Who should take the Chemistry Placement Test?

The University of Iowa Chemistry Placement Test is recommended for students considering the following majors (learn more: Chemistry Placement Test - where you placed):

Pre-Athletic Training Microbiology
Biochemistry Neuroscience
Biology Nuclear Medicine Technology
Biomedical Sciences Nursing and Nursing Interest
Chemistry Occupational Therapy (pre-)
Chiropractic (pre-) Optometry (pre-)
Dentistry (pre-) Pharmacy and Pharmacy Interest

Engineering (& Engineering Interest)

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Computer Science and engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Undeclared engineering
Physical Therapy (pre-)
Environmental Sciences Physician Assistant (pre-)
Geoscience Podiatry (pre-)
Health & Human Physiology Public Health (BA, BS, and interest)
Human Physiology Radiation Sciences
Medical Laboratory Science Science Education
Medicine (pre-) Sustainability Science
  Veterinary Medicine (pre-)


What material does the Chemistry Placement Test cover?

The Chemistry Placement Test is comprised of 30 multiple choice questions that correspond to material covered in an introductory chemistry course. A periodic table, conversion factors, figures, and necessary data are available as part of the test.

When to take the Chemistry Placement Test

Students must complete the placement test at least 2 weeks prior to their Orientation date. International students in F-1 or J-1 status enrolling for fall should complete any required placement tests by the end of May or as soon as possible thereafter. Students requesting a waiver for duplication or regression must take the test prior to the first day of the semester for which the waiver is being requested. Students currently enrolled in a chemistry course should wait until late in the semester to take this test.

How to take the Chemistry Placement Test

  • You'll start with the tutorial and practice test which will take 30 minutes and then you will login to take the Chemistry Placement Test which will take around 60 minutes.
  • The Chemistry Placement Test is designed to be taken without the use of books, notes, or any other materials or resources.
  • You may use a calculator and scratch paper
  • If you get help or use restricted materials, you'll likely place yourself in a course that will be too difficult for you.
  • Accommodations: If you need accommodations (for example, extra time), please register with Students Disability Services and discuss accommodations BEFORE you take the test.

Instructions to Self-Enroll or viewPDF iconself_enroll_instructions.pdfPDF iconchemistry.pdf

Self-Enroll and Begin the Chemistry Placement Test.

Login with your University of Iowa HawkID and password.

If you have technical difficulties, contact the ITS Help Desk at 319-384-4357 or Help Desk Online Chat

If you have questions about your placement, contact the Academic Advising Center at advising-center@uiowa.edu