Chemistry Self Assement

Students who want to make sure they are prepared for the introductory general chemistry sequence are encouraged to take the Chemistry Self-Assessment offered in eCommons.  Your score on the exam will help you determine when to take general chemistry.

Assessment Guidelines:

  • You may use a calculator and periodic table when taking the assessment.
  • The exam consists of 42 multiple choice questions.
  • There is no time limit, you may take as long as needed to complete the exam.
  • You will receive immediate feedback after submitting your exam.
  • The assessment is advisory, not required to enroll.
  • Any UCSC student with an active CruzID Gold password may take the assessment.

Accessing the Assessment:  

Login to eCommons using this link:  

https://ecommons.ucsc.edu/portal/site/placement-exams     

NOTE: You will need your UCSC CruzID Gold and password to log in.

Assessment Score & Enrollment

  • 0-25 points:  You should review general chemistry and successfully pass MATH 3 before enrolling in CHEM 1A.
  • 25-35 points: You may benefit from review prior to enrolling in CHEM 1A.
  • 36-42 points: Your score suggests you are prepared to enroll in general chemistry.

Resources for Reviewing Chemistry:

UC Irvine, CHEM 1P: Preparation for Chemistry