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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 (General Chemistry) or 202 (General Chemistry for Engineers) during their first semester at SDSU:

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
Kinesiology (pre-physical therapy)
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 (Intro. to General Chemistry with Laboratory) with a grade of C or better,


2. Qualification through the Chemistry Department Placement Exam with a minimum score of 31.

- 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 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 plan to enroll in Chemistry 100 your first semester rather than Chemistry 200 or 202, you do NOT need to take the Chemistry Department Placement Exam.


General Exam Information

The Chemistry Department Placement Exam is a timed, 55-minute exam composed of 60 multiple choice items. The minimum passing score is 31. 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.


Fee Information

The exam fee is a non-refundable $35.00 and may not be transferred to another individual or to a different exam. To transfer to a different exam date and/or time, you must bring a printed copy of your Admission Ticket to Testing Services (SSW 2549) no later than 12:00 p.m. the business day prior to the exam date. Testing Services is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Once you have registered and paid for the exam, your Admission Ticket will be available to print. You must bring a printed copy of your Admission Ticket to be admitted to your exam. Electronic copies are not acceptable. You can access and print your Admission Ticket here.


Registration Information

If you plan to enroll in Chemistry 200 or 202 for the Fall 2018 semester, you are strongly encouraged to take the Chemistry Department Placement Exam prior to your attendance at New Student Orientation this summer. Three options for exam registration are available to you:

1. Sign up and take the exam at SDSU. Exam dates, times, and deadlines are listed below. You may register one of three ways, although online registration is preferred.

- Online registration: Chemistry Department Placement Exam

- Mail-in registration: Mail-in Registration Form

- In-person registration: Come to SDSU Testing Services (SSW 2549), Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for instructions.


Exam Date
Reporting Location
Registration Deadline (12:00 p.m.)
Scores Released by**
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:30 a.m.
GMCS 333
March 5, 2018
March 25, 2018
Saturday, April 7, 2018
8:30 a.m.
GMCS 333
April 2, 2018
April 22, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:30 a.m.
EBA 245
April 23, 2018
May 13, 2018

*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.


2. Sign up and take the exam at one of the Northern California or Southern California testing sites offered in June and July. Exam dates, times, deadlines, and registration will be posted by mid-May.

3. 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 exam fee in addition to any fees charged by the approved testing center.

Students Requesting Accommodations

1. If you have not already met with SDSU Student Ability Success Center (SASC), register for a regularly-scheduled exam (see above).

2. Register with SASC, who will authorize appropriate accommodations for each test requested.

3. Once SASC has placed the appropriate accommodations on the SDSU Testing Services reservation system for the specific exam you are requesting, email Testing Services at with your name, Red ID number or SDSUID, the exam(s) for which you registered, the date(s) of the exam(s), and a request for testing accommodations.

4. Once your request is reviewed and approved, Testing Services will email reporting instructions to you. Please carefully review the information 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) are available.


Directions and parking information: Click here for exams proctored at SDSU.


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

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


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