Chemistry Placement Exam

The chemistry placement exam is an on-line exam to help you decide which beginning chemistry course is best for you. Students who wish to take a chemistry course or who are required to take a chemistry course for their major typically take one of two paths:

CHE-106 Introduction to Chemical Principles and CHE 108 Chemical Thermodynamics and Equilibrium: This is a two semester (Fall and January), two course sequence that covers the same material as CHE-107. This course (CHE-106, fall) and its companion (CHE-108, J-term) are being offered as an alternative to CHE-107 in order to better support students with varying levels of preparation and reasons for taking chemistry. Additionally, the material covered in CHE-106 is designed to fulfill the chemistry prerequisite for the nursing program at GAC and students taking general chemistry for nursing prerequisites only are encouraged to enroll in CHE-106.
CHE-107 Principles of Chemistry: This course will provide a basic understanding of key chemistry principles and aims to prepare students for upper-level chemistry and biology coursework
You MUST take the complete chemistry placement exam if:
  • You need to take a chemistry course for your major or minor.
  • You need to take a chemistry course for pre-professional school requirements.
  • You need to take a chemistry course for nursing requirements AND plan to attend graduate school.
You must click on the placement exam link, but you won't have to take the entire exam:
  • You are taking introductory chemistry for nursing prerequisites only. You should still, however, start the placement exam and select NURSING as a major- (you will not need to finish the exam) this will give you an opportunity to select your preferences for lecture and lab and obtain registration permissions.
Your performance on the placement exam or your answers to the demographic questions will in no way limit your ability to register for a chemistry course or impact your course grade.

Still not sure what you should do? Check out the advising guide below!

Flow Chart for students determining what to do for General Chemistry in the Fall.

Incoming Gustavus Students

Students MUST have their placement exam completed and submitted 1 week BEFORE Gustie Gear-up or phone registration.

Instructions for Taking the Chemistry Placement Exam

  • We assume that you can take the placement test on the Web, if not at home, then at a library or other location.
  • If you encounter technical problems or have questions, you may send an email to a chemistry professor at avolker2@gustavus.edu or brussell@gustavus.edu.
  • To take the placement exam you will need approximately 30 minutes to work without interruption, however, there is no time limit.
  • You will need scratch paper and a pencil. We also encourage you to have a calculator and periodic table.
  • If you need accommodations for this exam please contact Kelly Karstad at kkarstad@gustavus.edu.

Chemistry Placement Exam for Incoming Students


A letter detailing instructions for registration and your placement will be e-mailed to the email account provided and your Gustavus e-mail after May 1st. The placement exam will remain open until the fall semester begins.

Current Gustavus Students

Instructions for Taking the Chemistry Placement Exam

  • Please take this exam at least one week in advance of speaking with an advisor.
  • We assume that you can take the placement test on the Web, if not at home, then at a library or other location.
  • If you encounter technical problems or have questions, you may send an email to a chemistry professor at avolker2@gustavus.edu or brussell@gustavus.edu.
  • To take the placement exam you will need approximately 30 minutes to work without interruption, you will need scratch paper and a pencil. We also encourage you to have a calculator and periodic table.

Select the link below once you are ready to begin.

Chemistry Placement Exam for Current Students

A letter detailing instructions for registration and your placement will be e-mailed to your @gustavus.edu account within 3 days of completion. The placement exam will remain open until registration ends.