#### Chemistry Placement Exam

**What is the Chemistry Placement Exam?**

- The chemistry placement exam is a paper and pencil exam for students who wish to challenge credentials for entry into CHM 211. (In other words, students who wish to avoid CHM 111.)
- Questions are provided in a paper test booklet. Students may not write in the test booklet.
- Answers will be submitted on a Scantron answer sheet. Students will be asked to provide:
- Full Name, Date, Student ID, Email Address and Major.
- Students will be allowed 60 minutes to take the exam.
- Tests will not be scored by University College. Tests will be submitted daily to the Chemistry Department for scoring. Scores will not be immediately available.

**Who is eligible to take the exam?**

- Any student may take the placement exam, including those students who already qualify for CHM 211. Students without an ACT/SAT mathematics score or those students with ACT math scores below 23 must take the placement exam if they wish to bypass the CHM 111 pre-requisite.

**Why should a student take the placement exam?**

- The placement exam allows students to bypass one or more math courses and a chemistry preparatory course. This offers the chance to get through the sequence more rapidly, but at a potential cost.
- A study of over 600 CHM 211 students over two years showed that students with ACT scores of 19 and lower pass CHM 211 at about a 30% rate and make “A”s and “B” at about a 10% rate. CHM 111 raises the pass rate to 70% and the “A/B” rate to 35%. Students with a math ACT score of 20 go from a 50% pass rate with a 20% “A/B” rate to 85% pass rate with a 75% “A/B” rate.
- In short, CHM 111 improves the grades of the vast majority of students who attempt it, including those with ACT scores of 21 and higher.

**What am I allowed to utilize during the exam?**

- Personal belongings (backpack, purse, etc.) are not allowed in the testing area and will be held in a secure location.
- Cell phones or other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area.
- Students are allowed to have #2 pencils and blank scratch paper. Paper will be collected after test.
- Students may NOT write on the test booklet.
- University College will provide a non-programmable calculator.

**How do I schedule an exam and where is it?**

- To schedule an exam, students should call University College at (304) 696-3169 to schedule an appointment.
- Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Tests will be administered in Communications Building Room 212. Please check in at front desk.
- At this time, the Chemistry Placement Exam does not require an exam fee.

**If I do not pass the exam, may I take it again?**

- A student may take the exam at most 3 times per year (once each in the fall and spring semesters and once during the summer). The attempts must be separated by at least 3 months.