Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE)


Chemistry Placement Exam

Welcome to the Chemistry Placement Exam Webpage. Information regarding why one would need to take the CPE and interpreting the results thereof can be found on the Main CPE webpage.

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

6 questions

Quantitative chemical problems

5 questions

Physical and chemical properties of atoms and molecules

15 questions

Chemical reactions

2 questions

Problem solving and algebra skills

7 questions

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.

Practice Exam
Students may take the practice placement exam any time before taking the real chemistry placement exam.          
Placement Exam
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.