Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Placement Testing in Chemistry


General Chemistry I (CHEM 1230)

Success in this course requires that you have sufficient background in mathematics and chemistry in order to understand the material and achieve your highest potential.   We evaluate your preparation with a chemistry placement exam and a consideration of other information in your record. If the curriculum of your major requires you to complete CHEM 1230, in most cases you will be required to take a chemistry placement test. 

Placement Criteria:  You will be qualified to register for CHEM 1230 through any of the following ways:

  • Scoring at or above 50% on the ALEKS Initial Assessment.
  • If your Initial Assessment is below 50%, but you use the Learning Mode and subsequent Assessments to reach 50% or above. However, in this case you will also enroll in CHEM 1200, Problem-Solving in General Chemistry, which is a workshop class aimed at assisting you throughout the CHEM 1230 class.  CHEM 1200 is a 1 credit hour course which meets weekly during which time you will be guided through exercises by an advanced student.
  • Completing CHEM 1090, Elementary Chemistry, with a grade of C or above either at UT or another university and your credit is transferred to UT.

If you do not meet any of these criteria you will need to complete CHEM 1090 and earn a grade of C or above in order to take CHEM 1230 in a subsequent semester. If you have not completed at least a year of high school chemistry you will enroll in CHEM 1090, Elementary Chemistry before taking CHEM 1230. 

Only one placement exam is available for General Chemistry:

Topics for the questions include, but are not limited to:

  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Calculations using scientific notation and the proper number of significant figures
  • Interpretation of graphs
  • Balancing chemical equations
  • States of matter
  • Periodic table interpretation and significance
  • Names and formulas for compounds
  • Stoichiometric calculations
  • Gas law
  • Molecular geometry

Further Information:  Send questions to Dr. Kristi Mock


Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHEM 1120)
This class is for students who are majoring in nursing or a small number of other allied health fields.  It presumes one year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.  All who wish to take this course must complete the Health Sciences Chemistry Placement Exam (link below). An initial assessment score of 39% of higher will place you into CHEM 1120.  Scores below 39% place you into CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences, which must be successfully completed before taking CHEM 1120.  In general you should take CHEM 1110 before 1120. If you do not reach 39% on your initial assessment you may work in the system to reach 39%. Once you reach 39% you will be permitted to enroll in CHEM1120.

To begin your ALEKS placement test, click here: Health Sciences Chemistry Placement Test

Further Information:  Send questions to Dr. Kristi Mock

Last Updated: 6/27/22