​​​​​​​​​Chemistry Placement Test

Placement tests are utilized for evaluation of your ability to be placed in coursework at Findlay. Placement in a course with the appropriate level of challenge is vital to your success. By having the results of the various placement tests, academic advisors will know which course you need to be enrolled in for the upcoming semester. 

When is the test taken?

The chemistry placement test is given on campus the morning of your New Student Registration.

Who takes this test?

Students who are taking chemistry at the University of Findlay need to take this placement test. If your program does not require chemistry as a course, you do not need to take this test. 

How do I prepare for the Chemistry placement test?

Here are some topics covered on Findlay's Chemistry Placement Test:

  • Atomic theory
  • Avogadro's Hypothesis
  • Chemical equation balancing
  • Chemical reactions
  • Electronic configuration
  • Nomenclature
  • Periodic table and trends
  • Phases/states of matter
  • Physical properties of matter
  • Unit conversions (English to metric)

Resources to review to prepare for the Chemistry Placement Test

Atomic theory

Avogadro’s Hypothesis

Chemical equation balancing

Chemical reactions

Electronic configuration


Periodic table and trends

Phases/states of matter and physical properties of matter

Unit conversions (English « metric)

What do I need to bring?

Nothing. We provide a pencil, pen, periodic table and calculator when needed. 

What if I have completed a chemistry course at my high school?  Do I still need to take the placement test?

Yes, you still need to take the placement test. Since it may have been a year or two since you have had some of this content, please take the time to look at the review material listed above.

What if I have college credit for a chemistry class already?

If you have college credit for chemistry make sure to tell your adviser. You will want to request that an official transcript be sent to UF from the college where you received the credit. The college credit you received will determine your placement.

What if I have taken the AP test in chemistry?

Unless you have received your AP scores and know that you have college credit for chemistry, you should take the placement test. Once your AP scores are reported to UF, your schedule can be adjusted as needed. Please check with your advisor about any possible schedule changes.

What if I feel my chemistry placement is incorrect?

There will be an opportunity to re-take the placement test on either the Sunday afternoon of orientation weekend or on Tuesday evening the first week of classes. To be eligible for this re-take you (the student) must pre-register for the test at least 48-hours ahead and pay the $20 fee before you can take the test. You can pre-register by emailing us at [email protected]​.​

How long is my placement test score good for?

The placement score on the test is good for two years. If a student wishes to enroll in a chemistry course that has a prerequisite of “approved score on placement exam” after the two years, the placement test will have to be repeated. 


If you have any questions about the chemistry placement test, please email us at [email protected]