Chemistry Placement Exam

If you expect to enroll in CHEM 101 (e.g. you are majoring in science, engineering or health), you are required take the Chemistry Placement examination. Nursing students are not required to take this examination.

The Chemistry Placement examination is based on topics you have covered in your high school courses; there are no sample questions available. Students who have not taken Chemistry in high school do not need to take the Chemistry placement examination as they will not enroll in CHEM 101.

You are allowed one (1) hour to complete your examination. You may use a calculator; however it is important that you complete this test on your own, without help from a textbook or another person. The purpose of this test is to determine the most appropriate course for you, based on your academic background, so we can maximize your success in your first year at Drexel. An accurate assessment of your understanding of chemical concepts will help your advisor place you in the appropriate course.

General Chemistry Course Notes

  • CHEM 101: assumes familiarity with basic chemical concepts, such as elements and compounds, chemical equations, and stoichiometry; therefore, those concepts are only briefly reviewed
  • CHEM 101 Honors: covers the same content as CHEM 101, with a greater focus on detailed explanations and applications; this section is open only to students enrolled in the Honors College
  • CHEM 111: assumes limited or no familiarity with introductory chemical concepts
  • CHEM 108: for nursing students
  • CHEM 151: for business students

There are 30 multiple-choice questions on the exam. The following topics are covered:

  • Model of an Atom
  • Atomic Structure
  • Isotopes
  • Mole
  • Periodic Table
  • States of Matter
  • Molecular Formula
  • Molecular Compounds
  • Ionic Compounds
  • Balancing Chemical Equations
  • Limiting Reagents
  • Acids and Bases
  • Oxidation States
  • Ideal Gas Law

For more information regarding other placement examinations, please access the Guide to Taking the Placement Examination(s).