Chemistry Placement Examination (CPE)

 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.