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Chemistry Diagnostic Test​​

The Chemistry Diagnostic Exam is completed on-campus.  It is for students who have already taken chemistry courses and would like ​to validate Chemistry 2A to enroll directly into Chemistry 1A. To take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test, students will need to meet with a counselor (online or in-person) and provide official or unofficial transcripts with one of the following:
  • Completion of one-year high school chemistry within the last 5 years, with a final grade of "C" or better. 
  • Completion of a 4-unit college-level chemistry course (with a lab)​ within the last 5 years, with a final grade of "C" or better; inside or outside the United States.

Steps to be eligible for the test:

  • Meet with a counselor to submit supporting documentation (see above).
  • If eligible, the counselor will submit the Approval Form (see below).
  • The student will complete the Request for an appointment Form (see below) to take the test. 
  • After eligibility has been verified, the student will be contacted to confirm the appointment. 
Approval Form to be submitted by a Norco College Counselor​

Student Appointment Request Form


​Set 1 1/2 hour for the entire process
Paper & Pencil
45-minute time limit
44 questions
​You will be provided with a calculator, Periodic Table of Elements, and a table of symbols and abbreviations.
(The test covers: Compounds and elements; states of matter; reactions of matter; structure of matter; periodic properties; solutions; qualitative kinetics and thermodynamics; lab skills, and mathematical skills.)

This exam is a one-time test and there is no re-test.

Note – MAT-35 is a pre-requisite for enrollment into Chemistry 1A

Sample Questions Chemistry Diagnostic.pdf

Once the test is completed, you will receive your results.  These results will appear on your record within 1 to 2 business days.​