Chemistry Placement Exam

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers the CPE every 2nd Friday of each month. To register, visit: CPE Pre-Registration. Information for the CPE will be sent by e-mail before the exam. 

 

CHEM 120A ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS:

All students planning to enroll in Chemistry 120A General Chemistry must be exempt from or have passed the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM). In addition, students will need meet one of the below requirements:

  • Take the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE)
  • Or complete Chemistry 115: Introduction to General Chemistry or its equivalent, verified with an official transcript, with a grade of C or higher.
  • Or pass the AP Chemistry exam with a score of 3 or higher

You must meet the prerequisites to be eligible to enroll in CHEM 120A.

CPE EXEMPTIONS

CHEM 115 Equivalent

To be exempt from the CPE, students must have completed Chemistry 115: Introduction to General Chemistry or its equivalent with a grade of C or higher.If you have taken an equivalent chemistry course at another college, you must submit a copy of your transcript that displays the course grade earned and a course description from the college catalog to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry prior to enrolling in Chemistry 120A: General Chemistry.

AP Chemistry Exemption

Students who pass the AP Chemistry exam with a score of 3 or greater are eligible to enroll in CHEM 120A. Students who earn a score of 4 or greater on the AP Chemistry exam will be considered for enrollment in CHEM 120B. Students who want to establish their eligibility for CHEM 120A or 120B and have taken the AP exam, should bring evidence of AP Chemistry exam scores to the Chemistry Department in MH 580

CPE DESCRIPTION

CPE will be offered during the 2nd Fridays each month at 1:00 pm by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Testing Center is currently not administering CPE due to COVID-19. The CPE may be taken only once a year. Test scores are valid for three consecutive semesters.

You will have 45 minutes to complete the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE). The CPE consists of 29 multiple-choice questions addressing basic concepts in arithmetic, algebra and high school chemistry. In scoring the test, only correct answers will be counted. A Periodic Table of elements and a table of abbreviations and symbols will be provided in the exam. You may need them for some questions. All other data are given in the questions. Calculators are permitted but not essential.  Cell phones are NOT allowed.

Please have number 2 pencils with erasers and a nonprogrammable scientific calculator available with you for the exam.

Test results will be sent by email approximately one week after the test.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will not give scores over the telephone.

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY CPE TEST DATES

Test Date

Time

Location

Friday, September 9, 2022

1:00 PM

MH-587

Friday, October 14, 2022

1:00 PM

MH-587

Friday, November 4, 2022

1:00 PM

MH-587

Friday, December 9, 2022

1:00 PM

MH-587

CPE Results

The results of CPE are sent by email within one week of the exam session.

TESTING CENTER CPE TEST DATES

Due to COVID-19, the Testing Services is currently not administering the CPE. Please visit the   Testing Center website   Opens in new window   Opens in new window  for more information.