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Chemistry Placement

Cutoff Scores and Placement Messages for 2024-2025

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 past experiences with high school chemistry and mathematics courses.

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 2024, Fall 2024, or Spring 2025.

    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 or by calling 217-244-4437 during business hours.

    Test Score

    Placement Message

    0-12Placed into CHEM 101 with or after MATH 112 or a higher-level Math course.1
    13-14Placed into CHEM 101 or CHEM 102.1
    15-30Placed into CHEM 102. With a score of 18 or higher, consider CHEM 202 depending on student's major and interest.

    1 Ask your advisor about graduation credit policies for Chemistry 101.


    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.