Assessment Test Info

Department of Chemistry

Assessment Test Info

Students who do not have a minimum of 70% in Ontario grade 12 chemistry or equivalent may write an assessment test in order to see if their background in chemistry is sufficiently strong to succeed in CHEM 1F92. The test takes approximately 90 minutes to write. There is no cost for writing the test. Students must achieve 70% or higher on the assessment test in order to be admitted into CHEM 1F92, if they do not have a minimum of 70% in Ontario grade 12 chemistry.

Assessment Test Schedule (2015):

The assessment test will be administered at Brock University on the following dates:

Friday 7 August 1pm-2:30pm

Friday 14 August 1pm-2:30pm

Friday 21 August 1pm-2:30pm

Friday 28 August 1pm-2:30pm

Students wishing to write the assessment test should:
1) email Prof. H. Gordon ( to reserve a slot for one of the above days, and
2) come to the Cairns Health and Bioscience Complex, top floor, room 550, a few minutes prior to the starting time listed.
Please bring a scientific calculator. A periodic table will be provided.
Students who pass the assessment test with 70% or above will be allowed to register in CHEM 1F92.
If the course is full by the time the test is written and marked, students passing the test will be placed on a waiting list.
Contact Prof. H. Gordon ( for more information.



I. Topics Covered

  • A. Basic math
    • solving linear and quadratic equations
    • geometry
    • logarithms
    • significant figures
    • percentages
    • calculator skills
    • units and dimensional analysis (factor-label method)
  • B. Periodic table
    • names and symbols of common elements
    • atomic structure
    • electronic configuration and valence electrons
    • periodic properties
  • C. Chemical compounds
    • states of matter and their properties
    • formulas of compounds
    • ionic versus covalent bonding
    • electron-dot structures and molecular shapes
  • D. Chemical reactions
    • acids and bases
    • reaction types
    • balancing equations
  • E. Chemical calculations
    • formula weights, % composition, empirical formula
    • calculations with balanced equations: use of moles
    • solution concentrations: molarity

II. Sample Questions

  The questions given in the sections below are   representative   of the kinds of questions that appear on the assessment test to determine if students have sufficient Chemistry to succeed in CHEM 1F92. Actual questions on the exam each year will vary.

The best way to study for this exam is to use your Chemistry textbook or a Chemistry Study Guide and   work the problems/answer questions   at the end of each chapter in the textbook you have chosen. You cannot learn how to do chemistry by looking at the answers someone else has provided!

Pay special attention to definitions and concepts. If you don't know what the words mean, you can't work the problem!

Questions on the Equivalency Exam are not equally weighted. Some are more complex than others, and the marks on each question reflect this.  

A. Sample Questions:   Basic Math

B. Sample Questions:   The Periodic Table

C. Sample Questions:   Chemical Compounds

D. Sample Questions:   Chemical Reactions

E. Sample Questions:   Chemical Calculations

Last revised: 14 July 2011 by H. Gordon

© Brock University, 2011