Chemistry Placement Exam

Exam information

August 31, 2021:

  • Testing for Fall 2021 classes has ended
  • The new schedule and testing methods will be posted by October 1st


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 offered during the Winter semester are valid for Spring/Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring/Summer 2022 

  • The last date for Spring/Summer 2021 classes is May 6. 

Exams offered during the Spring/Summer semester are valid for Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring/Summer 2022, and Fall 2022 

  • The exam will be offered on Mondays, Wendesdays, and Fridays (except for May 31st - Memorial Day, and July 5th - Fourth of July holiday observed) beginning May 24th. It may be taken at any time during the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

  • The actual exam dates will be displayed in our Automated System for Test Registration Online (ASTRO) beginning May 10th. These dates may close, reopen and close again as students register and drop out prior to the test date.  Only the available dates will appear in the test registration system.

  • The last date for Fall 2021 classes is September 1st. 

How to register for an examination

If you are an incoming first year student for Fall 2021 and were admitted through our test-optional pathway, see the special note below. All other students must register for the exam in advance according to the following guide:

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

When registration for a test date has closed, it will no longer be displayed in ASTRO.

  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 
  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.

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