Chemistry Placement Exam

Exam information

January 10th, 2022:

The Chemistry Department has requested an additional test date for Winter 2022 classes. That date will be January 13, 2022. Follow the directions below to register.

If you have questions about your placement status or options for Winter 2022, please contact the Chemistry Department advisor at

Placement testing for the Spring/Summer semester will begin in early February. We are currently assessing whether testing will be online or in person. We will post details regarding our decision soon.


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 introductory courses at Wayne State University (WSU) are taught with the expectation that the student has attained a certain level of prior knowledge and skill in the subject. Placement tests have been designed to ensure that you have the required prior knowledge before taking a class. It is better to be placed into a lower level course by an examination than to fail a higher-level course for which you are not adequately prepared. Prepare to do your best by reviewing the material on the web sites indicated and getting plenty of rest the night before your exam(s).  

The Chemistry Placement Examination is for those students wishing to enroll in CHM 1040, or CHM 1100/1125 and CHM 1130, the laboratory co-requisite. The examination is a computer-based 40-item multiple-choice test, timed for 120 minutes. The exam content is based on a one-year high school chemistry course that included a laboratory. A periodic table with additional reference information is provided. A non-graphing/non-programmable calculator is allowed and is required to complete the mathematical calculations on the exam. Review material is available at This examination may only be taken once per semester. Test results are valid for four semesters.

 Students are required to achieve Mathematics Placement beyond MAT 0993 prior to enrollment in CHM 1040.  Questions about pre-requisite requirements for Chemistry courses can be directed to Erin Bachert, Academic Services Officer I, Chemistry Department, at 

Note: The course numbers listed above are effective Fall 2021. 

Rescheduling, refunds, and fees

  1. The examination fee is $25.00.
  2. You may reschedule a test registration a maximum of three times per fee payment.
  3. 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.
  4. Examination fees not rescheduled or refunded are subject to forfeiture after one calendar year.
  5. Test fees are subject to change without notice.

Prior to and on the day of the examination

For remote testing you will be sent detailed instructions by 6:00 p.m. the day before the exam. These instructions will be sent to your WSU access ID email address. If you do not find them in your inbox, check your Junk or Spam folders. If you have not receieved them send an email to and they will be resent the morning of the exam. 

The test will be administered through the Canvas Learning Management System.  You log into this system using your own WSU Access ID and password. A non-graphing/non-programmable calculator is allowed, but not required. Scratch paper is allowed.

For in person testing, bring your WSU OneCard, or government-issued, current, signed, photo-bearing identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID). The identification presented must be an original document.  Valid identification is required to test. You will also need your WSU Access ID and password.  You may bring a calculator that meets the criteria described above.  Scratch paper and a pencil will be provided.  Be on time. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

Examination schedule

Exams taken during the Fall semester are valid for Winter 2022, Spring/Summer 2022, Fall  2022, and Winter 2023.

  • Beginning October 4, 2021, the test will be available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday except for dates that fall on or are affected by University holidays. It may be taken at any time during the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m

  • All available dates will appear in the online test registration system (ASTRO).The last date for Winter 2022 classes was January 6, 2022. NOTE: We do not recommend delaying until this last date.

  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 has been added for Winter 2022 course placement.

How to register for an examination

  1. Online registration: Click the "ASTRO" 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
    • Your payment receipt will be sent to whatever email address you put into the payment system
    • Your registration confirmation will be sent to your WSU access ID email address 
    • There may be an up to two hour delay before your registration is finalized. If you do not receive both emails within two hours, please contact the Testing and Evaluation office at 313-577-3400 option 1, or 
  2. In Person Registration: ***NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE 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.

When registration for a test date has closed, it will no longer be displayed in ASTRO. Dates will close when filled or when registration ends. Registration will not be available according to the following:

  • Monday test dates – the preceding Friday
  • Tuesday test dates – the preceding Monday
  • Wednesday test dates – the preceding Tuesday
  • Thursday test dates – the preceding Wednesday
  • Friday test dates – the preceding Thursday

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 .

Click ASTRO to go to our online registration system
once you have read and understood the above instructions