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

  • Monday, August 24, 2020
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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.

All exams will start at 12 noon and will take 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete.

Passing score is 25/40

Plan to arrive in the Chemistry Department office in Meister Hall Rm-813 at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam.

You will need to bring #2 pencils, a calculator and a BCC or State issued ID for identification purposes.

  • To register for the test send an email to or call at 718-289-5569. Please indicate your Full Name, CUNYfirst Emplid Number, Major and preferred Test Date.
  • Students can take the placement test ONLY ONCE

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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