Chemistry Placement Test Instructions

You must complete the chemistry placement test before you register for General Chemistry (CHEM 111) or Foundations of Chemistry (CHEM 101).

This test is only necessary for students planning to enroll in chemistry courses.  This includes the following intended courses of study: biology, environmental science (all tracks), chemistry, climate science minor, geology (all tracks), neuroscience minor, pre-conservation in fine art minor, pre-medical studies (including physician’s assistant track), pre-veterinary studies.  If you do not intend to pursue one of these courses of study you do not need to take this test.

You only need to complete the exam once, and we encourage you to take it now.  This will make it easier to register for classes in the future.

Nicole Crowder, assistant professor of chemistry works with students on a research project. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

How To Take the Test:

  • Access the test using the following link – Chemistry Placement Test
  • Log in using your UMW username and password
  • Click on the “Enroll In Course” button
  • Then click the “Go to the Course” button
  • Read the instructions carefully, open the periodic table link, and click the yellow button to begin the test.

 

Helpful Information

How to Interpret the Results

The below table below shows the recommended course to register for based on your test score and either SAT or ACT math scores.

Test Score MATH SAT MATH ACT Recommended Starting Course
30 or below Any Any CHEM 101
31 to 34 Below 500 Below 21 CHEM 101
Above 500 Above 21 CHEM 111
35 or above Any Any CHEM 111

*Please note that the chemistry placement scores are not automatically reported to Banner.   Please allow at least 3 days (not including weekends) for the scores to be processed.  Do not email the registrar’s office or chemistry department to inquire about a chemistry placement test score upload to Banner. 

 

 

In Case of Problems or Questions

  • Trouble accessing the test? Contact the UMW Help Desk (helpdesk@umw.edu or 540-654-2255)
  • Questions about the test? Contact Professor Kelli Slunt (kslunt@umw.edu)

ALEKS Summer Preparation

All UMW Chemistry 101 and 111 courses will use McGraw-Hill’s online ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) online adaptive learning system.  All students enrolled in these courses will receive information shortly before or during orientation about accessing this system.  All students should consider using the summer chemistry prep module that comes with ALEKS access, but those students with placement test scores below 35 should consider the summer prep as a necessary step to ensure academic success.