Chemistry Placement


Click on the link to the right to enter the Chemistry Learning Modules for Placement.

The Chemistry Department uses the ALEKS system for general chemistry course placement and in most general chemistry courses. We require the Chemistry Learning Modules for Placement to ensure that students have a strong chance at success, as the courses are demanding.

ALEKS is an adaptive system that will quickly determine your current knowledge in areas necessary to be successful in general chemistry courses. Review college-specific chemistry placement requirements, click here

  • The initial assessment will consist of up to 30 questions, depending on your current knowledge.
  • The exam is not timed, but you should plan for around 90 minutes to answer these initial questions.
  • You may log out and log back in again, which means you can take breaks.
  • We recommend you have a calculator and scratch paper available.

Once you complete the initial assessment, ALEKS provides a "score" that represents the percentage of topics you have mastered. A score of 80% is required to register for CHEM 1061/1065 or CHEM 1081/1065. You can improve your score by working in the system, and we encourage you to do so! Most students earn an initial score of 21-59% and students spend on average 15 hours mastering content in the learning modules to achieve the 80% score. If you need longer than this, we encourage you to talk with your advisor at orientation.

You must achieve a score above 80% prior to orientation/registration. Please reference the college-specific pages to determine which chemistry course placement is preferred for your intended major. 

Regardless of course placement, you would be well-served by continuing to work in ALEKS to prepare for your first University of Minnesota chemistry course. Students enrolled in CHEM 1061/1065 or CHEM 1081/1065 will be expected to know 100% of the content in ALEKS by the first day of class.

Please note that you should work alone on the ALEKS assessment and/or or learning. If you get help, you are setting yourself up for failure in your first chemistry course.

Chemistry Placement scores are valid for one year.


If you encounter technical difficulties while accessing the chemistry placement exam, please contact ALEKS support by phone, (714) 619-7090, or at during the hours below. 
Hours (Central Time):
Sunday: 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Monday - Thursday: 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Friday: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

If you have any questions, contact


The Disability Resource Center (DRC) arranges accommodations to reduce disability-related barriers to access for students. If you need testing accommodations for the Chemistry Learning Modules for Placement, please contact the DRC at 612-626-1333 to schedule a confidential meeting with an Access Consultant. For additional information about the DRC please visit