Chemistry Placement Test

IMPORTANT: Effective April ‘22 Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is offered ONLY for incoming first-time/first-year (freshmen) students. Information regarding CPT for incoming freshmen is available at Chemistry Placement for Incoming CNSM Freshmen

Continuing CSULB students are eligible to register for CHEM 111A once they meet one of the criteria (1-6) listed below:

  1. students with Chemistry AP Exam scores 2 or 3  
  2. students who have completed CHEM 140 with a grade of “C” or better or are currently enrolled in CHEM 140 
  3. students who have successfully completed CHEM 90 (CR)
  4. students who are eligible to repeat CHEM 111A 
  5. students who received a score of 24 or better on the CPT test prior to Spring 2021
  6. students who have successfully completed CHEM ALEKS on-line assessment

Students meeting criteria listed under 1), 2), 3), or 4) should send permit request to please include your name and student ID number and allow 72 hours for processing.

Students meeting criteria listed under 5) or 6) will be added to CHEM 111A student group automatically (no permit request necessary). CHEM90 students will be cleared as soon as grades are final, approvals from ALEKS will be updated weekly.

CHEM ALEKS adaptive assessment is designed to evaluate and enhance your preparation in basic chemistry concepts. The assessment will take 4-30 hours depending on your level of chemistry knowledge, you may spread this over multiple days.  You need to score 80% for unrestricted access to CHEM111A. The assessment will also help you review for CHEM111A and counts in place of the extra credit assignment in ALEKS which is given in CHEM 111A the week before classes start. To complete the on-line assessment, go to enter the class code QAQCP-3MJYY, and follow directions.  You will need to purchase the ALEKS license, the cost is $25 for 6 weeks access. 

We will begin entering CHEM 111A approvals as they become available, and we will continue entering approvals until classes start.  If you have questions please contact Chemistry & Biochemistry CHEM111A coordinator, Prof. Shahab Derakhshan at,  please include your student ID number.

Please visit the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry for more information.