Chemistry Placement Examination (CPE)

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).

All students planning to enroll in Chemistry 200: Chemistry for Nursing and Allied Health Professions are expected to 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 200 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 posted outside the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, located in McCarthy Hall - room 580, approximately one week after the test. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will not give scores over the phone.