Chemistry Placement Testing
Frequently Asked Questions
Who may take the test?
Students who want to place into CHEM& 161. Additionally, students must have passed MATH& 141 or MATH& 148 with a grade of at least 2.0, or received a more advanced placement on the math placement test.
When can I test?
Come to any test session shown on the testing calendar.
What is the time limit?
What is the test format?
Paper/pencil, multiple-choice, 44 questions.
What do I bring?
Government-issued photo ID.
Receipt showing payment of the $25.00 fee.
No personal calculator allowed; TI-30XIIs is supplied.
No books or references allowed; a periodic table is supplied.
How will I know if I passed?
Students must score at least in the 60 percentile.
Come to Student Assessment Services office, RS 76,
or see your advisor for score results.
Can I retest?
This is a one-time only test. Review before testing.
How can I prepare?
Review areas of study below and try the sample questions.
Areas of Study
- Chemistry Principles
- Structure of Matter
- Atomic and Molecular Theory
- The Elements
- Quantitative Relationship
- Nuclear Chemistry
- Aqueous Solution
- Chemical Thermodynamics
- Oxidation and Reduction
- Equilibrium Systems
- Qualitative Analysis and Organic Chemistry
California Chemistry Diagnostic Test Sample Questions
Competency areas: Compounds and elements; states of matter; reactions of matter; structure of matter; periodic properties; solutions; qualitative kinetics and thermodynamics; lab skills, mathematical skills. A Periodic Table is provided with the exam.