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Placement Exam Instructions

Placement Exam Instructions

Once the Chemistry and Math Placement exams open, please follow the instructions below to access the exams. 
If you have any questions, please contact

Math Placement Exam

The Math Placement Exam is available at  Students will be sent an access code to use in order to take the online exam.  New students should refer to their email for specific access code information.

Before logging in to take the exam, please be ready with your student ID number, first and last name as they appear on your UC Merced record.

If you need a new access code, please email


Chemistry Placement Exam

Option 1.  

Please log into your UC Merced Connect Portal using your UCM Net ID and password. After you log in, click on the CatCourses link at the top right of the page. Once the link has opened, click on the Dashboard tab the Chemistry Placement Exam will appear.

Option 2. 
Please log into your UC Merced email account using your UCM Net ID and password. During the week that the Chemistry placement exam opens, an email will be sent from "UC Merced CatCourses" to your UC Merced email account. The email will show that you have been invited to participate in the Chemistry Placement Exam. 



Select the “Get Started" button in the email. This will take you to the CatCourses page where the Chemistry exam is located. 




When you first log in, there will be a green bar at the top. Please select "Accept" in order to access the exams. 

If you are not able to find the email from "UC Merced CatCourses", you may log onto to access the exams (follow directions for Option 1).