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.

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:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Molecular Structure and Bonding
  • Stoichiometry
  • States of Matter / Solutions
  • Energetics
  • Dynamics
  • Equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry / Redox
  • Descriptive Chemistry / Periodicity
  • Laboratory Chemistry

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:

  • Nomenclature
  • Structure, Hybridization, Resonance, Aromaticity
  • Acids and Bases
  • Stereoisomerism
  • Nucleophilic Substitutions and Eliminations
  • Electrophilic Additions
  • Nucleophilic Addition at Carbonyl Groups
  • Nucleophilic Substitution at Carbonyl Groups
  • Enols and Enolate Ion Reactions
  • Electrophilic and Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution
  • Free Radical Substitutions and Additions
  • Oxidations and Reductions
  • Spectroscopy
  • Synthesis and Analysis

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:

  • Thermo - Equations of State
  • Thermo - Laws of Thermodynamics and State Functions
  • Thermo - Mathematical Relationships in Thermodynamics
  • Thermo - Chemical and Phase Equilibria
  • Dynamics - Kinetic Molecular Theory
  • Dynamics - Transport Properties
  • Dynamics - Phenomenological Kinetics
  • Dynamics - Mechanisms
  • Dynamics - Reaction Dynamics
  • Dynamics - Statistical Mechanics
  • Quantum - Quantum Chemistry: History and Concepts
  • Quantum - Simple Analytical Quantum Mechanical Systems
  • Quantum - Modern Quantum Mechanical Problems: Atomic System
  • Quantum - Symmetry
  • Quantum - Molecular Orbital Theory
  • Quantum - Spectral Properties
  • Quantum - Advanced Topics: Electronic Structure Theory and Spectroscopy

In development...

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