Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry Placement Test

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs to take the Chemistry Placement Test?

Students majoring in the following degree programs are required to take General Chemistry I (CHEM 1401):

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Pre-Professional programs (pre-med, pre-pharm, pre-dent, etc.)
  • Secondary Education options in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

To enroll in CHEM 1401, you must take the Chemistry Placement Test unless you have satisfied one of the following:

  • Earned credit for CHEM 1401 through transfer credit, an AP Chemistry test score of 4 or 5, or through CU Succeed
  • Completed CHEM 1001 or MATH 1040 with a grade of “C” or better
  • Scored ≥70% on the MATH 1050 Placement Test

How do I take the Chemistry Placement Test?

You must use an internet-connected computer with the Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser. Do not attempt to take the test on a smartphone or tablet, and the use of a Wi-Fi connection is discouraged. You should have access to a calculator, periodic table, and pencil and paper. Please follow the instructions in this brochure.

Note: If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for the test, you must contact UCCS Disability Services (dservice@uccs.edu or 719-255-3354) and provide them with documentation of your disability.

How long does the test take?

You are allowed 55 minutes to complete the test. The timer starts as soon as you click “Begin” and cannot be paused.

What score do I need to pass?

The test consists of 60 questions and you must earn a score of 30 or higher to place into CHEM 1401.

What if I don’t pass the test?

You will need to satisfy one of the other prerequisite options for CHEM 1401:

  • Pass CHEM 1001 or MATH 1040 with a grade of “C” or better, or
  • Pass the Math Placement Test for MATH 1050, or
  • Pass the Chemistry Placement Test in a subsequent semester
 
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