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ONLINE Chemistry Placement Assessment

Overview

The purpose of the ONLINE Chemistry Placement Assessment is to determine which Chemistry class you can enroll in during registration. According to the SDSU General Catalog, enrollment in Chemistry 200 or Chemistry 202 requires satisfying one of the following prerequisites:

1. Completion of Chemistry 100 (Introduction to General Chemistry with Laboratory) with a grade of C or better,

OR

2. Satisfaction of the Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Assessment Requirement and passing the Chemistry Department Placement Assessment

If you passed the AP or IB Chemistry exams, please see the section below the final table for more information.

Assessment and Registration Details

Students who plan on taking Chem 200 or 202 in the Spring 2023 semester--- but who have not taken Chem 100--- are strongly encouraged to register for the online Chemistry Placement Assessment. The Placement Assessment will have two parts: Math and Chemistry assessment portions.  Additionally, we provide you with a Chemistry prep, free of charge. The Chemistry prep is optional and is provided to help you review before taking the actual assessment.

You will have one chance to pass the assessment. The table below gives the registration dates and the week that the assessment will be available to you. Please sign up for one assessment time using this google form which will open at 8am on November 7 for new registrations.

Note that the assessment is ONLINE and is not proctored, but we emphasize that it is not beneficial to cheat — if you take Chem 200 or 202 without the proper chemistry and math background, you stand a good chance of doing poorly in the course and would then need to repeat it.

Assessment Cohort

Registration Deadline

Time Frame of the Assessment:

Cohort 1

November 28 2022 at 08:00 am

November 28 at 10:00 am — December 05 at 10:00am

Cohort 2

December 05 2022 at 08:00 am

December 05 at 10:00 am — December 12 at 10:00 am

Cohort 3

December 12 2022 at 08:00 am

December 12 at 10:00 am — December 19 at 10:00 am

Cohort 4

January 02 2023 at 08:00 am

January 02 at 10:00 am — January 09 at 10:00 am

Cohort 5

January 09 2023 at 08:00 am

January 09 at 10:00 am — January 09 at 10:00 am

Who needs to take the Chemistry Department Placement Assessment?

SDSU recommends that students in the following majors enroll in Chemistry 200 (General Chemistry) or Chemistry 202 (General Chemistry for Engineers) during their first semester at SDSU.

MAJOR

COURSE

Athletic Training

CHEM 200

Biology

CHEM 200

Chemical Physics

CHEM 200 or CHEM 202

Chemistry

CHEM 200

Engineering (Aerospace, Civil, Construction, Environmental, Mechanical)

CHEM 200 or CHEM 202 for most majors (Go to the SDSU General Catalog and mymap for requirements specific to your major)

Environmental Sciences

CHEM 200

Geological Sciences (with emphasis in engineering geology, environmental geosciences, geology, geophysics, and hydrogeology)

CHEM 200 for most majors
(Go to the 
SDSU General Catalog and mymap for requirements specific to your major)

Kinesiology (pre-physical therapy)

CHEM 200

Microbiology

CHEM 200

Physical Science

CHEM 200

Physics

CHEM 200

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit

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

If you received a score of Higher 5-7 on the IB Chemistry exam, you should receive credit for Chemistry 100 and should not need to take the Chemistry Department Placement Assessment.

Passing a high school chemistry class, even an AP or IB class, does not fulfill the required prerequisite(s).

If you intend to enroll in Chemistry 100 your first semester rather than Chemistry 200 or 202, you do not need to take the Chemistry Department Placement Assessment.

Students Requesting Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations for the Chemistry Department Placement Assessment should have their accommodations approved by the SDSU Student Ability Success Center (SASC). SASC information can be found at http://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/sds/ .

Information contained herein is subject to change without notice. 

For more information, please contact Theresa Carlson at tcarlson@sdsu.edu