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Student Study Materials

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Students who are going to be taking an ACS Exams Institute exam have study materials available in some areas. The Institute is always working to expand this array of study materials. Right now, there are two printed study guides, with a third to be published in Fall 2009. We are also working on a new form of practice test for students.

Printed Study Guides

Preparing for Your ACS Examination in General Chemistry: The Official Guide

(commonly called the General Chemistry Study Guide)

This guide includes 113 pages of information in essentially three categories. First, there is a brief explanation of content in general chemistry. Second, there are example exam items where the question and answers are analyzed (so you can see not only why the correct answer is correct, but also how the other incorrect answers – called distractors – are devised for a multiple-choice item). Finally, there are practice questions for each section.

Content is derived from both semesters of General Chemistry and includes:

Preparing for Your ACS Examination in Organic Chemistry: The Official Guide

(commonly called the Organic Chemistry Study Guide)

This guide includes 164 pages of information in essentially three categories. First, there is a brief explanation of content in organic chemistry. Second, there are example exam items where the question and answers are analyzed (so you can see not only why the correct answer is correct, but also how the other incorrect answers – called distractors – are devised for a multiple-choice item). Finally, there are practice questions for each section.

Content is derived from both semesters of Organic Chemistry and includes:

Preparing for Your ACS Examination in Physical Chemistry: The Official Guide

(commonly called the Physical Chemistry Study Guide)

This guide includes 126 pages of information in essentially three categories. First, there is a brief explanation of content in physical chemistry. Second, there are example exam items where the question and answers are analyzed (so you can see not only why the correct answer is correct, but also how the other incorrect answers – called distractors – are devised for a multiple-choice item). Finally, there are practice questions for each section.

Content is derived from all areas of Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics, Quantum Mechanics and Dynamics) and includes:

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The Exams Institute on-line practice exam – click here.