General Chemistry Placement Diagnostic
It is very important for all students planning to enroll in a chemistry course at Skidmore to fill out the following information and complete the Chemistry Diagnostic.
Purpose: Skidmore offers two pathways through the first–year chemistry curriculum. The Chemistry Department has developed the following online diagnostic to place you into one of these course sequences. Based on your diagnostic score and previous chemistry experience, you will be allowed to register for either Foundations of Chemistry (CH 115) or Principles of Chemistry (CH 125). Students who successfully complete CH 115 will be eligible to register for CH 125 in any subsequent semester.
Preparation: Please DO NOT study or review before taking the Diagnostic. It is very important that you be accurately placed into the correct course based on your knowledge and previous experience with chemistry, NOT your ability to study for the diagnostic. You are also NOT allowed to use any outside sources, such as your high school textbook, notes, or any electronic resources other than the periodic table provided in the diagnostic window.
Be sure to have a calculator and scratch paper available before you begin the diagnostic.
Time: You will have 45 minutes to complete your answers once you log in and click the “Begin Diagnostic” button. It is not possible to pause or re–start the diagnostic once you begin; therefore, please plan ahead so that you can complete it in one 45–minute sitting. It may be helpful to choose a location where you will not be interrupted. If you have been given extended time to complete diagnostics in the past because of a documented learning disability, please contact the department chair.
Questions: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Sheppard, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 518–580–5135).
Logging In: Enter your Skidmore username and password below and click the “Login” button to proceed to the landing page, where you will receive additional instructions before beginning the diagnostic. Good luck!