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Chemistry Department Placement Exam


Who Needs to Take the Chemistry Department Placement Exam?

It is recommended that students in the following majors enroll in Chemistry 200 or 202 during their first semester at SDSU:

Chem 200 (recommended)
Athletic Training
Chem 200
Chem 200
Chemical Physics
Chem 200
Chem 200
Chem 200 or 202 for most majors. (Go to the SDSU General Catalog and MyMap for requirements specific to your major.)
Environmental Sciences
Chem 200
Geological Sciences (engineering geology; geology; geophysics; hydrogeology)
Chem 200
Chem 200
Chem 200
Physical Science
Chem 200
Chem 200


According to the SDSU General Catalog, enrollment in Chemistry 200 or 202 is limited to those who have either:

1. Completed Chemistry 100 (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better,


2. Satisfied the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement (taken and received a score of 50 or higher) AND passed the SDSU Chemistry Department Placement Exam.


3. If you received a score of Higher 5-7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Chemistry exam, you should receive credit for Chemistry 100 and will not need to take the Chemistry Department Placement Exam.

- If you received a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry Exam, you should receive credit for Chemistry 200 and 201 and will not need to take the Chemistry Department Placement Exam.

- If you plan to enroll in Chemistry 100 your first semester rather than Chemistry 200, you do NOT need to take the Chemistry Department Placement Exam.

NOTE: The Chemistry Department Placement Exam is not transferrable to another university or college.


General Exam Information

The Chemistry Department Placement Exam is a timed, 45-minute exam composed of 44 multiple choice items. The minimum passing score is 22. There is no penalty for guessing. Silent, non-printing, non-programmable calculators are permitted. Students are limited to a maximum of two attempts.

Recommended study guide: Schaum's Easy Outline - Beginning Chemistry by David A. Goldberg.

Sample Chemistry Placement Exam Questions


Registration Information

If you plan to enroll in Chemistry 200 for the Fall 2017 semester, you are strongly encouraged to take the Chemistry Department Placement Exam prior to your attendance at New Student Orientation this summer. Two options for taking the exam are available to you:

1. Sign up and take the exam at SDSU. Exam dates, times, and deadlines are listed below.

2. Request that the exam be proctored at an approved testing center close to your home. For details, please visit the Remote Proctoring of Select SDSU Placement Exams webpage. There is an additional $10.00 SDSU exam fee in addition to any fees charged by the approved testing center.

    Exam Date
    Reporting Location
    Registration Deadline (12:00 p.m.)
    Scores Released by**
    Saturday, September 9, 2017
    8:30 a.m.
    GMCS 333
    September 4, 2017
    September 24, 2017
    Saturday, September 30, 2017
    8:30 a.m.
    GMCS 333
    September 25, 2017
    October 15, 2017
    Saturday, October 14, 2017
    8:30 a.m.
    GMCS 333
    October 9, 2017
    October 29, 2017
    Saturday, October 28, 2017
    8:30 a.m.
    GMCS 333
    October 23, 2017
    November 12, 2017
    Saturday, December 2, 2017
    8:30 a.m.
    GMCS 333
    November 27, 2017
    December 17, 2017

    *Sessions will be closed when testing capacity is reached regardless of registration deadline or posted times.

    ** Please note that some test results may not be available prior to the next scheduled test date, so plan your test date accordingly.

    Fee information:

    The exam fee is $35.00. Admission Tickets are non-refundable and may not be transferred to another individual.

    Date/Time Transfer Policy:

    To transfer to a different exam date and/or time, you must bring your Admission Ticket to Testing Services (SSW 2549) by 12:00 p.m. (noon) the business day prior to the exam date. Testing Services is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Online registration:
    Or Mail-in registration:
    Or In-person registration:
    Come to SDSU Testing Services (SSW 2549), Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for instructions
    Print Admission Ticket:

    You must bring a printed copy of your Admission Ticket to be admitted to your exam. Electronic copies are not acceptable. To print your Admission Ticket, click here.

    Students Requiring Accommodations:

    Students requesting testing accommodations must follow these steps:

    1. Register for a regularly-scheduled exam (see above)
    2. Register with SDSU Student Disability Services (SDS), who will authorize appropriate accommodations for each test requested.
    3. Once SDS has placed the appropriate accommodations on the Testing Services reservation system for the specific exam you are requesting, email SDSU Testing Services at with your name, Red ID number, exam(s) for which you have registered, date of exam(s), and a request for testing accommodations.
    4. Once your request is approved, Testing Services will email reporting instructions for the exam. Please review the information carefully and bring a printed copy of the email as your Admission Ticket.
    5. Accommodation requests must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the exam to ensure your accommodation(s) is available.


    Information about having the exam proctored remotely:
    Directions & Parking Information:
    Click here for exams proctored at SDSU


    Test information, fees, and exam dates and times are subject to change without notice.

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