The main concepts that are covered in the General Chemistry examination are: atomic and molecular structure; bonding and dipole theory; electrodynamic properties; and nuclear bonding. Specific topics covered are: thermodynamics; electrochemical and ionic bonding; solid state bonding; and the study of molecular dynamics. In addition to these concepts, students are expected to be able to apply them to their daily laboratory activities.
The test that students take for the General Chemistry examination consists of two parts. In the first part, students take a quiz on the basic concepts. In the second part of the test, students are asked to solve real-life chemistry problems. These problems usually include the use of laboratory equipment, or laboratory simulations, so students can practice solving real-life laboratory problems and getting familiar with lab procedures. This is important as some problems will be more difficult than others, depending upon the area of study that students choose to focus on.
The General Chemistry exam is taken twice, once at the beginning of a two-year college course and once after graduation. At the end of the exam, students will receive an average grade for the test. The average grade will determine which of the four sections of the exam they must successfully pass, and this will be determined based on how well they have learned the material. In addition, the grade will also determine which student gets an entry into the National Laboratory’s Honors Program.
It is important for students who are taking the General Chemistry test to know what they need to do in order to prepare for it. They should spend time doing research about the topics, especially the topics that are included in the second section, and the topics that they will need to know to pass the first section. The information should include things such as how to solve problems using a laboratory lab calculator, what types of lab equipment to use, how to properly label test kits and equipment, how to perform proper laboratory procedures and calculations, how to interpret lab data, and lab tables, how to prepare and present the test results, and the basics of laboratory procedures and how to make lab reports.
Students are also expected to be fully aware of the process by which they will be testing for their General Chemistry exam, both the process of taking the test itself and the process of doing the laboratory work. The test can be made easier by taking practice tests, but they may find this difficult if they have never taken this type of test before.
Students should plan on spending at least ten hours of lab work during the semester in which they are taking the test. However, some students find it helpful to do more. Some students, especially those who are taking the test as a prelude to a lab course may find that it is difficult to study in the lab, but others find it helpful to get an instructor’s assistance, if possible.
Those who are unsure about the lab work should discuss this with an instructor or a department chairperson, and ask for help with labwork and laboratory procedures. Those who are planning to take the test but who are unsure about the lab work should take a refresher course to ensure that they know how to test well.