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Chemistry Placement Exam

Who Should Take the Chemistry Placement Test?

Any student accepted to a program in the College of Engineering & Science, any students interested in Pre-Dental, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Nursing or any student wanting to take a chemistry class should take the chemistry placement test.

TCPE (Toledo Chemistry Placement Exam)

Along with many other colleges and universities nationwide, Detroit Mercy administers the 2010 Toledo Chemistry Placement Exam (TCPE). The TCPE is written by the American Chemical Society and evaluates a student's general math and algebra skills, as well as overall knowledge of chemistry. It is designed and used to evaluate how well a student is prepared for freshman chemistry courses taught at Detroit Mercy. Results will be used to ensure that the student's background in chemistry and math is adequate for success.

Engineering and Science Students (Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physician Assistant, 5-Year Physician Assistant, 7-Year Dental) Chemistry Placement Possibilities:
CHM 1050 (also requires math placement into MTH 1400 or higher)
or CHM 1070 (also requires math placement into MTH 1400 or higher)

Nursing and Pre-Dental Hygiene Students Chemistry Placement Possibilities:
CHM 1015 (also requires enrolling in MTH 1010 or MTH 1020/1030/1040 or higher)
or CHM 1025 (also requires math placement into MTH 1010)

Strong Recommendation: Prior to orientation, reviewing the chemistry you have had in high school and reviewing study guides for the Toledo Chemistry Placement exam may help improve your placement.

Note: Students in accelerated 5-year PA or 7-year Dental programs that place into CHM 1050 will have to take a Chemistry course in the Summer to stay in proper course sequence.

What is on the Chemistry Placement Test?

The test consists of 60 math and chemistry questions. Part 1 is 20 math-based questions, Part 2 is 20 general chemistry questions and Part 3 is 20 specific chemistry questions. The math questions cover math skills up to and including college-level algebra. The chemistry questions cover topics including measurements, unit conversions, classifications of matter (elements, isotopes, ions, compounds) and change (chemical/physical), trends of the periodic table, ionic and covalent bonding, moles, writing/balancing chemical formulas/equations, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, oxidation/reduction, states of matter, pressure/volume/temperature relationships (gas laws), quantum theory, solubility and solutions, equilibria, acids and bases, kinetics and thermodynamics.

You will have 55 minutes to complete the test. You may use a scientific calculator, but you must bring it. Scrap paper, pencil and a Periodic Table of the Elements will be provided to you.

Guidelines for Calculator Use

The following types of calculators are NOT permitted:

  • Pocket organizers, handheld or laptop computers, or cell phones
  • Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices
  • Models with a QWERTY (typewriter) keypad.
  • Models with built-in capability to simplify algebraic expressions, multiply polynomials, or factor polynomials (often called Computer Algebra Systems), for example, CFX-9970G, TI-89, and TI-92

View Chemistry Course Material

For An Introduction to Chemistry by Mark Bishop:

For Concept Development Studies in Chemistry:

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