The Chemistry Challenge Exam is only required of students wishing to enroll directly into Chemistry 11 (General Chemistry 1) who want to bypass Chemistry 10 (Introductory General Chemistry). All other students are not required to take the test.
Please note: Outside Chemistry Challenges are not accepted at SMC. You will need to complete the SMC Chemistry Challenge Exam if you do not meet the Course Prerequisite completed or AP Exam requirements.
How do I complete this exam while school is closed? Do I need an appointment?
You will need to sign up for testing online. Please go to the main Success and Engagement Center page and sign up to take the chemistry challenge for Chem 11. To sign up, go to: http://www.smc.edu/EnrollmentDevelopment/SuccessCenter/Pages/default.aspx
Who is eligible to take the Chemistry Challenge Test?
Any student who wishes to place into Chemistry 11, provided he/she has not attempted Chemistry 10 (e.g., has a W or another grade in class) or is currently enrolled in Chemistry 10.
What is the Purpose of the Chemistry Challenge Exam?
The test serves two purposes:
It acquaints students with the skills that are needed to succeed in the introductory chemistry series; and
It serves to identify those students who are eligible for placement into Chemistry 11.
For some students, the examination will be a warning that their chances of obtaining a satisfactory grade in Chemistry 11 are very slight and they should improve their skills by enrolling and completing Chemistry 10 first.
What is the name of the Chemistry Challenge Exam?
SMC uses the California Chemistry Diagnostic Test to assess students' skills in chemistry. This is a timed, computerized test consisting of 44 questions. Students will be given 45 minutes to complete the test.
What is the content of the Chemistry Challenge Exam?
This test consists of questions based on high school chemistry and high school mathematics. Topics and skills tested may include:
Math: solving simple algebraic equations; use of proportions and percentages; solving word problems.
Chemistry: the majority of items are concerned with concepts addressed in Chemistry 10, including elements and their properties, chemical formulas, concentrations of solutions, gases, oxidation numbers, redox reactions and the concepts of acids and bases.