Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 018: Chemistry

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time 2 hours 30 minutes*
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I Reflecting On and Constructing Scientific Knowledge 001–005 25%
II Using Inorganic Chemistry 006–012 32%
III Using Physical Chemistry 013–018 27%
IV Using Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 019–022 16%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—REFLECTING ON AND CONSTRUCTING SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE

Objective 001—Understand the principles and procedures of scientific inquiry.

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Objective 002—Apply knowledge of methods and equipment used in scientific investigations.

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Objective 003—Understand the nature of scientific thought, inquiry, and history.

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Objective 004—Understand the relationship of chemistry to contemporary, historical, technological, and societal issues.

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Objective 005—Understand interrelationships among the physical, life, and earth/space sciences and their connections to mathematics and technology.

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Subarea II—USING INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Objective 006—Apply the rules of chemical nomenclature and notation.

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Objective 007—Understand atomic and molecular structure and bonding.

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Objective 008—Apply the mole concept and the principles and methods of stoichiometry.

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Objective 009—Apply knowledge of chemical equilibrium and reaction rates.

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Objective 010—Understand the principles and applications of acid-base chemistry.

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Objective 011—Understand the principles and applications of electrochemistry.

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Objective 012—Understand qualitative analysis.

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Subarea III—USING PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

Objective 013—Understand chemical thermodynamics and thermochemistry.

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Objective 014—Apply methods for measuring the physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases.

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Objective 015—Apply knowledge of the kinetic molecular theory to the states of matter, phase changes, and the gas laws.

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Objective 016—Understand characteristics and properties of solutions.

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Objective 017—Understand quantum mechanics.

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Objective 018—Understand the basic principles and methods of spectroscopy.

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Subarea IV—USING ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

Objective 019—Understand the structure and nomenclature of organic compounds.

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Objective 020—Understand organic reactions of major functional groups.

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Objective 021—Understand the structure and function of biomolecules.

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Objective 022—Understand biochemical reactions and processes.

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