Emory College Chemistry Preparation (ECCP)

Emory College Chemistry Prep is available between June and August each year and counts for 3% of a student's total grade in CHEM 150: Structure and Properties. The test is mandatory for all students enrolled in CHEM 150 and the Department of Chemistry strongly recommends that interested students complete the ECCP well in advance of their arrival on campus. The ECCP will walk students through the chemistry necessary for success in CHEM 150 and assign students work to fill in knowledge gaps. Therefore, it is required that all students acheive 100% on the ECCP to receive the full 3% towards their CHEM 150 grade.

Deadline for ECCP Fall 2017: August 31st at 11:59pm

Tips for Suceeding with ECCP:

  • The initial ECCP will only take 60-90 minutes, but working through assigned material to fill in any gaps will take longer. Start at least three weeks before the start of classes. 
  • ALEKS, the artifical intelligence-based teaching tool behind the ECCP, will only teach you information that meets the following criteria: you don't already know how to do it AND you are ready to learn it based on what you know already. Do the ECCP carefully and honestly (no guessing!) so that ALEKS will present you with the material you need.
  • Never click the "I don't know" button unless you truly have no idea how to approach a problem. Otherwise, ALEKS might make you review information you don't need.
  • Everyone's path through the ECCP will be different. ALEKS will tell you what you need to learn, if anything, and help you track your progress in the pie chart learning mode. When you complete the ECCP focus on what you need to know and don't worry about your classmates. Completing any portion of the ECCP with outside help or completing any portion of the ECCP for someone else is a violation of the Emory Honor Code.

Why do I have to take the ECCP?

We want you to succeed in CHEM 150. CHEM 150 is taught at a fast pace and the instructors will assume that all students have a good background in mathematics and some fundamentals of chemistry. It is necessary for you to take the test to ensure that your math and chemistry backgrounds are strong enough for you to succeed in CHEM 150. Completion of the ALEKS assessment with mastery of 100% of the topics in the ECCP earns you 3% of your course grade.  The instructors have gathered data correlating specific skill levels with CHEM 150 performance. We want you to succeed!

It may be necessary for you to study and learn some new material before you begin CHEM 150. Students come to college chemistry with a variety of backgrounds and levels of preparation. The ECCP will not only assess where you are but will tutor you in those areas you need to be successful in CHEM 150.

What does the ECCP cover?

  • Math and Algebra
  • Measurement -- SI Units, unit conversions, dimensional analysis
  • Matter -- mass, volume, density, atomic theory, the elements
  • Atoms, Ions, and Molecules -- atomic structure, molecular and ionic compounds
  • Stoichiometry -- moles, molar mass, equations, reaction and solution stoichiometry

What does my score need to be in order to earn the full 3% of my CHEM 150 grade?

100%! After you take the initial assessment, you will see a pie graph of your achievement. Look below the pie and see how many topics you've mastered over the total number possible. If your mastery is 100%, you have earned the 3% towards your CHEM 150 grade. Otherwise, you will want to follow the onscreen directions to work in the ALEKS pie and learn the things you need to learn to earn 100%.

What happens if I do not achieve 100% or if I do not take the ECCP?

You will not earn the 3% and you will start CHEM 150 with a maximum percentage of 97.0%. Losing this 3% could make a difference of a +/- letter grade on your final grade, which translates to about 0.33 points on your GPA for the course.

Where can I find the ECCP?

The ECCP is available online at www.aleks.com.

What if I have a problem with the software while I am using it?

ALEKS provides excellent support for their software. See http://support.aleks.com. No one in the department of chemistry at Emory can provide you with competent technical support for ALEKS. Please do not write to faculty or technical support people at Emory with ALEKS questions.

When should I take the ECCP?

You should take the ECCP as early as you can before the start of the semester. We know from our students' use of ALEKS in the past, the more a student practices in ALEKS, the more prepared they are to begin CHEM 150 and the more likely they are to earn a higher grade by the end of the semester.

How much does the ECCP cost?

It's FREE for Emory students.

What if I am going to take CHEM 202z, use my AP/IB credit for CHEM 150, or am planning to take CHEM 150 next year?

The ECCP is only required for students taking CHEM 150 during the current academic year.  If you will be taking CHEM 221z, using your AP credit for CHEM 150, or are planning on taking CHEM 150 next year you do not need to take the ECCP at this time.

What if I have more questions?

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