Module 3-1: Do I Need Placement Exams?


Aloha! Welcome to your online College of Natural
Sciences Orientation. This Orientation was designed just for students
who will be entering the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. So we’re asking a big question here: Do
YOU need Placement Exams? And the answer to that is… it depends. So you’ve got to stick around to find out
if you do or do not. First, we need to know whether or not your
major would require you to take Chemistry or Calculus. Most College of Natural Sciences majors require
both, but not all of them do. To find out what your major requires, visit
the Student Academic Success Center website. It’s located at www.hawaii.edu/natsci/advising The link can also be found in the video description. Next, you’ll go to Students and Alumni → Incoming
Students → Placement Exams. This webpage has a section called “Which
Exams Do I Need? Which Courses Are Recommended?” This section specifically lists the recommended
courses to place into, if you need to take the Chemistry or Mathematics Placement Exams. If your major doesn’t list a Chemistry course,
then you do not need to take the Chemistry Placement Exam. Likewise, the same goes for Calculus and the
Mathematics placement exam. If you have any questions about this webpage,
you can address them with your academic advisor after completing this orientation. Now that you know which subjects you need,
the next thing you need to ask yourself is: Have I earned any college level chemistry
or mathematics credits? I can’t stress the importance of this enough. If you’ve just finished your AP Chemistry
or Calculus exam this year, and you’re waiting for your scores, you HAVE NOT earned any credits
yet. So that does not count. Your scores won’t be released until around
July, and by July you really should be registered for classes by then. So for the sake of ensuring that you have
a Chemistry and Math class to take, we are not going to consider your AP or IB scores unless you have already earned credits with them at this point in time. Once your scores are released, later on in the future, we can adjust your registration at that time. So, how could you have earned credits otherwise? Maybe you took dual enrollment credits, or
you took some classes at a local community college or university. Or if you are a transfer student, maybe you just
took those classes before you transferred. We’ll have to check to make sure that these
earned credits are reflected on your student record. Now, if you have not completed the Module
2 video yet, you will need to pause this video and head back to Module 2 before you proceed. You can go ahead We’ll wait. Alright, so you’re caught up, and you watched the
Module 2 video. That means that you know how to pull up your
transfer transcripts. So let’s do that right now. We’re going to read your transfer transcript
to determine whether you need to take the placement exam or not. We’re going to start by checking for Chemistry. Look at your transfer transcript for any of
the following courses on the Manoa side of the transcript: CHEM 131, 151, 161. If you can find one of these courses, and
you earned at least a “C” or higher in the course that transferred as this course, then you do not need to take the Chemistry placement exam. Instead, you will take the next course in
the sequence, if it’s required for your major. The order of courses at Manoa goes like this: CHEM 131, CHEM 161, CHEM 162, CHEM 272, CHEM 273, and etc. If you are beyond CHEM 273, and you need to continue
in the Chemistry sequence for your major, please meet with your academic advisor to
discuss which courses are ideal for you to take next. Now let’s move on to Mathematics. Look at your transfer transcript for any of
the following courses on the Manoa side of the transcript: MATH 134, MATH 140, MATH 215, MATH 241, MATH 251A. If you can find one of these courses, and
you earned at least a “C” or higher in the course that transferred as this course, then you do not need to take the Mathematics placement exam. Instead, you will take the next course in
the sequence. The order of courses at Manoa goes like this: MATH 134, 140, Calculus I, Calculus II, etc. Whether you take MATH 215 or 241 for your
Calculus I requirement will depend on your major, so please speak with your academic
advisor if you have questions about this. If you are beyond Calculus II, and need to
continue in higher Mathematics sequence for your major, please meet with your academic
advisor to discuss which courses are ideal for you to take next. So what if you didn’t find the courses listed
for Chemistry or Mathematics? Well, then that means that you will need to take
the corresponding placement exam. We will continue to discuss placement exams
more in-depth in the next module, so please watch module 3-2 if you find that you do need
to take the Chemistry or Mathematics placement exams. But first, before you move on to the next
module, it’s time for your mini quiz.

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