Advanced Standing Exams (ASEs)

2020 ASE Update:

The Department of Chemistry will be offering virtual Advanced Standing Exams for both 5.111 and 5.12 prior to the beginning of the spring semester. The 5.111 ASE is scheduled for February 4th, 2021 and the 5.12 ASE is scheduled for February 5th, 2021. ASEs conducted during IAP this year will be graded P/NR for first year students to increase equity of opportunity due to disruptions this fall.

First year students do not need to petition to take any of the ASEs, they just need to complete the ASE registration form. The ASE registration form is for first year students (Class of 2024) and incoming Transfers (January 2025) only. All upper-class students should follow the regular petition process and consult with their advisors.

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 (5.111 only) and work practice problems. You are encouraged to review a 5.111 Final Exam and Answer Key.

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.