Registration: General Chemistry I

You must take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test (also called the Chemistry Placement Test) to register for Loading... (and lab CHEM 112).

All students must take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test including incoming, transfer, visiting and continuing students.

Test Preparation

Students should study our tutorial site, then take the online Chemistry Diagnostic Test.

General Chemistry I Registration

Once your test score is posted in Banner (up to 24 hrs.), you may register for both Chem 111 and Chem 112Lab if you received a score of 24 or higher. A grade of C or higher in both courses is required to advance into each following course.

If your score does not post after 24 hours, email Deidre Shymanski at


If you got 21 correct (5 points*21=105) and 21 wrong your score will be 105-21=84 out of 210 point = 40% of the points. Your score will post in Banner as 040.

Total score 14% or less (in Banner 014 means 12 right, 30 wrong)
You should take Foundations of Chemistry (Chem 001; offered Fall only) plus a college algebra course to prepare for Chem 111/112Lab next semester. Chem 111/112Lab is offered fall, spring and summer; 113/114Lab in spring, summer.

Total score: 17-23% (Banner 017-023)
Your best option is to start with Chem 001 and algebra. Other students in Chem 111 will be much better prepared.

  • A second option is to spend real study time (8-10 hrs.) on the web tutorials and re-take the USF diagnostic test to score» 23%
  • ADD Chem 191 Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) workshops (1 unit pass/fail) in which a group of 8-10 students meet weekly during the semester to work on course problem-solving skills led by a trained USF science student. Students generally score 10% higher on exams if enrolled in Chem 191.

Total score: 26-34% (Banner 026-034)
You have large gaps in your knowledge, but you may register for Chem 111/112Lab with these strong suggestions:

  • First, carefully review the online tutorials in subjects you struggled with on the test. Take the online exam a second time and score »34%
  • Second, register for the weekly Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) workshops (Chem 191, 1 unit pass/fail) for an exam score boost.
  • Third, make weekly office hour appointments with the instructor and/or Chem HELP Room TAs.

Total score: 37-46% (Banner 037-046)
You are adequately prepared and may register for Chem 111/112, but this does not guarantee success.

  • First, add Chem 191: PLTL workshops, popular with all USF general chemistry students. There is problem solving; it is not a remedial workshop.
  • Second, spend 3 study hrs/week outside class for each semester unit. Chemistry 111/112Lab adds up to 4 units, so you can do the math!
  • Third, make use of the USF Learning Center and the Chemistry HELP room.

Total score: 49% or higher (Banner 049 or higher)
You may register for Chem 111/112 and Chem 191: PLTL

We would like to clarify that your results will not be viewed in terms of a "pass" or a "fail". We recognize, as a diverse group, students arrive with a range of backgrounds and previous experiences. The diagnostic test is meant to help you prepare for college chemistry and make an easier transition into the rigorous academic program we offer in the sciences at USF. Once your test score is posted in Banner, you may register for both Chem 111 and Chem 112 Lab and Chem 191. A grade of C or higher in both courses is required to advance into Chem 113/114L.


Can I take CHEM 111 or CHEM 113 without being enrolled in the lab?

No. The CHEM 111 lecture and CHEM 112 lab are co-requisites. CHEM 113 and 114 are co-requisites as well.

If I need to retake the lecture, but got C or higher in lab, do I repeat both?

No. But, you must sign up for both and ask us to drop the lab upon a screen shot proof of your lab grade. Email your request/proof to Deidre Shymanski at

If I drop the lecture, will I have to drop the lab?