Biology & Chemistry Exam

We proctor a Biology & Chemistry Exam which, if passed, allow students to test out of lower-level biology and chemistry courses.

We recommend that you speak to your counselor before requesting a science exam testing appointment to determine if you need biology or chemistry courses for your educational goal.

Biology 40A, Biology 6A & Chemistry 1A Exam

Bio & Chem Exam Overview

This exam, if passed, allows students to enroll directly into:

Biology 40A: Human Anatomy & Physiology

Biology 6A: Form & Function in the Biological World*

Chemistry 1A: General Chemistry

Students that have taken, or are currently enrolled, in the Biology 40A or Biology 6A prerequisite courses at Foothill or De Anza (Chemistry 30A, Chemistry 25 or Chemistry 1A) do not need to take this exam.

*Effective 7/9/2020 the Biology 40A Exam was used to place students into Biology 6A & Chemistry 1A. If you previously took the Biology 40A exam and now you'd like to considered for a Biology 6A or Chemistry 1A clearance, submit your request using our Contact Form.

Foothill students:

  • De Anza's Biology & Chemistry exam is not transferable to Foothill.

  • If you wish to enroll in Bio40A or Bio6A or Chem1A at De Anza after completing the course's prerequisite at Foothill, you should submit a prerequisite clearance form to the Evaluations Department once your course grade has been posted.

Online Biology & Chemistry Exam

  • You'll have 45 minutes to answer 44 multiple choice questions.
  • A score of 29 or higher is required to be eligible for Bio40A and Bio6A and Chem1A.
  • You'll be allowed to use a simple calculator. All other aids (notes, internet resources, etc.) are prohibited.

Request to take this exam online using our contact form.

Once you are enrolled in the Canvas Biology & Chemistry Exam, you will have 2 business days to submit your responses.

You will be notified within 2-3 business days via email when your results have been posted on your MyPortal account.

 In-Person Bio40A & Bio6A & Chem1A Exam

  • This service is currently suspended due to the campus closure. For more information, visit De Anza's Coronavirus page.

Bio & Chem Exam Study Guide

Bio & Chem Exam Eligibility & Retest Policy

Am I eligible for the exam?

Students who have not yet enrolled in the BIO40A or BIO6A or CHEM1A course prerequisites (CHEM 1A or CHEM 30A or CHEM 25) are eligible to attempt the exam.

Test results do not expire.

When can I retake the exam?

Students who take this exam, and do not enroll in CHEM 30A, 25 or 1A or BIO40A or BIO6A at De Anza, are eligible for one (1) retest after six (6) months of earning their first exam result.

This means that you're not eligible for a retest if

  • You have enrolled in the course's prerequisite (CHEM 1A or CHEM 30A or CHEM 25)

  • You have earned a W, D, F or I grade in Chemistry or Biology at De Anza or Foothill.

  • If it has been less than six months since your initial exam.

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