Chemistry Proficiency Exam

Students having a strong background in chemistry are encouraged to take the chemistry proficiency exam which can provide proficiency credit in one or two general chemistry courses. The proficiency exam is offered at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters only. Students are allowed to take the proficiency exam only once per semester.  There is no fee for taking the proficiency exams.

                     The Spring 2021 Chemistry Proficiency Exam is offered in an on-line format.  

Chemistry 102 Proficiency Exam: Thursday, January 21, 1:00-3:00PM

Chemistry 104 Proficiency Exam: Friday, January 22, 1:00-3:00PM

Registration is required for both exams.  Registration is closed for the Spring 2021 exams.
Proficiency exams are Pass/Fail.  Students are not given their grades for these exams. Students are sent an email that states a pass or fail.  Passing scores are reported to college offices.  There is no penalty for failing a proficiency exam.

General Chemistry Proficiency Exam Info

The Chem 102 exam is multiple choice and is designed to test proficiency in the major topics covered in the University of Illinois general chemistry curriculum.  It provides 3 hours of credit equivalent to Chem 102. 

If a student has 3 hours of Chem 102 credit (AP credit, proficiency credit, or other equivalent course credit), then they are eligible for the Chem 104 (full) exam.

No proficiency credit is granted for general chemistry lab courses.

Students are provided with a periodic table and standard formulae and constants along with the exam materials.   

We do not make previous exams or other exam materials available for study.  Any first-year chemistry textbook will provide adequate resources for study.

Time allowed for Proficiency exams

  • Chem 102 Proficiency Exam: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Chem 104 Proficiency Exam: 1 hour 50 minutes


Exam results are sent via individual e-mail to each person who took the exam.  The exam is Pass/Fail only. 

No scores or grades are recorded.  Only passes are submitted to college offices.  Fails are not reported.

Due to exam security requirements, a proficiency exam may only be taken on one of the two scheduled dates of a given semester. 

If, after reading carefully the above information, further questions regarding the General Chemistry Proficiency Exams exist, please direct them to:

Dr. Christian Ray
Director, General Chemistry