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Chemistry Placement

​​​​​​​Chemistry Placement Test

The Chemistry Placement Test is offered for students who wish to enroll in Chemistry 200A - General Chemistry and bypass the prerequisite of Chemistry 100 - Introductory Chemistry.​

Starting November 8, 2021 students will be able to make an appointment to take the Chemistry Placement exam.

Students who want to take this test need to do the following:

• Apply to SCC and have a 7-digit SCC Student ID number.

• Schedule an appointment to take the Chemistry Placement Test by calling our Counseling Center at (714) 628-4800 or visiting our Center in Room D-106.

What to Bring and What to Expect on your Testing Day

Come prepared!  On the day of your appointment, you will be given 45 minutes to complete 44 multiple choice questions.  You will need to do the following:

  • ​Arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  

  • Pay for a daily parking pass (if you do not have a valid parking sticker). 

  • Testing will be administered in SCC's room E-307.  

  • ​Bring your identification (SCC Student ID, drivers license, passport, etc.).

  • ​Please do not bring any materials to the test.  A basic calculator and a periodic table will be provided to you during your exam.  

​Preparing for your Chemistry Placement Test

We want you to succeed!  Please prepare for this test by reviewing an Introductory Chemistry textbook prior to taking the Chemistry Placement Test at SCC.  You can also review the Chemistry Placement Test Sample Questions below.  This will help to prepare you for some of the basic concepts covered on this test.

Chemistry Placement Test Sample Questions

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Chemistry Placement Test Policies

Students are allowed to re-test after 6 months of taking the assessment.  We do not accept Chemistry Placement results from other colleges.  Placement results are valid for 5 years.

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To be considered for Chemistry 200A without taking the placement exam, students must have:

  • ​​Passed high school Honors Chemistry with a high grade, passed AP Chemistry in HS, and/or received a 2 on the Chemistry AP exam. 

  • Fill out the Requisite Challege Form below and supporting documentation (i.e. high school transcript or AP exam results) 

  • For final determination of your request, email the Chemistry Department Chair the documentation listed above for review.  If you have any questions about this process, please see a counselor.

C​link to access the Requisite Challenge Form.pdf

Chemistry Department Contact:

Jeffrey Wada, Associate Professor of Chemistry  E-mail:

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Contact: Counseling Department

Location: D-106

Phone: 714.628.4800

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