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Chemistry Placement Exam - Scores vs Placement

Your score on the Chemistry Placement Exam will determine whether you place in Chemistry 0105 - Preparation for General Chemistry or Chem 0111 - General Chemistry 1.

 

Scores

Placement
  
0 - 31 
and
0 - 21 on Math (Part 1) 
Chem 0105
31 or above 
and 
 0 -21 on Math (Part 1) 
 
  Chem 0105
32 or above
and 
 22 or above on Math (Part 1)
Chem 0111

The Chemisry Placement Exam contains 60 multiple choice questions. There are three parts:

  • The first part of the exam consists of 20 questions on general mathematics (arithmetic and algebra).
  • The second part of the exam consists of 20 questions on general chemical knowledge.
  • The last 20 questions are on specific chemical knowledge.

Please bring a scientific calculator for the Chemistry Exam.  Programmable and/or graphing calculators are not allowed.

Retaking the Placement Exam

If you are not satisfied with your placement, you may retake the Chemistry Placement Exam the morning of your scheduled orientation to try to increase your score. If you decide to retake the exam, please check the link below to review the topics on the exam.
To register for the exam click here

Chemistry Course Descriptions:

CHEM 0105 PREPARATION GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3 cr.

This course in designed for those students who intend to take General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2, but whose mathematical or chemistry backgrounds are judged by their advisors and the placement exam to be relatively weak. The course emphasizes stoichiometry (chemical calculations), chemical equations, gas laws, elementary atomic structure and periodic properties of elements. Students who take this course must receive a D or better before they can take CHEM 0111.

CHEM 0111 GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1 4 cr. KA

General Chemistry 1 and 2 constitute a two-term introduction to the fundamental properties of matter. General Chemistry 1 covers stoichiometry; the properties of solids, liquids and gases; thermochemistry; and the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 0105. Corequisite: CHEM 0113.

Comment: Students may not take this course unless they have obtained an appropriate test score on the Chemistry Placement Test or have obtained at least a D grade in CHEM 0105.