The chemistry placement examination is an assessment to evaluate readiness for college-level chemistry courses. Directing students to courses where they will be better able to succeed is a priority for the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Success in science curricula depends upon matching students' level of content expertise to the expectations in the entry-level courses as they transition to study here. The assessment involves review of prerequisites, prior chemistry courses, chemistry placement scores, and ALEKS mathematics placement scores. Students' conversation with an academic advisor is essential to weigh these various components for the optimum placement.
The chemistry placement examination is an open-book, 45-minute online tool to evaluate readiness to begin the main science major sequence, CHEM-C 105–106. Students should not receive assistance from any person during the examination to ensure accuracy of the placement process. The exam can be taken on any computer with reliable Internet access, but mobile devices or pads are not suitable for testing. Students must have a valid IU username and will only be allowed one attempt at the examination. Students should connect to the following address:
In this process, students may be asked for an access code and should enter “chem4178” in the box. This access code will be valid through August 18, 2017. Click on the Enroll in Course button and then click on Announcement to see if there are any specific updates or news relating to the placement process. Students should be sure to log off at the completion of the exam.
Scores are provided to students at the conclusion of the exam. This data will be uploaded to students' IUPUI placement score records and will become available to advisors who can assist as needed in determining the appropriate chemistry class.