Chemistry Placement Exam

CHEM 120A ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS:

All students planning to enroll in Chemistry 120A General Chemistry are required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) Opens in new window or have completed Chemistry 115: Introduction to General Chemistry or its equivalent, verified with an official transcript, with a grade of C or higher. In addition, all students enrolling in Chemistry 120A must be exempt from or have passed the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM). You must meet all of these prerequisites to be eligible to enroll in CHEM 120A.

CPE Description

CPE is offered the second Friday of each month at 1:00 pm by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Testing Center administers CPE on Saturday morning in May, July, October and December. 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 44 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 are provided in the test book. 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.

BRING number 2 pencils with erasers and  a nonprogrammable scientific calculator  to the test session.

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.

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.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry CPE Test Dates

Spring 2019

Test Date Time Location
Friday, January 11, 2019 1:00 PM MH 536
Friday, February 8, 2019 1:00 PM MH 536
Friday, March 8, 2019 1:00 PM MH 536
Friday, April 12, 2019 1:00 PM MH 587
Friday, May 10, 2019 1:00 PM MH 587

There is no charge for the exam.  Pre-registraiont is required for CPE. To pre-register click here: CPE Pre-Registration Opens in new window


Summer 2019

Test Date Time Location
Friday, June 7, 2019 1:00 PM MH 587
Friday, June 14, 2019 1:00 PM MH 587
Friday, June 21, 2019 1:00 PM MH 587
Friday, June 28, 2019 1:00 PM MH 587
Friday, July 12, 2019 1:00 PM TBA
Friday, August 9, 2019 1:00 PM TBA

There is no charge for the exam.  Pre-registraiont is required for CPE. To pre-register click here: CPE Pre-Registration Opens in new window

 

CPE Results

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

Testing Center CPE Test Dates

Pre-registration is required to take the CPE. There is no charge for the test. You must register either by mail or in-person to take CPE administered by Testing Services. Please visit the Testing Center website Opens in new window Opens in new window  for more information on registration.

 Spring 2019

Test Date Time Registration Deadline Dates
Saturday, May 11, 2019 8:30 AM

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:30 AM

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

There is no charge for the exam.  Pre-registration  Opens in new window Opens in new window is required for CPE.