Students who do not have a minimum of 70% in Ontario grade 12 chemistry or equivalent may write an assessment test in order to see if their background in chemistry is sufficiently strong to succeed in CHEM 1P91/1P92 . The test takes approximately 90 minutes to write. There is no cost for writing the test. Students must achieve 70% or higher on the assessment test in order to be admitted into CHEM 1P91/1P92 , if they do not have a minimum of 70% in Ontario grade 12 chemistry.
Assessment Test Schedule (2019)
- Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 5:00-6:30pm in CRN 412
Students wishing to write the assessment test should:
- Email Professor Martin Lemaire (email@example.com) to reserve a slot for one of the above days, and
- Come to the Cairns Health and Bioscience Complex, a few minutes prior to the starting time listed. Prof. Gordon will meet students at the elevators on the ground floor and take them to the room in which the test will be written.
Please bring a scientific calculator. A periodic table will be provided. Students who pass the assessment test with 70% or above will be allowed to register in CHEM 1P91/1P92 .
First year chemistry topics covered
- A. Basic math
- solving linear and quadratic equations
- significant figures
- calculator skills
- units and dimensional analysis (factor-label method)
- B. Periodic table
- names and symbols of common elements
- atomic structure
- electronic configuration and valence electrons
- periodic properties
- C. Chemical compounds
- states of matter and their properties
- formulas of compounds
- ionic versus covalent bonding
- electron-dot structures and molecular shapes
- D. Chemical reactions
- acids and bases
- reaction types
- balancing equations
- E. Chemical calculations
- formula weights, % composition, empirical formula
- calculations with balanced equations: use of moles
- solution concentrations: molarity
The questions given in the sections below are representative of the kinds of questions that appear on the assessment test to determine if students have sufficient Chemistry to succeed in CHEM 1P91/1P92 . Actual questions on the exam each year will vary.
The best way to study for this exam is to use your Chemistry textbook or a Chemistry Study Guide and work the problems/answer questions at the end of each chapter in the textbook you have chosen. You cannot learn how to do chemistry by looking at the answers someone else has provided!
Pay special attention to definitions and concepts. If you don’t know what the words mean, you can’t work the problem!
Questions on the Equivalency Exam are not equally weighted. Some are more complex than others, and the marks on each question reflect this.