Chemistry Placement Test (CDT)

The Chemistry Placement Test is intended to help you and your advisor(s) make a decision about which UI chemistry course is appropriate for your needs considering your background and academic goals.

Introductory Chemistry Courses

The Chemistry Placement Test provides a score that will help you decide whether CHEM:1070 or CHEM:1110 is your best starting point in chemistry. A few majors require CHEM:1070; many others require CHEM:1110. Based on their placement scores, many students take the CHEM:1070 course to supplement their high school chemistry preparation before taking CHEM:1110. Thus, the recommendation for the first chemistry course at Iowa may be CHEM:1070 even though you have had a high school course and even though your major or career plans may require CHEM:1110.

Majors Requiring CHEM:1070

  • Nursing
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Health Promotion Track of Health and Sport Studies
  • Radiation Sciences
  • Psychology (CHEM:1070 is a choice within the B.S. requirement)
  • Health Science Track in Interdepartmental Studies (may choose CHEM:1070 or CHEM:1110)

Majors Requiring CHEM:1110

  • Engineering
  • Sciences (in College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Integrative Physiology
  • Geoscience
  • Microbiology
  • Medically-related science (in College of Medicine)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Pre-professional
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Podiatry
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Public Health (B.S. track)
  • Science Education
  • Health Science Track in Interdepartmental Studies ( may take CHEM:1070 or CHEM:1110)

Chemistry Placement Test Scores and Math Requirements for CHEM:1110

For automatic approval to register for CHEM:1110, you will need:

  •  A mathematics background that includes MATH:1005 with a minimum grade of C-, or ACT math subscore of 24, or ALEKS score above 60%
  • A score of 16 or greater on the Chemistry Placement Test (Chemistry Placement Test scores range from 0 to 30) or an AP Chemistry exam score of 4
  • If you have the appropriate math background but your Chemistry Placement Test score is below 16, you should consult with your advisor about the best course of action.