Chemistry Placement Examination (CPE)

Due to COVID-19 and CSUF's effort to promote the health and safety of students and employees, the CPE is not currently being administered in person by the Testing Center. Please contact the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department for information about placement in Chemistry 120A.  


All students planning to enroll in Chemistry 120A: General Chemistry must take the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) or have completed Chemistry 115: Introduction to General Chemistry or its equivalent (verified with 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).


The CPE may be taken only once a year. Test scores are valid for two 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. Non-programmable calculators are permitted but not essential.

Test results will be sent to students via thier CSUF email address within one week after the test.