Chemistry Subject Test

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Ready to show colleges what you’re made of? The Chemistry Subject Test assesses your understanding of the major concepts of chemistry and your ability to apply these principles to solve specific problems. If you’re interested in studying science or engineering in college, taking the Chemistry Subject Test can help you demonstrate your interests and showcase your strengths in the subject.

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Video Lessons from Khan Academy

Use the free Khan Academy® lessons in this playlist to study for the Chemistry Subject Test.

Test Basics

Scoring, Timing, Number of Questions
Points Minutes Questions
200-800 60 85 (Multiple Choice)

Important Notes

  • Offered in Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., May, and June
  • Calculator use not permitted
  • Problem solving requires simple numerical calculations
  • Measurements are expressed in the metric system
  • A periodic table is provided on the test

Getting Ready for the Test

Additional Things to Know

Answering Relationship Analysis Questions

On the actual Chemistry test, relationship analysis questions must be answered on the special section (labeled “Chemistry”) at the lower left-hand corner of your answer sheet. These questions will be numbered beginning with 101. Note that “CE” in this section indicates a correct explanation of the relationship.

Periodic Table

A periodic table indicating the atomic numbers and masses of elements is provided.

Please note that this test reflects what is commonly taught in high school. Due to differences in high school classes, it’s likely that most students will find questions on topics they’re not familiar with. This is nothing to worry about. You do not have to get every question correct to receive the highest score (800) for the test. Many students do well despite not having studied every topic covered.