Student and Community Services Building

Assessment Center

Chemistry and Biology Placement Tests

Two separate tests clear prerequisites for different courses in Chemistry and Biology

Click below for the test information details

This test is a prerequisite for Chemistry 1A and Biology 6A. Download sample test questions (pdf).

Test may not be used to challenge a failed, enrolled or withdrawn course.

  • Calculators are allowed.
  • Photo ID and De Anza Student ID number required.
  • Test results are posted in My Portal student account within 2 working days.

Chemistry 1A/Biology 6A test is a paper test administered only on dates and times listed  on the appointment web page. Make an appointment to insure a seat for the date and time you want.  Make an appointment now!

  • Students must arrive 30 minutes before posted test time.
  • Students should plan to be in the testing room at least one hour.
  • Students meet at Assessment Office, SCS 144 (inside Student Community Services Bldg).
  • Proctor will bring students to an assigned room.  Students cannot arrive late.
  • Chemistry 1A/Biology 6A test results will be posted in student's My Portal within two working days.

To be eligible for Chemistry 1A, a student must:

  1. Obtain a satisfactory score (22 out of 44) on the Chemistry1A/Biology 6A Test AND pass Math 114 Intermediate Algebra or higher or be eligible for math higher than Math 114.

Exceptions:

  1. Students who complete De Anza's Chemistry 50  with a "C" grade or higher do not need to take the Chemistry placement test , but must fulfill Math requirement.
  2. Students who have completed prerequisite courses at another college or have a score 3 or higher on College Board AP Chemistry exam.can submit AP score report or transcript for review by downloading and filling out the Prerequisite Clearance Request Form.
  3. Foothill students who qualified for Chemistry 1A by test scores on Chemistry 1A test and Math Placement test at Foothill should contact Assessment Center prior to registration. 
  4. Foothill students who passed Foothill Chemistry 25 do not need to take the Chemistry 1A test but must fulfill the math prerequisite by test score or course work. They should fill out and submit the Prerequisite Clearance Request Form

To be eligible for Biology 6A, a student must:
  1. Obtain a satisfactory score (22 out of 44) on the Chemistry 1A/Biology 6A Test. There is no math prerequisite required.

Exceptions:

  1. Students who complete De Anza's Chemistry 50, or Chemistry 1A or Foothill's Chemistry 25 or Chemistry 1A with a grade of "C" or higher are eligible for Biology 6A.  They do not need to take the placement test.
  2. Students who complete prerequisite courses at other colleges other than Foothill should submit transcript for review by downloading and filling out the Prerequisite Clearance Request Form.
  3. Foothill students who qualify for Chemistry 1A by testing at Foothill do not need to take the test. They should contact the Assessment Office prior to registration for placement.
This is a computerized test.
  • Students are advised to Make an Appointment 
  • Students may test on a Stand-By basis if seats are available.  See test dates and times.
  • Test results are posted in My Portal student account within 2 working days.
  • Test is a multiple choice test administered on computer.
  • Questions are chemistry based.
  • A qualifying score (14 out of 44) is prerequisite for Biology 40A.
  • There is no expiration of results for Biology 40A.
  • Test cannot be used to challenge a failed or enrolled or withdrawn course.
  • Calculators are allowed.
  • Students who passed De Anza's Chemistry 30A, Chemistry 50, or Chemistry 1A with C grade or higher (or are enrolled and in progress of completing these courses) do not need to test. 
  • Foothill students who passed Foothill's Chemistry 30A, Chemistry 25, or Chemistry 1A with C grade or higher (or are enrolled and in progress of completing these courses) do not need to test.  They should fill out Prerequisite Clearance Request Form. 

Download sample questions for Biology 40. (PDF)

*Assessment Center is located in Student & Community Services Building, Room 143

To be eligible for Biology 40A, a student must:
  1. Obtain a satisfactory score (14 out of 44) on the Biology 40A Test. There is no math requirement.
  2. Retest policy

Exceptions:

  1. Students who complete De Anza's Chemistry 50, or Chemistry 1A, or Chemistry 30A (or Foothill's Chemistry 25, Chemistry 1A, or Chemistry 30A) with a grade of "C" or higher are eligible for Biology 40A.  They do not need to take the placement test. Students who completed or are enrolled in the prerequisite at Foothill should contact Assessment Office prior to registration.
  2. Students who complete equivalent prerequisite chemistry courses at other colleges submit transcript for review by downloading and filling out the Prerequisite Clearance Request Form.


Assessment Department Building: Student & Community Services
Room: SCS 143
Phone: 408.864.8717
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Last Updated: 11/17/14