Organic placement for sophomores: If you are a sophomore and judge you have the background to take organic chemistry, you are free to enroll without taking any placement exam. Be advised that if you complete organic chemistry, you will not be permitted to take any general chemistry courses at a later date since passing organic demonstrates you have already mastered the prerequisites. This can cause problems with your medical school application and require that you take more advanced courses such as physical chemistry or inorganic chemistry to complete your medical school requirement after taking organic chemistry. Students who take organic as a freshman receive an acceleration credit that satisfies most medical schools and fixes this problem for them.
Organic placement for freshmen: Freshmen must take the placement exam to gain admission to either the freshman or sophomore organic courses. See the placement advice you were given in the website for chemistry placement for your class. Transfer students will find their placement on the site of the class they entered with.
Placing out of organic chemistry : Did you already take organic chemistry and want to place out? There is no way to "place out" of any course at Yale, but you can take a placement test to demonstrate you have completed the first semester of organic chemistry as a prerequisite to CHEM 230 or any biochemistry courses. Contact the chemistry main office (203)-432-3916 and ask for the DUS assistant to arrange. Be advised that if you do this and start with biochemistry you will have to complete your medical school requirements with all advanced courses, and will be barred from enrolling in any general chemistry or 1st semester organic chemistry courses.