General Chemistry Placement Exam


Chemistry Placement Exam Schedules and Online Registration:

The next opportunity to take the Chemistry Placement Exams will be during the first week of the spring semester.  The exact date/time will be posted below before the end of the fall term. Register for the exam here.  A limited number of extra exams will be available for walk-ups. If you plan to walk-up remember that you may only bring a *NON-GRAPHING* calculator and that relevant reference materials (forumulas, et. al) will be provided to you at the exam.


Please note: If you have already taken a placement exam and did not pass you may NOT retake the exam.


For additional exam registration inquiries, please contact Candice Adams in the undergraduate office. 215-898-8311 or

Preparing for the Chemistry Placement Exam:

These exams will cover material from Chem 101 and 102 at the same level of difficulty as presented at Penn.

The exam questions will range from concept-oriented to problems requiring a specific numerical solution. Although there may be some "multiple choice" questions, many problems will not be multiple choice and will require all work to be written on the exam.


Please be sure to bring a non-graphical scientific calculator.

To prepare for the exams you should review material from the following text.  We do not provide old exams.:

 Zumdahl: Chemical Principles - 8th Edition


Chem101: Chapters 1 through 5, 12, 13, 14, 16.
Chem102: Chapters 6 through 11, and 15.



Chemistry 101 Exam:

Date:  Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (Monday class schedule)

Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: CHEM 102


Chemistry 102  Exam:

Date:  Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: CHEM 102


Registration will close at noon on Tues., January 15, 2019.


Please arrive 15 minutes before the exam and bring your PennCard for check-in. 












For exam inquiries, please contact Candice Adams in the undergraduate office. 215-898-8311 or

Department of Chemistry

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

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