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Chemistry Placement Test

Who Takes the Test?

Anyone who wishes to enroll in Chemistry 111A must take the test. Students will not be allowed to register for Chemistry 111A until they have taken and passed the placement test. A passing grade in Chemistry 90 will not allow you to enroll in Chemistry 111A. Beginning fall 2012, Chemistry 90 is offered in a ten-week format and students should register to take the placement test offered shortly after.

Why Take the Test?

Chemistry 111A assumes that students have mastered the material covered in prerequisite courses. Much of the material in the first four weeks of class was covered in earlier science classes, as well as in high school chemistry classes. If students do not have prerequisite skills to work with this material, they will have difficulty in succeeding in Chemistry 111A. If students have forgotten the content of earlier courses, or if they are not confident about their skills, they should take Chemistry 90 before enrolling in Chemistry 111A. Conversely many students waste time taking Chemistry 90 unnecessarily when they are adequately prepared for Chemistry 111A. The CPT is designed to place students into the appropriate course.


Score Report Information and Course Placement

Students will be notified of their appropriate placement by E-mail. Students are asked not to call the Chemistry/Biochemistry Department for results. For information regarding registration or score reporting, please contact the Testing Department at (562) 985-4007. After receiving results, students must register for the permitted lecture on their assigned registration date(s).

Students who score below the required scored for enrolling in Chemistry 111A will be notified to register for Chemistry 90.

Preparatory Course

Chemistry 90 is a 4-unit course designed to help students prepare for Chemistry 111A and subsequent chemistry courses. It stresses basic principles and concepts, including atomic structure, nomenclature and chemical calculations with emphasis on problem solving.

Jump Start Chemistry.

Jump Start Chemistry is offered through CCPE as a 45 contact hour not-for-credit course in winter and summer sessions in a compressed three-week format. Jump Start Chemistry is designed to prepare students for the placement test which is offered as the culminating activity. Jump start is for those students interested in the accelerated format or who have credit in Chemistry 101 but have not passed the placement test.


For registration instructions, please read the CPT Bulletin.


CPT Test Dates and  Registration Deadlines

  • 06/17/17 at 9:00 a.m.                 Deadline: 06/07/16
  • 07/21/17 at 9:00 a.m.                    Deadline: 07/07/17  
  • 11/04/17 at 7:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.                                Deadline: 10/20/17
  • 01/05/18 at 9:00 a.m.                    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • 04/06/18 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.                                Deadline: 03/23/18

Note: registrations must be received by the above deadlines by 5:00 p.m.