Remote Operations Update: 

Student Assessment Services is currently offering English and Math placement options online. Please click on the following links for both English and Math placement instructions.

Students may complete their English placement remotely by taking our English Directed Self Placement tool. (Please note, Basic and Transitional Studies Level Four and below and International Students with F-1 Visas are not eligible for the Directed Self Placement tool).

Students may complete their Math placement remotely by taking the ALEKS Math Placement Test through Seattle Central College. You will need to send a copy of your placement test score to to be able to register for classes.

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)