Qualifier Examinations

About the Qualifier Examinations

Incoming graduate students are required to take four qualifier exams in the areas of Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry.

The appropriate “ACS Standardized Test” is used in each discipline.

Many versions of the tests have been published over the years, and the tests administered may vary. For information about the ACS Standardized Tests, please visit the ACS Exams website. All divisions requires a 70% to pass.

How to Prepare for qualifier Examinations

Dr. Jeff Winiarz: “When I took the placement exams I studied extensively from my undergraduate text books and that worked well for me. I would recommend the same approach for any other student.”

Dr. Paul Nam: “To prepare for the qualifier, the incoming graduate students should review their undergraduate analytical chemistry textbooks (Quantitative Chemical Analysis by Daniel Harris, Analytical Chemistry by Douglas Skoog and Donald West, Analytical Chemistry by Gary Christian, etc.)”

Dr. Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis: “The students can prepare for this exam by reviewing the material from their undergraduate organic chemistry textbook (both semesters). Also, the student can purchase: Preparing for Your ACS Examination in Organic Chemistry: The Official Guide (commonly called the Organic Chemistry Study Guide).”