C117 Placement Exam (CPE)
Students who enroll in Chemistry C117 are required to pass the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) with a score of 15 or higher or complete an on-line tutorial review program called ALEKS with 95% overall mastery. In addition, a math prerequisite is required to ensure that students are ready for the rigorous problem solving in C117.
The C117 Placement Exam (CPE) is a one hour and fifteen minute timed multiple-choice exam composed of 30 questions on the general chemistry, math, and reasoning skills that will be needed for C117. It is used to evaluate each student's chemistry background and preparation for C117 so that they can be placed into the chemistry course that is appropriate for them. The courses that students are placed into based on the CPE are: C103, C117, or S117. C103: Introduction to Chemical Principles, is a course specially designed to prepare students for C117. S117 is the honors section of C117 (Note: S117 is only offered in the fall semester).
Students may find it helpful to prepare for the CPE by studying the following chapters using the free chemistry text called Open Stax:
Select Subject: Science
Select Text: Chemistry (not Atoms First)
Ch 1: Essential Ideas
Ch 2: Atoms, Molecules and Ions
Ch 3: Composition of Substances and Solutions
Ch 4: Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions
Ch. 9 Gases Sections (9.1-9.4)
If students want to study to place into Honors they may also want to look over:
Ch 5: Thermochemistry
Ch. 6: Electronic Structure of Atoms and Periodicity
Ch 7: Bonding and Geometry
Ch 8: Advanced Bonding Theories
Ch. 12: Kinetics
Ch. 13: Equilibrium
The CPE is not an exemption exam. This means you can’t earn credit for, or be exempt from, any course by taking the CPE. However, the chemistry department does offer exemption exams for C101/C121 & C117. For more information on these, please visit the Exemption Exams page.
Students who desire to enroll in Chemistry C117 are required to either pass the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) with a score of 15 or higher or complete the ALEKS on-line chemistry review with a 95% mastery. This is in addition to a math prerequisite that is required to ensure that students are ready for the rigorous problem solving in C117.
Completion of the Online CPE and/or the ALEKS On-line Course is due at the time of enrollment.