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?

45 minutes.

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
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Oxidation and Reduction
  • Electro-Chemistry
  • Periodicity
  • 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.

Printable sample test with answer key (pdf)