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.

The deadline for students to take the MATH and CHEM Placement Exams for Fall 2018 has been extended to June 4, 2018 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. 

***Missed the Placement Exam Deadline? Click here to see if you are eligible to request to take the exams late. ***

 

WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT EXAMS?

New First Year Students

  • MATH Placement Exam - All incoming first year students regardless of major
  • CHEM Placement Exam - All incoming first year 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 by April 1, 2018 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.