Placement into the introductory Chemistry courses is based on a combination of the student's score on the Chemistry Placement Exam and the student's highest official ACT Math or SAT Math score. Cutoff scores and placement recommendations are derived in collaboration with the Chemistry Department and are reviewed annually. The policies below apply to all students entering the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022.
- Students who took the ACT or SAT but who chose not to submit their ACT/SAT scores with their application materials should be prepared to share their ACT/SAT Math score with their advisor during their Summer Registration advising appointment.
- Students who did not take the ACT or SAT should be prepared to discuss during their Summer Registration advising appointment the math classes they took in high school and the grades they earned in those math classes.
The online Chemistry Placement Test does not award academic credit. If you wish to take the Chemistry Proficiency Exam, it is offered at the beginning of each fall and spring semester.Questions? Contact "Placement & Proficiency" staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 217-244-4437 during business hours.
1 Only scores from 'the new SAT' (i.e., from March 2016 onward) are accepted.
2 Ask your advisor about graduation credit policies for Chemistry 101.
NOTE TO NON-SCIENCE MAJORS:
CHEM 108 (“Chemistry, Everyday Phenomena”) is offered in the Spring as a course that fulfills the General Education physical science requirement. If interested, please discuss this option with your academic advisor during Summer Registration.