Student Services Bld. 1st Floor
|Monday||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Tuesday||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Wednesday||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Friday||9:00 am - 4:00 pm|
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assessment days and times
please access the appointment
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Chemistry Challenge Process
The Chemistry Readiness Prerequisite Challenge Exam
No appointments necessary. Arrive at one of the days and times below.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. If you arrive late you will not be admitted to the exam and will have to reschedule
Chemistry Readiness Exam Sample Exam
Students wishing to participate in the exam process must complete the prerequisite challenge form and submit the form to the assessment office when you arrive for the Chemistry Exam. The math prerequisite MUST be met in order to participate in the challenge process; if you have not met the math prerequisite you will not be allowed to take the exam. The dates and times for the Chemistry Challenge Exam are first come first served, no appointments are necessary; check-in begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the start time. Please check back often for updated dates and times.
Before enrolling in Chemistry 101, the Chemistry Department wants to ensure that students are prepared for the challenges of the class. Therefore, students who wish to enroll in Chemistry 101 at Pierce College must have passed Introductory Chemistry (Chemistry 60, 65 or 68) in the LACCD or have successfully passed the Chemistry Challenge Process (this requirement is in addition to having met the prerequisite of Math 125: Intermediate Algebra or a higher math course). If you have taken the appropriate coursework outside of the LACCD (only from colleges or universities, high school transcripts are not utilized), the prerequisites can be cleared by taking your transcript to the Counseling Office (818-719-6440).
Should a student want to challenge the chemistry requirement, they must pass the Chemistry 101 Readiness Challenge Exam at Pierce College (placement exams at other schools are not accepted).
This exam serves two purposes: it acquaints students with the skills that are needed to succeed in the general chemistry series and it serves to identify those students who are eligible for placement into Chemistry 101. For some students the examination will be a warning that their chances of obtaining a satisfactory grade in Chemistry 101 are very slight and that they should improve their knowledge by enrolling in Introductory Chemistry.
(Note: Even though you may pass the readiness exam, if you have limited chemistry laboratory experience you are encouraged to enroll in Chemistry 60 in order to acquire the skills needed for the laboratory in Chemistry 101.)
The content of this 45-minute multiple choice exam is based upon high school chemistry and high school mathematics. They include solving simple algebraic equations, using proportions and percentages, and solving word problems using dimensional analysis. The majority of the test deals with chemistry and is primarily concerned with concepts discussed in a beginning chemistry course. These include: atomic structure, elements/compounds/solutions and their properties, chemical formulas and quantities, basic chemical nomenclature, the periodic table, chemical reactions, and concentration. The best preparation for the test is to review high school algebra and basic chemistry.
YOU MAY ONLY TAKE THIS EXAM ONCE SO PREPARE FOR IT!
To take the exam show-up at the Assessment Center 10 minutes prior to the exam time and bring a photo ID, your student ID number and a NON-PROGRAMMABLE calculator. You will be given a periodic table for the exam.
NOTE: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENROLL IN CHEMISTRY 101 BEFORE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE CHALLENGE PROCESS. YOUR ENROLLMENT IS CONTINGENT UPON SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE ON THIS CHALLENGE AND HAVING MET THE MATH PREREQUISITE.