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- Available Lessons: 210
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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About This Course
The lessons in this course aid you in reviewing the topics covered by the AEPA Chemistry exam, now the NES Chemistry exam, which Arizona requires of everyone seeking certification to teach the subject. Our lessons offer a simple way to prepare for and succeed on the test. You'll get an overview of what Arizona expects a chemistry teacher to understand, including the nature and history of science, inorganic chemistry, and the principles and procedures of scientific inquiry. If you need any help as you work through the chapter, our subject-matter experts are available to answer your questions through the Dashboard.
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This course was last updated in 2019.
Syllabus & Course Information
We've thoroughly covered all of the subjects that you'll be expected to know for the exam here, providing you with a comprehensive resource you can use to study at any time. The lessons included here cover subjects ranging from gas laws to the properties of liquids and solids. After finishing this chapter, you should be ready to do the following:
- Outline the origins of science
- Detail laboratory safety equipment and procedures
- Discuss liquids, solids, gases, atoms and matter
- Explain the principles of scientific inquiry
- Define atomic theory
- Describe trends of the periodic table
- Understand nuclear and inorganic chemistry
- Identify the laws of thermodynamics
- Outline chemical bonding
- Discuss kinetics, organic molecules, equilibrium and stoichiometry
- Explain the fundamentals of chemical reactions
This chapter is made up of 173 lessons grouped into 18 chapters by topic. To help you study, we've included a quiz with each lesson and a test at the end of each chapter.
AEPA Chemistry Exam Information
The AEPA Chemistry test is a computer-based exam used in the state of Arizona to test the skills and knowledge of prospective teachers. Testing resources, such as the periodic table, a calculator and formulas, are provided with the test.
- Number of Questions: 150
- Question Type: Multiple-choice questions
- Time Limit: Three hours and 45 minutes
- Exam Cost: $95
AEPA Chemistry Exam Breakdown
|AEPA Chemistry Exam Concept||Percent of the AEPA Chemistry Exam Score||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Nature of Science||18%||27||34|
|Matter & Atomic Structure||18%||27||37|
|Energy & Chemical Bonding||23%||34||57|
|Stoichiometry & Solutions||18%||27||15|
AEPA Chemistry Test Preparation & Registration
This comprehensive study guide offers refresher knowledge on the subjects tested by the AEPA Chemistry exam. You probably learned most of this information in your college courses, but may pick up a few new facts through our lessons. Topics covered include the history of science, the scientific method and safety procedures for the lab. The nature of matter, the structure of the atom, the periodic table and chemical reactions are also examined. You'll review information on inorganic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium and stoichiometry. Quizzes at the end of every lesson allow you to check your knowledge and also practice answering these types of questions on a computer.
The AEPA Chemistry test is offered Mondays through Saturday, year round, at testing centers both in Arizona and throughout the U.S. You'll need to create an account on the AEPA website and pay for the test prior to confirming an appointment to test. On test day, bring a government-issued photo ID bearing the name in which you registered.
AEPA Chemistry Test Scoring
You'll get your score at the test center right after you finish the assessment. Detailed score reports are sent out by e-mail about two weeks after test day and also are posted to your account. The institutions you requested to be notified will get your score report then, too. A passing score is 220. You are scored only for correct answers, which means wrong guesses are not penalized.
The AEPA Chemistry test's questions are divided into five content domain areas. There are no time limits for each of these areas, only the total time framework of three hours, 45 minutes.
Nature of Science
Percentage of total questions: 18%
Exam topics covered: Data collection, presentation of scientific data, safety procedures in the chemistry lab, equipment, measurement standards, basic mathematical procedures for chemistry, history of scientific ideas, contemporary theories in science, relationships between chemistry, technology, engineering, mathematics and society, and media coverage of science
What you'll study: Nature and history of science, definition of chemistry, scientific research, the scientific method, experimental design, scientific notation, interpreting tables and graphs, laboratory equipment, techniques for handling chemicals, techniques for mounting microscope specimens, the metric system, safety rules and disposition of hazardous waste are covered in this study guide.
Matter and Atomic Structure
Percentage of total questions: 18%
Exam topics covered: Characteristics of compounds, elements and mixtures, chemical, physical and nuclear changes in matter, radioactive materials, historical and contemporary models of atomic structure, parts of the atom and how they interact, electron configurations, the periodic table, kinetic molecular theory, phase changes, states of matter and gas laws
What you'll study: The comprehensive lessons in our study guide go over topics that include the properties and states of matter, early atomic theory, isotopes, atomic and mass numbers, the Bohr model, the periodic table, ionization energy, electronegativity, kinetic molecular theory, crystal structures, Boyle's law, the ideal gas law and Van der Waal's equation.
Energy and Chemical Bonding
Percentage of total questions: 23%
Exam topics covered: Laws of thermodynamics, differences in forms of energy and in heat and temperature, energy changes in chemical reactions, phase transitions, the IUPAC rules of nomenclature, basic structure of organic compounds, types of chemical bonds and how properties of substances relate to atomic bonds and intermolecular forces
What you'll study: Calculations of radioactive decay, mass-energy conversion, applications of nuclear chemistry, types of chemical bonds, acids and bases, ionic compounds and Lewis structures are included in these lessons.
Percentage of total questions: 23%
Exam topics covered: Types of chemical reactions, collision theory, factors that influence chemical equilibrium, analysis of buffer solutions, oxidation, oxidation-reduction equations, problems with electrochemical cells and applications of electrochemistry
What you'll study: The course includes a review of acids and bases, how to write and balance chemical reactions, the pH scale, oxidation numbers assigned to elements in a chemical formula, the activity series, decomposition and synthesis reactions and electrochemical cells.
Stoichiometry and Solutions
Percentage of total questions: 18%
Exam topics covered: The mole concept, problems of molar mass, percent-composition and molecular and empirical formulas, interpretation of chemical notation, net ionic equations, stoichiometric problems and types of solutions, suspensions and colloids.
What you'll study: Our study guide looks at chemical reactions, mole-to-mole ratios, mass-to-mass stoichiometric calculations, reactants, determination of empirical formulas, hydrates, the rate of dissolution, solutions, electrolytes and non-electrolytes, molarity concentration and colligative properties.
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