The Basic Unit includes: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Geochemistry. The school will require that students have all of these modules before the first unit, though some of them are only required for the Biochemistry module. Students must take the course at least once, though they can take it at less than one semester if they have taken it and wish to take the Exam in less time.
After they have all of the required modules, they can take the Basic Unit. The test is timed, and typically students who get scores of 600 or higher passes with flying colors. Students with scores below that score may be called into a meeting with the AP Departmental Manager and required to retake the exam in order to get all of the credits they missed out on, if they want to do so. A student who has taken the AP Chemistry Exam twice and has failed each time must retake the Exam at least once, though they may choose to go back for an interval of up to four months before retaking it again.
Once students have taken the Basic Unit, they must then take the more difficult Unit, which is: Organic Chemistry. This is the most difficult of the AP Calculus Exams, but it is also the one that students are more likely to get a passing score on.
The first unit, Organic Chemistry, contains the following: Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Organic Substances, Principles of Organic Chemistry, Chemosensory Properties of Organic Molecules, and Physical Chemistry, including a report on the behavior of gases. There is also a laboratory on the day of the Exam. There is one report on this unit and a lab on the day of the Exam.
The second unit, Organic Substances, contains the following: Formulation in Organic Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, and Consequences of Thermodynamics, Chemistry of Chemical Forms, and Symmetry of the Periodic Table. Students must complete these modules before the Exam.
The next module, Principles of Organic Chemistry, contains the following: Fundamental Theories of Organic Chemistry, Algebra, Number Theory, Statistics, and Calculus. Students will need to complete these modules before the Exam.
The third module, Chemosensory Properties of Organic Molecules, contains the following: The Structure of Molecules, Atomic and Molecular Weight Calculations, and Chemical Bonding Properties. Students must complete these modules before the Exam.
The final module, Physical Chemistry, contains the following: Collocation of Elements, Heat of Reaction, and Calculation of Electron Volumes. Students must complete this module before the Exam.
Students who pass the Basic Unit will not need to complete the two later modules. Those who have completed the Basic Unit and fail to pass the final Module will have to take the Exam after two more periods of time have passed since their last retest.
The Core Units will not be reviewed by the Departmental Manager and reviewed by the AP Calculus Committee. They will be reviewed by the Academic Dean and the school’s academic advisor. The Core Units includes Chemistry Module I, Organic Chemistry Module II, and Calculus Module III.
Students who want to prepare for the AP Calculus Exam should first attempt the Basic Unit. After they have passed the Basic Unit, they can then move onto the Intermediate Unit.