Chemistry Placement Exam

Chemistry Placement Exam

Timing, Composition, and Scoring | Topics and Preparation
Exam Results | Transfer Credit

The Chemistry Placement Exam will test basic knowledge of chemistry.

Exam Details

Timing, Composition, and Scoring

  • 60 minutes
  • 44 multiple-choice questions
  • 23/44 passing score

Topics and Preparation

The following topics are covered on the Chemistry Placement Exam. Students should review a high school chemistry book to prepare for the exam. A periodic table is provided, but calculators are not permitted.

  • Acids and bases
  • Atomic and nuclear structure
  • Balancing chemical equations
  • Chemical bonding and its relation to molecular structure
  • Chemical reactions
  • Chemistry nomenclature
  • Equilibria
  • Gas laws
  • Kinetics
  • Periodic properties of elements
  • Phase changes
  • Stoichiometry
  • Thermodynamics

Exam Results

  • Students who receive a score of 23 or above may enroll in General Chemistry I [CHEM UN1403].
  • Students who receive a score of 20-22 are encouraged to take Preparation for College Chemistry in the fall [CHEM UN0001] or summer [CHEM S0001], as they may have difficulty with General Chemistry I [CHEM UN1403]. Students should speak with their advisor to determine a plan during their initial advising appointment.
  • Students who receive a score of 19 or below will be required to take Preparation for College Chemistry in the fall [CHEM UN0001] or summer [CHEM S0001].

Transfer Credit

Students who have received transfer credit, or who have transfer credit pending, for chemistry courses taken elsewhere should consult with their advisor to determine whether they should take the Chemistry Placement Exam.