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Sample CASPer® Question: Organic Chemistry Exam

Consider a video prompt around the following scenario.

Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes!

PROMPT:  You are a professor teaching organic chemistry to first year students at a prestigious university. Throughout the year you notice that Sally is consistently late for class, and often times is missing altogether. A few days prior to a major exam you pass by Sally in the hallway and decide to ask the cause of her behaviour. She confides in you that adjustment from high school to university has been difficult for her and asks for an extension on the exam.

QUESTIONS:

  1. What do you do?
  2. What services do you think that universities should offer students experiencing difficulties transitioning from high school?
  3. Considering that individuals learn using different methods and at various paces, should universities consider offering exams in different mediums (for example, written, oral or via demonstration where applicable)?

Good luck!

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