The CHEM Challenge Exam is available to those with chemistry knowledge, but without (documented, grade C or better) 1 year of HS chemistry lecture/lab credit orwithout pre-requisite CHEM 108 credit. The free exam consists of 44 multiple choice questions. You have 45 minutes to complete the exam, and 25 correct responses are needed in order to register for CHEM 110.

A link to the Course of Record (COR) for CHEM 108, the pre-requisite class for CHEM 110 is provided below:

It lists the topics you are expected to know and provides some guidance for study before taking the exam. You are only able to take the challenge exam once, so please STUDY before taking the exam! A calculator will be provided with the exam, if you need one. If you need a chemistry textbook to review for the test, one can be checked out from the library.

The Testing department administers the exam on Oceanside campus, during the summer session. The exam is offered during regular drop-in hours, no appointments needed.

Drop in hours Oceanside Campus (building 3300, room 3334)

Monday, Tuesday

Wednesday, Thursday

Friday, Saturday

We will be closed on Saturday, July 1st and Tuesday, July 4th

If you pass the Challenge Exam, you will need to submit a pre-requisite petition to Admissions and Records to bypass the CHEM 108 requirement. The submitted petition will be sent to our Chemistry Department Chair by the Admissions department, and once approved it will allow you to register for CHEM 110. Challenge Exam results are usually emailed to you no later than 2 business days after you complete the exam. If you do not pass the exam, you will need to register for CHEM 108.

Please call 760-795-6685 for more information.