The purpose of the Chemistry Readiness Exam is to determine if you have a good understanding of the basics of general chemistry. Topics that could be covered on the exam are aligned well with the AP course curriculum, which can be viewed at the link by clicking "expand all" in "course content." There is more focus on the first 2/3 of the material, though some material from later in the curriculum may appear.
Topics of particular emphasis are:
- High school algebra
- Operations involving significant digits
- Unit conversions
- Balancing chemical equations
- Stoichiometry, including limiting reagents
- Dilutions, concentrations, and mixtures
- Ideal gas law
- Atomic and molecular structure
- Patterns of atomic properties in the periodic table
- Chemical equilibria
Resources for study
There are a number of resources for studying general chemistry that you may choose to use before taking the exam. Most resources one can find online covering general chemistry will be appropriate. Some examples:
- Any AP-level high school textbook or introductory college textbook will cover all of the material on the exam: One such free textbook is the OpenStax Chemistry Textbook.
- Khan Academy Chemistry (free) provides a series of online lecture, tutorials, and examples more than covering the topics on the exam.
- ALEKS Chemistry ($20 per month) is an online learning platform with several different learning modules.
- A number of colleges provide online and free general chemistry courses. These will go beyond what is needed for exam (and will cover most of the topics in CHEN 1211 or CHEN 1201/1203):