Practice Exams

To order a tutorial or practice exam, click here.  Bundles of our practice exams with our study guides is also available and offers a savings when purchased together.
We have two major types of products available, tutorial exams and practice exams:
  • Tutorial exams providing feedback throughout the test-taking process. 

Our newest product, these tutorial exams are designed to provide elaborative feedback as you take the test.  Following the submission of each answer to each question, you are shown if you are correct or incorrect with feedback about both your response and the correct process.

  • Practice exams replicating taking an ACS Exam. 

These practice exams are designed to help you practice taking a test in preparation for your standardized exam.  While you work through the questions on the test, you are also asked to respond with your mental effort for each question.

We have designed these tools to complement each other.  Many students find it useful to use the tutorial practice exam first, then study using the study guide and finish with practicing using the (traditional) practice exam.

More information and pricing are below.

Tutorial practice exams

Tutorial practice exam Stock code Introductory Cost* Description
General Chemistry, First-term GCFPT1 $10.00 Online general chemistry first-term tutorial practice exam with detailed feedback provided for each question (50 questions total)
Organic Chemistry, Full year ORPT1 $10.00 Online organic chemistry full year tutorial practice exam with detailed feedback provided for each question (50 questions total)

*Prices will increase on January 1, 2021.

Product Description

For each question, you will be first asked to click your answer (like you would on a typical ACS exam).  Following that, you will be provided with feedback for your answer.  If you are correct, you will be told this, but you will also be provided with the process to solve the question correctly (for you to compare to how you solve the problem).  If you are incorrect, you will also be told this, and you will be provided with where you might have had difficulties as well as how to solve the problem correctly.

Tutorial practice exam report

All of this will then be summarized for you in a report you will get when you finish and submit your practice exam.  This summary will include for each question:

  • The chapter and content from the ACS study guide
  • Your performance on the question
  • The chapter and question number from the study guide of items that are the same as this question
  • The chapter and question number from the study guide of items that are similar or use the same concept as this question

You will receive this report via email for your continued use as you study and prepare for your ACS exam.

 

Traditional practice exams

Practice exam Stock code Cost Description
General Chemistry, Full year GCPO $10.00 Online general chemistry practice exam with 50 questions similar to a traditional full-year general chemistry exam
General Chemistry, First-term GCFPO $10.00 Online general chemistry first term practice exam with 50 questions similar to a traditional first-term general chemistry exam
Organic Chemistry, Full year ORPO $10.00 Online organic chemistry practice exam with 50 questions similar to a traditional full-year organic chemistry exam
Analytical Chemistry ANPO $10.00 Online analytical chemistry practice exam with 50 questions similar to a traditional analytical exam
Product Description

The online practice exam is designed to provide more information than simply “how am I doing on this material?” After each question, you are asked to rate how much mental effort it took you to accomplish that last question. You rate this on a 5-point scale from not much at all to a large amount of effort.

The Examinations Institute developed this method using paper-and-pencil first and then moved it to an online environment. It is designed to compliment the use of the study guide which can be used in a more tutorial mode.   The key is that you need to approach the practice exam as if it were an actual exam – not trying to look up answers you don’t know right away, but rather practice answering the questions just like you would during the test itself.  In addition, you need to try to make your best judgement on how hard you think each item is.  Students who use the practice exam in this way reported it as quite helpful during our development of this new tool.

Practice exam report

Once you take your practice exam, you will receive a report providing you with a score in each category corresponding to the topic areas in the study guide.  In addition to this, you will also receive an average score of your mental effort corresponding to the same topic areas.  Together these can provide you a more comprehensive picture of your understanding and how you may want to target your further studies to prepare for your ACS exam.  With a final exam looming, many students find this extra information helps them organize where to invest their study time.