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Chemistry Placement Test

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Santiago Canyon College is closed and courses are taking place through temporary remote instruction through the end of the Spring semester. At this time, we will not be administering the Chemistry Placement Test. To be considered without taking the placement exam, students must have passed HS Honors Chemistry with a high grade, passed AP Chemistry in HS, and/or received a 2 on the Chemistry AP exam. Please submit the form below and supporting documentation to the Chemistry Deparment Chairs for review.​  They will make the final determination for your request. If you have any questions about this process, please see a counselor.

Requisite Challenge Form:​

Chemistry Department Contacts:

Denise Bailey, Associate Professor of Chemistry​ E-mail:

Jeffrey Wada, Associate Professor of Chemistry  ​E-mail:

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

  1. Apply to SCC and have a 7 digit SCC Student ID number.
  2. Schedule an appointment to take the Chemistry Placement Test by calling our Counseling Center at (714) 628-4800 or visiting the our Center in Room D-106. 

Disability-Related Accommodations:

Students who require disability-related accommodations must request them at least two weeks prior to taking the American College English (ACE) or Chemistry 200A assessment. To arrange for assessment accommodations, contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) at 714-628-4860 to schedule an evaluation of needs.

Scheduled Dates for Spring 2020

Chemistry Placement Test  

​​Below is the chart with the dates we have available for this test.  If you cannot attend any of these dates, please contact our Assessment Office for an individual exam date at (714) 628-4812.



​March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

​3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


​March 5

​​10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.


​March 26

​11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


​April 13, 27

​​11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


​May 17, 28

​​​10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.


​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:

  1. ​​Arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  
  2. Pay for a daily parking pass (if you do not have a valid parking sticker). 
  3. Testing will be administered ​in SCC's room E-307.  
  4. Bring your identification​ (SCC Student ID, drivers license, passport, etc.).

  5. 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

​​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.​​