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At JCU, we want to ensure that students are given the greatest opportunity for success. This is why in some of our science and engineering related degrees, students are required to complete preparatory maths and/or chemistry subjects during their first year of study.

Some students however, may have sufficient knowledge from previous studies and have the opportunity to undertake diagnostic testing to determine their suitability to commence directly into elective subjects.

What is being tested?

There are two screening tests.  One in mathematics and one in chemistry.

Which programs are affected?

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Geology.

Which students are required?

Testing is optional in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Advanced Science and Bachelor of Geology.

What is the purpose of the testing?

Bachelor of Science (mathematics and chemistry testing). Preparatory Mathematics (MA1020) and Preparatory Chemistry (CH1020) are core subjects in the degree, however some students will be familiar with the content, for example if Mathematics Methods and/or Chemistry have been studied throughout both years 11 and 12 in secondary school, and are invited to use the testing so that they may take elective subjects in their place.

Please note that irrespective of the grades obtained in secondary school, the screening test must be passed in order to waive the need to complete MA1020 or CH1020.

Bachelor of Geology (mathematics testing only). Preparatory Mathematics (MA1020) is a core subject in the degree, however some students will be familiar with the content, for example if Mathematics Methods has been studied throughout both years 11 and 12 in secondary school, and are invited to use the testing so that they may take an elective subject in its place.

Please note that irrespective of the grades obtained in secondary school, the screening test must be passed in order to waive the need to complete MA1020.

When and where can the screening test be taken?

In Orientation Week, Thursday 22 July, hourly sessions commencing 12noon to 4pm at JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas and JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield.

You must register your intention to attend screening session at https://apps.jcu.edu.au/screening-tests/#/. A second date in week one of Study Period 2 may be announced in July, subject to demand.

Where can I access learning resources to refresh for the test?

We strongly encourage students to access the wide range of learning resources from the JCU Learning Centre prior to undertaking screening testing.

Additional more targeted examples of the screening test question types will be available from LearnJCU after you have registered for the test.

What to bring?

You will need a scientific calculator for the chemistry screening test, but the mathematics screening test is calculator-free. Please note that you will not be able to use the calculator on your mobile phone.

Make sure you bring photo ID. This can be your JCU student card, drivers license, or some other photographic identification.

These items are permitted in all JCU exams: pencils, pens, erasers, white-out, rulers and a clear bottle of water with the label removed.

Make sure you know your JCU login (also known as a jc-number) and password to log into your test through LearnJCU.

What if I am feeling unwell on test day?

If you are feeling unwell on the day of your screening test, please do not come onto campus. Email the College at cse.academicservices@jcu.edu.au for advice on re-sitting your test.

What if I have other questions?

Please contact the College at adltcse@jcu.edu.au.

Need more help?

There are many resources available to students of the College. If you can't find what you are looking for or are not sure who to ask please contact our Academic Services Team, who will help or direct you as appropriate.

Email

cse.academicservices@jcu.edu.au

Locations

JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas - Building 34 Room 212, and Building 15 Room 102
JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield - Building A2 Room 226