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Placement Exam Information

All students wishing to take chemistry during their first year are required to take the chemistry placement test, except for those who have received credit based on the AP exam, International Baccalaureate HL exam, or British A levels.  The Placement Exam will assist the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in determining whether placement in Chemistry 103 or Chemistry 104 is more appropriate.  Students who enter with advanced placement should register for Chem 107, if it is being offered, and CHEM 0104 if not.

The Placement Exam can be taken over the summer prior to arrival on campus, or during First-Year Orientation prior to registration.The Chemistry & Biochemistry Placement Exam is an online written test. You may use a calculator. It takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete.


You will need:

  1. An internet connection with access to the Web
  2. Your Middlebury College ID
  3. A recent version of a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla or Safari

Before you can take on-line placement exams you must activate your Middlebury user account.  If you have not already done so, please go to  Once you have activated your Middlebury user account:

  1. Open a web browser and go to:

  2. Click on the Start the exam now link at the bottom of the paragraph.
  3. When prompted, log in with your Midd username (1st part of your email address) and password.

Once you have completed the exam, please look here for an interpretation of your score.

Once you interpret your results, if you still have questions, please contact Professors Jeff Byers ( to discuss the appropriate course you should take based on your score.

For technical questions, please contact our Helpdesk at (802) 443-2200 or

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753