Information About Chemistry Placement Exam

Students majoring in a STEM curriculum require a first course in Chemistry, either: College Chemistry I (CHM 11) or Fundamentals of General Chemistry I (CHM 17) Introduction to College Chemistry (CHM 02) is a pre-requisite for these courses.

Students can place out of CHM 02 by taking a Chemistry Placement Exam or by scoring 75 or higher on the New York State (NYS) high school Regents Chemistry exam. High School students who have passed the Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry Exam with a score of 73% or higher can receive credit for CHM 11. Students who have previously taken Chemistry in a foreign country, please contact us directly for more information.

Test Dates

  • Thursday, September 15, 2022
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • Thursday, November 17, 2022
  • Thursday, December 22, 2022
  • Thursday, December 29, 2022

Chemistry Placement Exam

Introduction to College Chemistry (CHM 02) is a pre-requisite for CHM 11 and CHM 17. You can place out of CHM 02 by taking a Chemistry Placement Exam.

Due to COVID-19, the Chemistry Placement Exam will be administered via CUNY Blackboard.

All exams will start at 12 noon and will take 60 minutes to complete.

The passing score is 25/40

You will need to bring a calculator and a BCC or State-issued ID for identification purposes.

  • To sign up for the CHM Placement Exam, email Ms. Elizabeth Diaz ( and Ms. Daisy McFarlane (
  • The department reserves the right to shift your exam date to the next date if there is insufficient enrollment.
  • Students can take the placement test ONLY ONCE

To sign qualify for a testing accommodation for the CHM Placement Exam, a student must be registered with the BCC Disability Office Services Office and show confirmation of registration to the BCC Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences Office: and  You will be contacted by return email once the time window for the accommodation has been set.

Who is eligible?

Students who have never taken CHM 2 course

Who is NOT eligible?

Students who have taken CHM 2 course AND the following:

  • Received Repeat “R” grade*
  • Received Failure “F” grade
  • Received Withdrew “W” or “WN” grade

* Students who received an “R” grade can attend a 5-day “R” Grade Workshop and passing the workshop will become eligible to take CHM 11 or CHM 17 in the subsequent semesters. Please contact the department for further information.

Chemistry Placement Test Topics

  • Trends in the periodic table
  • Characteristics of atoms, molecules and ions
  • Characteristics of the three states of matter (liquids, solids, gases)
  • Distinguishing between the chemical and physical properties of matter
  • Determining valence and oxidation numbers of elements
  • Properties of acid and base solutions
  • Binary compounds: metals, nonmetals and of 2 nonmetals
  • Conversion between mole and molar mass quantities
  • Balancing of chemical equations
  • Related math skills and calculations, including graphs

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