The CPE will test your knowledge of basic chemical information,
the ability to do numerical problems using chemical information, and mathematical
skills at the level of algebra. The actual CPE consists of 35 questions that
can be organized into following five categories:
Chemical formulas, naming compounds, and balancing equations
Quantitative chemical problems
Physical and chemical properties of atoms and molecules
Problem solving and algebra skills
The practice examination consists of only 20 questions distributed
similarly among the categories and with a difficulty level similar to or slightly
higher than that of the actual examination. The practice exam may be taken repeatedly,
but the actual exam may be attempted only once. The practice exam has no time
limit, but the actual exam has a 90-minute time limit.
Chemistry Bridge Course CHEM 1101
The chemistry department offers a Chemistry Bridge Course (CHEM 1101) which can be valuable for improving
your preparation for CHEM 1307.
For students who score between 15-20(43-57%) on the Chemistry Placement Examination,
five Face-to-Face sections of the Bridge
Course (CHEM 1101 -001 to -005) will be offered
August 19-23, 2013. A
special benefit of the Bridge Course is that students who scored 15-17(43-49%) on the Chemistry Placement Examination will be permitted into CHEM 1307 if
they pass the final Assessment Examination given at the end of the Bridge Course. For students who scores between 26-35(60-100%)
on the Chemistry Placemant Examination, an online section of the Bridge Course (CHEM 1101-D01-D20) will be offered August
The Face to Face sections of the Bridge Course (CHEM 1101 -001 to -005) will be offered August 19-23, 2013.
the course consists of five, two-hour sessions, one each day with
mandatory attendance. The course will be taught in a computer lab with each session
divided into 2-3 segments of lecture followed by guided practice using an on line
chemistry learning environment web site. When you register for this course a special
instructional fee is charged which will cover the cost of a work book you will receive and
access to an online chemistry learning environment web site.
If your CPE score is 15-17, you are not presently eligible to enroll in CHEM 1307
but must enroll in the preparatory course, CHEM 1301, instead. However,
if you successfully complete one of the Face to Face CHEM 1101 Sections -001
to -005, you will be permitted to enroll in CHEM 1307.
If your CPE score is 18-20(51-57%), you are eligible to enroll in CHEM 1307, but because
you have a low passing score, your performance in CHEM 1307 may be
enhanced by attending the face to face bridge course CHEM 1101 sections -001 to 005.
If your CPE score is 21(60%) or above, you are eligible to enroll in CHEM 1307, but because you
have a moderate to high passing score, you may feel that you would benefit from the review that the ONLINE version of the Bridge
Course provides. The online version of the Bridge Course (CHEM 1101 -D01-D20) will be
available August 5-16, 2013. You can register for this course when you register for your other fall courses.
You will need to purchase access to a
chemistry learning environment web site for the online course. At the start of the course you will receive instructions on how to make this purchase online.
Chemistry Preparation Course Summer Availability
CHEM 1301 is available in summer session II,
July 6, 2013
August 9, 2013
Classes will be held each weekday from 8:00 AM - 9:50 AM. If you successfully complete CHEM 1301 during this
summer session, you will be able to enroll in CHEM 1307 in the Fall
semester and stay on
track for completing the first year of chemistry courses by May
If you are interested in taking CHEM 1301 d
uring the second summer session, and you
are a new Texas Tech Student, you should discuss this possibility with your academic
advisor during New Student Orientation. Your advisor can arrange the details of your
enrollment. If you want to take this course and your orientation is scheduled for
July 6, 2013, please contact your major department advisor before
July 6, 2013, so that
your enrollment can be arranged.
Students may take the practice placement exam any time before taking the real chemistry
Students may take the placement exam to register for Chemistry 1307.
Faculty and Advisors
Chemistry department faculty and advisors can view a students placement scores or
other related statistics.