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EM (Proficiency Exam) Credit
If you are a current Ohio State undergraduate and interested in obtaining EM credit or testing out of a course in Chemistry, you must meet with one of the Chemistry advisors to determine your eligibility for the exam and to obtain a testing referral. A syllabus for the course is also available from the Chemistry advisors.
EM credit is not available for Chemistry 100 or for Chemistry courses at the 200 level and above. All exams are taken in the Ohio State University Testing Center in the Student Academic Services Building (614-292-2241; 585 Student Academic Services Building, 281 West Lane Ave).Who should you contact first about taking an EM Test in Chemistry?
All students who wish to test in chemistry must call the Chemistry Department at (614) 292-1204 or send an e-mail to obtain a referral from Mrs. Mary Bailey (email@example.com ) or Dr. Shuh-Kuen (Mike) Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org) before a chemistry test can be scheduled.What are the criteria required to qualify for taking EM Tests?
You must satisfy the prerequisite for the course, have a comparable college level chemistry lab experience, and not have a previous mark in the course (including a grade of W or R for audit).What are the courses in which EM Tests are available?
101 Elementary Chemistry (5)
An introductory course covering the fundamental principles of chemistry. Students must show proof of placement in Mathematics 116. Not open to students with credit for Chemistry 121 or H201. A 1-hour and 45-minute objective exam.
102 Elementary Chemistry (5)
Continuation of Chemistry 101; organic chemistry and biochemistry; a terminal course in chemistry for students requiring only two courses in chemistry. Students must have credit for Chemistry 101 or 121. A 1-hour and 45-minute objective exam.
121 General Chemistry (5)
A general course in fundamental chemical principles, including atomic theory, stoichiometry, electronic structure, bonding. Students must have had high school chemistry or the equivalent, and must show proof of placement in Mathematics 150. Not open to students with credit for Chemistry H201. A 1-hour and 45-minute objective exam.
- 122 General Chemistry (5) Continuation of Chemistry 121; states of matter, solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases. Students must have credit for Chemistry 121, or have a grade of A or A- in Chemistry 101 and must be eligible for Mathematics 150. Not open to students with credit for Chemistry 125 or H202. A 1-hour and 45-minute objective exam.
123 General Chemistry (5)
Continuation of Chemistry 122; aqueous equilibria and qualitative analysis, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry of non-metals and metals. Students must have credit for Chemistry 122 or 125. Not open to students with credit for Chemistry H203. A 1-hour and 45-minute objective exam.
125 Chemistry for Engineers (4)
Continuation of Chemistry 121 for engineering students; states of matter, solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 121 and must show proof of placement in Math 151. Not open to students with credit for Chemistry H202 or 122. A 1-hour and 45-minute objective exam.
- The test is similar to a final exam in the course, which is composed of 40-50 multiple choice questions, including laboratory questions.
- A periodic table will be provided if appropriate.
- You have 1 hour and 45 minutes to take the exam.
- On most of the Chemistry exams, a score of 67% or higher is required to receive credit.
- You have only one chance to take the test.
- You must bring your ID and a testing referral, which can be obtained in Room 100 Celeste Lab, 100 W. 18th Ave.
- In most cases, the Office of Testing will grade the test right after you take it and tell you the results immediately.
- There is an administration fee of $60.00 for each EM Test, payable to Ohio State during the online registration process.
- Only non-programmable calculators may be used during the EM Tests in the Chemistry series (except Chemistry 102, which does not require a calculator). Calculators may not be shared. Please see the calculator guide at http://undergrad-ed.chemistry.ohio-state.edu/calculators/.
- Students with disabilities should contact the Ohio State Office for Disability Services, (614) 292-3307, to make alternate arrangements for taking the EM Tests.