Advanced Standing Exams (ASEs)

The 2021 Advanced Standing Exam for the Chemistry GIR, 5.111, will take place on Friday, August 13 from 12pm-3pm EDT. The exam will be conducted virtually.

There will also be an ASE for 5.12, Organic Chemistry I, which will be held in person on September 7th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Only students who have passed the 5.111 ASE or who have received a passing grade in 5.111 or 5.112 are eligible to take the 5.12 ASE. Please email Michelle Contos directly to register for the exam at .


Please feel free to reach out to the Office of the First Year or the Chemistry Education Office with any ASE-related questions.

Please note that to be eligible to take an ASE, you cannot have attended or been registered for the subject or any of its variations (5.111, 5.112, or 3.091). An exception can be made if you never attended the class and submitted a drop form within the first week of the term.

Q & A: Taking the 5.111 Advanced Standing Exam

Exam Preparation:

5.111 and 5.112 content can be found at MITOpenCourseWare (OCW). Here you will be able to review topics, watch lecture videos and work practice problems.  The typical format of problems that you will be asked to solve is exemplified on this 5.111 Final Exam and Answer Key.  Note that this exam does NOT include all topics covered in the course or on the ASE exam.

OCW Class Sites:


The textbook for 5.111 and 5.112 for Fall 2019 is Principles of Modern Chemistry by Oxtoby, Gillis and Campion, 8th edition. Chemical Principles by Atkins and Jones was used previously.