Chemistry Placement Exam


Are you planning on being a Science major (Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Geology, Chemistry), Pre-Med, Pre-Dent, Pre-Vet, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Neuroscience?  Then you will need to complete General Chemistry (CHEM 111, 112)!  Registration for the introductory Chemistry courses requires completion of the placement exam.  You cannot register for CHEM 111 without a placement score on file.  Furthermore, any student wishing to register for CHEM 101, Foundations of Chemistry, must also take the Chemistry Placement test.

The test is a 55-minute test with 60 graded questions that we use to recommend the best starting CHEMISTRY course for you.  All of those majors/areas/career paths noted above will require completion of General Chemistry I and II (CHEM 111 and 112).  We want you to be successful in those courses, so we are giving you this test.  We have seen that students with a score of lower than 35 (out of 60) have less than a 25% success rate in General Chemistry.   If your score is lower than 35, we have another course for you to start with, CHEM 101 – Foundations of Chemistry– whose purpose is to build your math and science study skills while teaching you some very basic chemistry so that you WILL be successful when you take CHEM 111.  Students with a score of 35 or greater can choose to sign up directly for CHEM 111 during registration.

In order to sign up for either CHEM 101 or 111 you HAVE TO take this exam at some point, so now is probably the best time.  You must take the test to register for CHEM 101 or 111 in Banner.

How to Access the Test

The test is administered online, using our course management system, Canvas.  In order to take the test, you will need a current UMW user account (username and password) to login.

New incoming students may access the test through EagleBound at the following link:

All other students should contact Dr. Charles Sharpless at the below email address for directions.

Contact Information

To get more information and be placed on the list to get access to the test, email Dr. Charles Sharpless at