General Chemistry

The General Chemistry examination contains 80 questions to be answered in 90 minutes.

The test includes questions pertaining to the understanding of structure and states of matter, reaction types, equations and stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, and descriptive and experimental chemistry. 

Students should consider taking the exam if they can demonstrate the following abilities:  

  • Recall--remember specific facts; demonstrate straightforward knowledge of information and familiarity with terminology
  • Application--understand concepts and reformulate information into other equivalent terms; apply knowledge to unfamiliar and/or practical situations; use mathematics to solve chemistry problems
  • Interpretation--infer and deduce from data available and integrate information to form conclusions; recognize unstated assumptions.

Computer-based Scoring:

CLEP computer-based (CBT) exams are scored without a penalty for incorrect guessing. The raw score--the number of correct responses--is translated into a scaled score. The scaled scores for CLEP CBT are reported in a range from 20 to 80.

At Ferris, candidates taking the Chemistry exam earn credit for a score of 50 or higher.

Course(s) and Credits

  • Chemistry General Credit
    3 credits

Credits meet the scientific understanding component of the general education requirement. Credits will not meet the lab class component of the general education requirement.