C101 (or equivalent) credit are also required to take the exam in order to enroll in the general chemistry course C105. Continuing students with C101 credit (with a grade of C or higher) within the past three years are not required to take the chemistry placement exam (CPE).
What are the prerequisites for CHEM-C 105?
The minimum prerequisites for enrollment in C105 are one year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra. If these prerequisites have not been met by the student, then the student must enroll in CHEM-C 101. The widely available course Integrated Chemistry and Physics (ICP) does not meet the requirement for one year of high school chemistry. Credit earned by completion of an IU CHEM-C 101 (or higher level) course with a grade of C or better meets the chemistry prerequisite requirement.
What are the scores needed to enroll in the chemistry options?
The placement process involves achieving qualifying scores both on the CPE and the math placement exam (MPE) based on ALEKS and SAT/ACT math scores.
- Recommended to CHEM-C 105: A CPE score of 20 or higher and an ALEKS MPE score of 62 or higher with an SAT/ACT score of 520/19.
- Student’s advisor conditional placement: Only one score meets the CPE/MPE targets in #1, and the other score does not meet the target score in #1. If either the CPE score is 17 to 19 OR the ALEKS MPE score is 40 to 62, enrollment in C105 will be permitted with the approval of the student’s advisor. The advisor should consider performance in the prerequisite courses stated above and the likelihood of success based on recent academic data.
- Chemistry advisor conditional placement: Neither score meets the CPE/MPE targets in #1. If the CPE score is 17 to 19 AND the ALEKS MPE score is 40 to 62, enrollment in C105 will be permitted with the approval of both the student’s advisor and the chemistry department advisor. This has a low probability of the student being successful.
- Required enrollment in CHEM-C 101: If the CPE score is 16 or lower AND the ALEKS MPE score is 40 or higher, the student will enroll in CHEM-C 101.
If the ALEKS MPE score is lower than 40 regardless of the CPE score, the student should take the appropriate math course(s) prior to enrollment in either C101 or C105.