Wayne State University

Chemistry Placement Exam

Exam information

Please note: this is a test for placement into WSU Chemistry classes, NOT for course credit. If you are interested in credit by exam, please visit the CLEP page for more information.​

Several basic courses at Wayne State University (WSU) are taught with the expectation that the student has attained a certain level of knowledge and skill in the subject. Since it is better to be placed into a lower level course by taking an examination than to fail a higher-level course for which you are not adequately prepared, there is every reason to feel comfortable about taking a placement examination.

The Chemistry Placement Examination is for those students wishing to enroll in CHM 1040, or CHM 1220/1225 and CHM 1230, the laboratory co-requisite. The examination is a computer-based 25-item multiple-choice test, timed for 60 minutes. The exam content is based on a one-year high school chemistry course that included a laboratory. A periodic table and on-screen scientific calculator are provided.  You may bring you own calculator if you wish.  The calculator you bring must be silent, hand-held, non-graphing, non-programmable, and cannot have an alphanumeric keyboard.  Review material is available at http://www.chem.wayne.edu/students/undergrad_placement.html. This examination may only be taken once per semester. Test results are valid for four semesters. The examination fee is $25.00.

Rescheduling, refunds, and fees

  1. You may reschedule a test registration a maximum of three times per fee payment.
  2. A refund can be processed only if it is made before the day of the examination. Requests for refunds made on or after the examination date, or after the third reschedule, cannot be honored.
  3. Examination fees not rescheduled or refunded are subject to forfeiture after one calendar year.
  4. Test fees are subject to change without notice.

On the day of the examination

Bring government-issued, current, signed, photo-bearing identification with you to the examination. You may bring a calculator that meets the criteria described above. You will also need your WSU Access ID and password in order to log in to Blackboard.  Scratch paper and a pencil will be provided.  Valid identification is required to take the test.  The WSU OneCard is not acceptable identification. Be on time. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

Examination schedule

Test results from the dates listed below are valid for course placement for the following semesters:


Spring/Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, and Spring/Summer 2019







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10:00 a.m.




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2:00 p.m.



How to register for an examination

This examination is not administered on a walk-in basis. You must register to reserve a seat for the examination at least two business days in advance of the desired date, provided that room capacity has not already been reached.

  1. In Person Registration: If you wish to pay your test fee(s) with a check, money order, or WSU OneCard, come to Testing, Evaluation and Research Services, Room 686 Student Center Building, 5221 Gullen Mall (map). Make your check or money order payable to Wayne State University. You may also use our public computer to make your credit card payment. Cash will not be accepted.
  2. Online registration: Click the "Register for a test" button on the bottom of this page.  This will lead you to the online registration system where you may pay with a credit or debit card and choose your test date. You will receive an email confirmation of your payment and registration.

Special accommodations

If you have a documented disability that requires testing accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of these accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services Department. To schedule an appointment, call 313-577-1851. Information about SDS can be found at http://studentdisability.wayne.edu/ .

Register or Reschedule a test