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08-07-2005 05:51 PM

Language/Placement Testing
 
Hey all, just wondering if anyone knows if we have to take a placement test for a language we would like to take, even if we aren't taking it this semester. Is there a placement test for Hebrew or Chinese?

On a separate note, does getting into Chem 6A vs. Chem 6 do anything special for one trying to get into med school--to they really look at an advanced class vs. a regular class from freshman year???

Any info would be helpful!!

Kevin P. Egan 08-07-2005 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Marla B. Rosenfeld
Hey all, just wondering if anyone knows if we have to take a placement test for a language we would like to take, even if we aren't taking it this semester. Is there a placement test for Hebrew or Chinese?

On a separate note, does getting into Chem 6A vs. Chem 6 do anything special for one trying to get into med school--to they really look at an advanced class vs. a regular class from freshman year???

Any info would be helpful!!

I dunno, but if you like a teacher who really likes chem, take 6a. You'll get Alan Rosan, and he has an unhealthy obcession w/ chem. In orgo, he'll read from a german guys diary, then ask if any of us know german, only to show the thought process of the guy who figured out the structure of benzene.

08-07-2005 09:44 PM

too obvious?
 
I mean, this is gonna sound stupid, but, if we're taking a completely new language, arabic in my case, we don't have to go through any placement, right? And do we have to take a test for the/a language(s) we've been taking in high school just to do a test?

thanks

cheers

08-08-2005 01:22 AM

Here's what I'm wondering...

I took German in high school my freshman and sophomore year- but quit after that because my school's german instructors were absolutely awful and the class was ruining my GPA.

Even in middle school I had bad german teachers so obviously I most likely haven't learned what normal high school german students should have learned. Thus I'll tell you right now that taking a placement test will be a laughable task for this german student as my score will most undoubtedly be unspeakably low.

Can I just skip that painful exam which will only show how little I retained and simply enter the german I course???

This is provided I can change my schedule. my parents made me sign up for Basic German III I think and tell you the truth- I'm extremely scared!

08-08-2005 02:13 AM

You can definately change your schedule. And I'd say, take the test anyway. It's pretty short. You might be pleasantly surprised, but at least you'll have something to tell your parents when they ask why you took german I.

and you'll be in the right class, too. that's always a bonus.

08-08-2005 12:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Zachary C. Kanfer
You can definately change your schedule. And I'd say, take the test anyway. It's pretty short. You might be pleasantly surprised, but at least you'll have something to tell your parents when they ask why you took german I.

and you'll be in the right class, too. that's always a bonus.

Wow, I never even considered the consequences of what my <i>Parents</i> would say upon noticing the German I thing. Hrm... Well I still maintain that they would rather me be enrolled in a class where I can be somewhat challenged and perform well then a class where I'm overly challenged and perform poorly. (Trust me, I do NOT need a high school german repeat.) Thanks for the advice Zachary.

08-08-2005 03:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marla B. Rosenfeld
Hey all, just wondering if anyone knows if we have to take a placement test for a language we would like to take, even if we aren't taking it this semester. Is there a placement test for Hebrew or Chinese?

On a separate note, does getting into Chem 6A vs. Chem 6 do anything special for one trying to get into med school--to they really look at an advanced class vs. a regular class from freshman year???

Any info would be helpful!!


Marla,

Yes, even if you arent taking it this semester, you should take the placement exam if you think you might be taking the language later. As for the Chem 6 vs 6a, for medical school it really shouldnt matter. The difference comes in the fact that chem 6a is a much smaller class, and they dont review as much of the basic material.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kevin P. Egan
I dunno, but if you like a teacher who really likes chem, take 6a. You'll get Alan Rosan, and he has an unhealthy obcession w/ chem. In orgo, he'll read from a german guys diary, then ask if any of us know german, only to show the thought process of the guy who figured out the structure of benzene.


Kevin, the registrar's website says Dr. Pearsall is teaching it. Has that been changed?

08-08-2005 03:20 PM

how long are the tests?

08-08-2005 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marla B. Rosenfeld
Hey all, just wondering if anyone knows if we have to take a placement test for a language we would like to take, even if we aren't taking it this semester. Is there a placement test for Hebrew or Chinese?

On a separate note, does getting into Chem 6A vs. Chem 6 do anything special for one trying to get into med school--to they really look at an advanced class vs. a regular class from freshman year???

Any info would be helpful!!


Oh, forgot to address the Hebrew and Chinese thing. There is no test for Hebrew, but Akiva Roth would be able to do an assesment on an individual basis. There is one for Chinese.

08-08-2005 03:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Keith P. Kovatch
how long are the tests?


Not too long. It varies by test, but I don't believe any are longer than half an hour.


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