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Toledo Chemistry Placement Exam

Who Should Take the Chemistry Placement Test?

Any student admitted to a program in the College of Engineering and Science, any students interested in pre-Dent, pre-Med, pre-PA or Nursing, or any student wanting to take a Chemistry class should take the Chemistry placement test.

TCPE (Toledo Chemistry Placement Exam)

Along with many other colleges and universities nationwide, UDM administers the 2010 Toledo Chemistry Placement Exam (TCPE).  The TCPE is written by the American Chemical Society and evaluates a student’s general math and algebra skills, as well as overall knowledge of chemistry.  It is designed and used to evaluate how well a student is prepared for freshman chemistry courses taught at UDM.  Results will be used to ensure that the student’s background in chemistry and math is adequate for success.

Engineering & Science Students (Pre-Med/Dent/PA, 5-Year PA, 7-Year Dent):  Placement into CHM 1050 or CHM 1070
Nursing Students:  Placement into CHM 1015 or CHM 1025

Strong Recommendation:  Prior to Orientation, reviewing the chemistry you have had in high school and reviewing study guides for the Toledo Chemistry Placement exam may help improve your placement. 

Note: Students in accelerated 5-year PA or 7-year Dent programs that place into CHM 1050 will have to take a Chemistry course in the Summer to stay in proper course sequence.

What is on the Chemistry Placement Test?

The test consists of 60 math and chemistry questions. Part 1 is 20 math-based questions, Part 2 is 20 general chemistry questions and Part 3 is 20 specific chemistry questions. The math questions cover math skills up to and including college-level algebra. The chemistry questions cover topics including: measurements, unit conversions, classifications of matter (elements, isotopes, ions, compounds) and change (chemical/physical), trends of the periodic table, ionic and covalent bonding, moles, writing/balancing chemical formulas/equations, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, oxidation/reduction, states of matter, pressure/volume/temperature relationships (gas laws), quantum theory, solubility and solutions, equilibria, acids and bases, kinetics and thermodynamics.

You will have 55 minutes to complete the test.  You may use a scientific calculator, but you must bring one. Scrap paper, pencil and a Periodic Table of the Elements will be provided to you.

Guidelines for Calculator Use

The following types of calculators are NOT permitted: