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California Chemistry Diagnostic

RCCD Chemisty Diagnostic Tests on Hold During COVID-19 Restrictions

Due to COVID-19 and remote learning, we are not able to offer the paper and pencil version of the California Chemistry Diagnostic Test. The publisher currently doesn't have an online version to offer. At this time, we have suspended the test. To enroll in CHE-1A, students will have to take either CHE-2A or CHE-3.

Students wishing to utilize the challenge procedure must contact Counseling and complete the required Matriculation Appeals Petition. Prerequisites and/or corequisites may be challenged based on certain criteria (review page 7 of the college catalog in the General Education section).

Chemistry 1A has a prerequisite of Chemistry 2A. A student who desires to validate Chemistry 2A based on high school or prior college coursework may appeal to take the Chemistry Diagnostic Exam. It is the student's responsibility to submit transcripts with a final grade of "C" or better.

  1. Students who wish to take the Chemistry Diagnostic Exam must provide documentation to a counselor or counseling staff. Acceptable forms of documentation are:
    • 1 year of completed high school chemistry with a final grade of "C" or better. (Unofficial and official transcripts are acceptable; Unofficial online transcripts must be verified by a counselor or staff.)
    • Completion of a 4 unit college level chemistry course with a "C" or better; inside or outside the United States.
  2. The counselor or counseling staff member will complete the Chemistry Diagnostic Test Approval Form (half sheet). The student will give their copy of the Chemistry Diagnostic Approval Test Form to the Assessment Center to make an appointment.
  3. Chemistry Diagnostic Exams are by appointment only and arranged by the Assessment Specialist. Appointments for the Chemistry Diagnostic test must be done in person because of the process involved.


Test Format

This is a multiple-choice paper/pencil test with 44 questions and a 45 minute time limit. Books and notes are not allowed, but calculators are permitted. The Periodic Table of the Elements and a table of symbols and abbreviations are provided on the back of each test booklet.


Test Competency Areas

Compounds and elements, states of matter, reactions of matter, structure of matter, periodic properties, solutions, qualitative kinetics and thermodynamics, lab skills, and mathematical skills. To get a general idea of what to expect from the test, see the sample questions.

Once the test is completed, the student will be contacted by the Matriculation Specialist to know the results of the Appeal process.

Download Sample Test Questionspdf