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Department of Chemistry
Phone: (208)885-6552
Fax: (208)885-6173
Renfrew Hall
804 Rayburn, Rm 116

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr, MS 2343
Moscow, ID 83844-2343

Chemistry Placement Exam

The chemistry placement exam is administered by the Department of Chemistry and is designed to test your knowledge of basic chemistry. Passing this test, with a score of 60% or better, will satisfy the prerequisite for enrollment into CHEM 111. Those scoring below 60% will need one of the following prerequisites in order to enroll in CHEM 111:

  • A minimum ACT math score of 25
  • A minimum SAT math score of 560
  • A minimum COMPASS College Algebra score of 49
  • or a minimum grade of C in CHEM 101 or MATH 143, 160, or 170

  1. You may take this exam more than one time under the following conditions:
    • You must wait A MINIMUM of two months to take this exam again.
    • The exam may be repeated ONLY during the scheduled times.
    • Students enrolled in Chemistry 050 in a given semester are not eligible to take the placement exam when it is offered during preregistration advising for the next semester.
  2. A minimum of 15 correct answers, out of 25 questions, are required for a passing score.
  3. You are not allowed to remove the exam or any related materials from the test site.
  4. The exam will be changed each time it is given.
  5. In order to take the exam, you need to bring a photo ID, non-text entry scientific calculator, and a #2 pencil.

Topics covered on the exam are:

  • significant figures,
  • the metric system,
  • dimensional analysis (unit conversion),
  • density,
  • nomenclature of simple inorganic compounds and common acids,
  • percent mass calculations,
  • scientific notation,
  • balancing equations,
  • molar mass (molecular weight),
  • the mole,
  • stoichiometry,
  • molarity,
  • dilutions,
  • basic algebra,
  • and graphing.

You should have had most of these topics in your high school chemistry course.

Next Scheduled Exam:

The next placement exam will be given on:

April 16, 2015

at 4:30 PM in REN 125.

Bring a #2 pencil, a scientific calculator (non-text entry/non-graphing), and a picture ID.

The placement exam is given four times a year. Exams are usually given on the first Tuesday of the fall semester, the first Thursday of the spring semester, in November, and in April.

Chemistry Placement Practice Exam

In order to pass this exam you must answer 15 of the 25 questions correct. More