General Chemistry Lab Waivers

Students who pass the Penn Chemistry Placement exam(s) AND who have a Chemistry AP exam score of 5 (or an IB score of 6 or 7) may apply for a waiver for the general chemistry laboratories.  Please note you are only eligible to apply for a waiver for the lab which corresponds to the placement exam you pass, e.g., Chem 053 for Chem 101 and Chem 054 for Chem 102.


Students who have not passed a Penn Chemistry Placement exam, but do have a 5 on the Chemistry AP exam (or an IB score of 6 or 7) may apply for a waiver for the second semester laboratory, Chem 054, but only after successfully completing the first semester lab, Chem 053.


Waiver requests will not be evaluated for students who do not meet one of the two requirements listed above.


How to apply for a waiver:


For labs to be considered for review, you will need to submit the following information from your AP or IB chemistry lab class:


  • lab reports (showing student name and grade earned)
  • lab notebook
  • lab syllabus / list of experiments performed in YOUR high school AP / IB class [do NOT submit the generic list of labs “recommended” by the College Board]



Submit as many of your own graded lab reports and/or notebooks as possible. A syllabus listing all labs required for YOUR AP class is very helpful, but does not remove the need to submit a representative sample of your own work in lab so the level and quality of the experiments can be assessed.


Note: use of a high school “precedent database” for chemistry lab waivers has been discontinued; ALL students are now required to submit these materials, regardless of whether their high school had been evaluated at some point in the past.


You will be contacted via e-mail after your waiver request has been reviewed.




Download the waiver application [.pdf, 63K]


For more information:


Candice Adams

Chemistry Undergraduate Coordinator
Room B12 Chem Bldg., 215-898-8311

Department of Chemistry

231 S. 34 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323

215.898.8317 voice | 215.573.2112 fax |