Ten cumulative examinations are offered each year. The student must pass five cumulative examinations by the end of the fourth semester, or five exams in twenty chances. If you miss an exam, that still counts as one chance. Specific dates will be announced at the beginning of each academic year. Generally, cumulative examinations are given once each month on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in LD 326T. (No exams are given in the summer session.)

Cumulative exams are designed to address students’ critical thinking skills, depth of knowledge, and active learning via reading and comprehension of selected literature and related concepts. Performance on the exams provides points of reference for assessing satisfactory progress in the program.

Each exam booklet contains exam questions from each of the five traditional areas of chemistry. Students may select any of the five area exams, and may take more than one exam in a sitting.

You can find previous copies of cumulative examinations that were given by Purdue at http://www.chem.purdue.edu/Exams/default.htm.