***NEW VU SAPLING Chemistry Placement Exam

Courses in the Departments of Chemistry and Biology at any institution is demanding; and Vanguard University is no exception. To help you prepare for college-level chemistry at VU, the Department of Chemistry requires the placement of all incoming students who want to take chemistry (either Chem 112C/L or Chem 120/L), regardless of major. The Placement Exam that the Chemistry Department uses is sponsored through Sapling Learning. Sapling Learning is an online-assessment and homework management system. The placement exam is a free assessment. You will need to create an account (just follow the directions below).

For the School Year, you will be using Sapling as your Homework Management System. At that point, you will need to purchase access to your specific course: Chem 112C or Chem 120.

Step 1: Purchase, Create an Account, and Take the Placement Test

1. Go to http://saplinglearning.com and click on your country at the top right.      

2a. If you already have a Sapling Learning account, log in and skip to step 3.      
2b. If you have a Facebook account, you can use it to quickly create a Sapling Learning account. Click “Create an Account”, then “Create my account through Facebook”. You will be prompted to log into Facebook if you aren’t already. Choose a username and password, then click “Link Account”. You can then skip to step 3.      
2c. Otherwise, click “Create an Account”. Supply the requested information and click “Create My Account”. Check your email (and spam filter) for a message from Sapling Learning and click on the link provided in that email.      

3. Find your course in the list (you may need to expand the subject and term categories) and click the link. Look for: Vanguard University of Southern California – Pre-Assessment – Fall14 – SIRVENT  

4. If your course requires a key code, you will be prompted to enter it. Keycode: Vanguard   

 Step 2: Complete the Exam

Once you have registered and enrolled, you can log in at any time to complete or review your assignment. You will see a practice assignment that you can work on (it is ungraded, but will give you some practice before attempting the placement exam). Then attempt the Placement Exam.
During sign up or throughout the term, if you have any technical problems or grading issues, send an email to support@saplinglearning.com explaining the issue. The Sapling Learning support team is almost always faster and better able to resolve issues than your instructor.

 Step 3: Add/Drop Chem 112C/L or Chem 120/L on MyVU

You will be notified by email if you received a high enough grade to enroll in Chem 120. Login to MyVU and verify that you are enrolled in the correct Chemistry Course.

Disclaimer, all liberal studies students and non “Pre-Health” kinesiology majors should STAY in Chem 112C.

Contact Dr. Lorance for help and information concerning the VU Chemistry Assessment Process.