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Chemistry 1A/1E Diagnostic Exam Alternatives

Due to COVID-19 restricted campus access, THE CHEMISTRY DIAGNOSTIC TEST is NOT currently being offered. We are currently offering students an online self-study review and assessment program CHEMISTRY ALEKS REVIEW AND ASSESSMENT (CARA) in place of the Chemistry Diagnostic Test.

This information is also available on the Chemistry Department web page https://www.csus.edu/college/natural-sciences-mathematics/chemistry/.

Questions can be directed to the Chair Dr. Susan Crawford crawford@csus.edu or Assistant Chair Dr. Roy Dixon rdixon@csus.edu.

CHEM 1A/CHEM1E CARA Eligibility Survey

Students can meet the chemistry prerequisite for CHEM 1A/CHEM 1E in one of the following ways:

  • Passing CHEM 4 or CHEM 6A with a grade of C or better. Equivalent courses taken at a different university may qualify but must be approved by the chemistry department chair.
  • Completed the summer CHEM ALEKS course with 85% of the topics completed.
  • Repeating CHEM 1A /CHEM 1E. Equivalent courses from other colleges may qualify but must be approved by the chemistry department chair.
  • Having a Chemistry Diagnostic Score of 35 or higher. All previous CDT scores will be accepted at this time.
  • Having completed high school chemistry AND 85% of the topics successfully in CARA.
  • Having obtained D to a C- in CHEM 4 or CHEM 6A AND completing 85% or the topics successfully in CARA.
  • Score of a 2 or higher on the Chemistry Advanced Placement exam

Students seeking to enroll in CHEM 1A and CHEM 1E must also meet a math prerequisite.

Math Prerequisite for CHEM 1A:

  • A Math ALEKS PPL Score of 61 or higher
  • Successful completion of Math 12 or the equivalent
  • Current enrollment in Math 26A, Math 29 or a higher level math course.
  • Score of a 3 or higher on AB or BC Calculus Advanced Placement Test
  • Demonstrated ability to enroll in Math 26A or Math 29

Math Prerequisite for CHEM 1E:

  • A Math ALEKS PPL score of 76 or higher
  • Successful completion of Math 29 or equivalent course.
  • Enrollment in a math course level of Math 30 or higher.
  • Score of a 3 or higher on AB or BC Calculus Advanced Placement Test

Students who have met the math requirement and who are currently enrolled in spring CARA will be permitted to enroll in CHEM 1A/CHEM 1E. However, students failing to complete 85% of the CARA topic by August 22nd at 11:59pm will be administratively dropped from CHEM 1A /CHEM 1E on August 23rd 2021. Students seeking to enroll in spring CARA can fill out a request survey below.

Students who have met the math requirement and have completed CARA by May 24nd at 11:59pm can qualify to enroll in summer CHEM 1A.

ALEKS Chemistry Preparation Program

The ALEKS CHEMISTRY PREPARATION PROGRAM is an online program that assesses an individual student’s understanding of the topics needed to be successful in CHEM 1A or CHEM 1E. Based on this initial assessment, the artificial intelligence program compiles individualized tutorial content for each student that will guide them independently through the specific topics they personally need to master before enrolling in CHEM 1A or CHEM 1E. Students do not perform tutorial work on topics they already understand well. The topics cover areas of math, problem solving, units, graphing, basic physics and basic chemistry. The time required to complete the ALEKS program can vary significantly depending on the knowledge level an individual student possesses entering the ALEKS program. Most students will complete the program within 40 hours. Students entering with a strong math and chemistry background will complete the program in significantly less time. In order to be eligible for enrollment in CHEM 1A or CHEM 1E, a student must master 85% of the topics covered by the program. Students must have access to a computer with internet access.