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
- 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.
- A minimum of 15 correct answers, out of 25 questions, are required for a passing score.
- You are not allowed to remove the exam or any related materials from the test site.
- The exam will be changed each time it is given.
- 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),
- nomenclature of simple inorganic compounds and common acids,
- percent mass calculations,
- scientific notation,
- balancing equations,
- molar mass (molecular weight),
- the mole,
- basic algebra,
- and graphing.
You should have had most of these topics in your high school chemistry course.