Chemistry Placement Test

The chemistry placement exam (CPE) is a tool and process used to help place students into a general chemistry course appropriate for their background. Students with sufficient chemistry background as indicated by a ‘passing’ mark on the CPE satisfy the required prerequisite to enroll in CH101, Chemistry: A Molecular Science or CH103: General Chemistry I for Students in Chemical Sciences. Those students for whom remedial work is indicated have the following options to satisfy the prerequisites for enrolling in CH 101: (1) taking and passing with a C- or better, CH111, Preparatory Chemistry or (2) electing to complete satisfactorily a series of on-line ‘modules’ and subsequent evaluative examination.

The CPE is composed of 4 survey questions and 36 questions on chemistry and math topics. The CPE is deployed online via MOODLE, a course management system. Students must have their NCSU-issued unity ID and password to log into the Moodle site. Students will have 60 minutes upon accessing the exam to complete the questions. Only a single login is permitted; each question allows for one submission. Students will need a calculator capable of exponential and logarithmic computations.

  • For students whose first semester will be Summer 2020 or Fall 2020:
    • The CPE will be available from February 24, 2020 to August 25, 2020. To reserve a seat in CH101, incoming freshman should take the exam by May 21, 2020.
  • For students whose first semester will be Spring 2021:
    • The CPE will be available from February 24, 2020 – August 25, 2020 and September 28, 2020 – January 18, 2021. Students who need to take CH101 should take the placement exam two business days before attempting to register for the class.
    • Spring Connect students: Complete the exam by August 25, 2020 or as soon as possible after enrolling to ensure timely registration for a chemistry course.
    • Students admitted in late November:  Complete the exam as soon as possible after enrolling to be able to register for a chemistry course.

Please note the following:

  • The CPE is mandatory for all students planning or required to take CH101 or CH103; one cannot enroll in CH101 or CH103 without satisfactory completion of the CPE. (To determine if you need to take the CPE, find the link to your acadmic program below)
  • Prepare for the CPE – you have only one attempt at the examination: chemistry and math topics covered by the CPE and other suggestions may be found at our CPE support website located at: go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement
  • The earlier one takes the CPE, the earlier one can register for the appropriate course. Delaying the CPE may result in being enrolled in a course section that is not convenient for your schedule or finding sections unavailable.

Specific instructions for accessing the Chemistry Placement Exam along with score interpretation guidelines; options subsequent to taking the CPE; and other information (including contact info) may be found at: go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement

Select your college or program to determine if you need to take the Chemistry Placement Exam:

Agricultural Institute

Students in the Agricultural Institute do not need to take the Chemistry Placement Exam

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam. The only exception is students majoring in Agricultural Business Management (11AGBUSBS) for whom the exam it is highly recommended but not required. If you are unsure of your major you can find this information via your WolfPAW account (https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu).
  • You do not need to take the CPE if you are certain you have credit for CH 101 from AP exams or transfer credit from another school.
  • If the exam is not required for your major but you anticipate wanting or needing to take CH 101 while at NC State, you should go ahead and take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • If you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact Ms. Tricia Buddin at tricia_buddin@ncsu.edu for assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement

*Students majoring in the Life Sciences First Year Program should locate their requirements below under the heading Life Sciences First Year Program

College of Design

  • Students in the College of Design are not required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • If you anticipate wanting or needing to take CH 101 while at NC State (e.g. for a second major or a minor), you should go ahead and take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • You do not need to take the CPE if you are certain you have credit for CH 101 from AP exams or transfer credit from another school.
  • If you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact Ms. Tameka Whitaker at tdallen@ncsu.edufor assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement

College of Education

  • Find your major (or intended major) below to determine if you need to take the Chemistry Placement Exam. If you are unsure of your major you can find this information via your WolfPAW account (https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu).
  • You do not need to take the CPE if you are certain you have credit for CH 101 from AP exams or transfer credit from another school.
  • If the exam is not required for your major but you anticipate wanting or needing to take CH 101 while at NC State (e.g. for a second major or a minor), you should go ahead and take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • If you are still having trouble determining whether you need to take the exam after reviewing the list below, or if you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact Ms. Tremaine Brittian at tlbritti@ncsu.edu 919.513.2023 for assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement
Test Required Major Acad Plan Acad Sub Plan
No Education, Elementary 13ELMEDBS 13ELMEDSTM
Yes Education, High School Math 13MTHEDBS 13MTHEDMS
Yes Education, High School Science 13SCIEDBS 13SCIEDBIO
No Education, Middle Grades Language Arts/Social Studies 13MIDEDBS 13MIDEDLAS
Yes Education, Middle Grades Math (with Science Option) 13MTHEDBS 13MTHEDMSM
Yes Education, Middle Grades Science 13SCIEDBS 13SCIEDMID
Yes Education, Undeclared 13EDUD
Yes Education; Technology, Engineering, and Design 13TDEBS

 

College of Engineering

  • Students in the College of Engineering are required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • You do not need to take the CPE if you are certain you have credit for CH 101 via AP exams or transfer credit from another school, and you are sure you will not be retaking CH 101 at NC State.
  • If you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact Dr. Mary Clare Robbins at mrobbins@ncsu.edu or 919.515.3263 for assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are not required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • If you anticipate wanting or needing to take CH 101 while at NC State (e.g. for a second major or a minor), you should go ahead and take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • You do not need to take the CPE if you are certain you have credit for CH 101 from AP exams or transfer credit from another school.
  • If you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact Ms. Dara Leeder at dara_leeder@ncsu.edu for assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement

College of Natural Resources

  • Find your major (or intended major) below to determine if you need to take the Chemistry Placement Exam. If you are unsure of your major you can find this information via your WolfPAW account (https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu).
  • You do not need to take the CPE if you are certain you have credit for CH 101 from AP exams or transfer credit from another school.
  • If the exam is not required for your major but you anticipate wanting or needing to take CH 101 while at NC State (e.g. for a second major or a minor), you should go ahead and take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • If you are still having trouble determining whether you need to take the exam after reviewing the list below, or if you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact Ms. Yvonne Lee at yvonne_lee@ncsu.edu for assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement
Test Required Major Acad Plan Acad Sub Plan
Yes Environmental Sciences 15ENVSCBS
Yes Environmental Technology & Management 15ENVTBS
Yes Fisheries & Wildlife Science, Fisheries Concentration 15FWSCIBS 15FWSCIF
Yes Fisheries & Wildlife Science, Wildlife Concentration 15FWSCIBS 15FWSCIW
Yes Forest Management 15FORMTBS
* See #1 below Natural Resources in Parks 15PRTBS 15PRTNRR
Yes Natural Resources, Ecosystem Assessment Concentration 15NATREBS 15NATREECO
Yes Natural Resources, Policy & Administration Concentration 15NATREBS 15NATREPOL
* See #2 below Natural Resources, Undeclared 15NTRUD
Yes Paper Science and Engineering 14EFY  14PSEI
* See #1 below Parks Management 15PRTBS 15PRTNRR
* See #1 below Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management 15PRTBS 15PRTNRR
No Professional Golf Management 15PGMBS
* See #1 below Program Management 15PRTBS 15PRTPM
* See #1 below Sport Management 15SPMGTBS
Yes Sustainable Materials & Technology 15SMTBS
* See #1 below Sustainable Tourism 15PRTST
  1. This plan requires 7 hrs of Natural Sciences and CH 101 is on option on the list.
  2. If you are currently in an undeclared major, look at the major(s) that you are considering to determine if the CPE is required.

College of Sciences

  • Find your major (or intended major) below to determine if you need to take the Chemistry Placement Exam. If you are unsure of your major you can find this information via your WolfPAW account (https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu).
  • If the exam is not required for your major but you anticipate wanting or needing to take CH 101 while at NC State (e.g. for a second major or a minor), you should go ahead and take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • If you are still having trouble determining whether you need to take the exam after reviewing the list below, or if you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact the college at enrollment@sciences.ncsu.edu for assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement
Test Required Major Acad Plan Acad Sub Plan
Yes Applied Mathematics 17AMATHBS
Yes Chemistry 17CHEMBS
Yes Geology 17GEOLBS
Yes Marine Sciences, Biological Oceanography Concentration 17MARSCBS 17MARSCBIO
Yes Marine Sciences, Chemistry Concentration 17MARSCBS 17MARSCCHM
Yes Marine Sciences, Geology Concentration 17MARSCBS 17MARSCGEO
Yes Marine Sciences, Meteorology Concentration 17MARSCBS 17MARSCMET
Yes Marine Sciences, Physics Concentration 17MARSCBS 17MARSCPHY
Yes Mathematics 17MATHBS
Yes Meteorology 17METBS
Yes Meteorology – Marine Sciences concentration 17METBS 17METMAR
Yes Natural Resources, Marine & Coastal Resources Concentration 17NATREBS 17NATREMC
Yes Physics 17PHYSBS
No Statistics 17STBS


*Students majoring in the Life Sciences First Year Program should locate their requirements below under the heading Life Sciences First Year Program

Wilson College of Textiles

  • Students in the Wilson College of Textiles are required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • You do not need to take the CPE if you are certain you have credit for CH 101 from AP exams or transfer credit from another school.
  • If you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact Meggie Metcalf (meggie_metcalf@ncsu.edu) for assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement

Exploratory Studies

  • Take the Chemistry Placement Exam if you are considering any majors in the following colleges/programs:
    • College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CPE required for all majors except Agricultural Business Management)
    • College of Education (most majors require the CPE)
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Natural Resources (some majors require the CPE)
    • College of Sciences
    • College of Textiles
  • If you are considering pursuing a career path that includes pre-health professions (pre-med, pre-dental, etc.), you should take the CPE.
  • If the exam is not required for your major but you anticipate wanting or needing to take CH 101 while at NC State (e.g. for a second major or a minor), you should go ahead and take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • If you are still having trouble determining whether you need to take the exam after reviewing the list of majors or if you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact Melissa Simpson at masimpso@ncsu.edu for assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement

Life Sciences First Year Program

  • Students in the Life Sciences First Year Program are required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • Your highest score or processed credit can determine final chemistry placement; however EVERYONE must complete the placement test to be able to enroll in a chemistry course.
  • If you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact lifesciencesfy@ncsu.edu for assistance.
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement

Poole College of Management

  • Students in the Poole College of Management are not required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • If you anticipate wanting or needing to take CH 101 while at NC State (e.g. for a second major or a minor), you should go ahead and take the Chemistry Placement Exam.
  • You do not need to take the CPE if you are certain you have credit for CH 101 from AP exams or transfer credit from another school.
  • If you have questions due to special circumstances, you can contact your advisor for assistance. (Find your advisor here)
  • Detailed information about the CPE, including how to take the exam, is available at go.ncsu.edu/chemplacement