Chemistry & Math Placement

Chemistry and Math Placement Exams

WHAT ARE THE PLACEMENT EXAMS FOR?

Your placement exam scores, combined with your other academic data, determine your level of readiness in Math and Chemistry. These scores allow your academic advisor to place you in the Math and/or Chemistry class in which you will be most successful at UC Merced.

Placement exams for incoming students for Spring 2018 are due by NOVEMEBER 15 at 4:00pm. If you do not take the required exams by the deadline, you will be placed into preparatory level Math and Chemistry courses. 

WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT EXAMS?

New Freshmen Students

  • MATH Placement Exam - All incoming freshmen students regardless of major
  • CHEM Placement Exam - All incoming freshmen students intending majors in the School of Natural Sciences or School of Engineering and any pre-health students or students who intend to take CHEM courses regardless of their major

New Transfer Students

  • MATH Placement Exam - All incoming SSHA transfer students that have not taken a UC transferable Pre-Calculus course
  • CHEM Placement Exam - All incoming transfer students that have not taken a UC transferable Preparatory Chemistry course and are intending majors in the School of Natural Sciences or School of Engineering and any pre-health students or students who intend to take CHEM courses regardless of their major
     

Students who have passed an AP exam or college-level course in Calculus and/or Chemistry may not need to take the Placement Exams. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 

Instructions for accessing the Placement Exams can be found here
 

Please refer to the "Frequently Asked Questions" for more information.