UT Austin Exams in Chemistry (CH 301 & CH 302/204)

The University of Texas at Austin has two tests for credit in Chemistry: the Chemistry 301 test, and the Chemistry 302 (and 204) test.

Chemistry 301 Exam

Two hours of working time is allowed for the test, which is multiple choice.

These topics are representative of material covered in the first semester UT Austin Chemistry course for scientific and technical students:

  • Atomic structure
  • Chemical bonding – ionic, covalent, dot structures
  • Molecular shape and structure
  • Properties of gases
  • Stoichiometry
  • Properties of liquids and solids
  • Intermolecular forces
  • Thermodynamics – work and energy, enthalpy, entropy, free energy

Chemistry 302 (and 204) Exam

Two hours of working time is allowed for the test, which is multiple choice.

These topics are representative of material covered in the second semester UT Austin Chemistry course for scientific and technical students:

  • Physical equilibria – phase transitions, solubility, colligative properties
  • Chemical equilibria
  • Acids and bases – definitions, weak vs. strong, pH, buffer solutions, titrations
  • Electrochemistry: oxidation and reduction, electrolysis, galvanic cells, oxidation-reduction potentials
  • Chemical kinetics

Both tests are given only on the UT Austin campus during scheduled testing periods.

The test for Chemistry 301 is offered just before the first summer session, just before the fall semester, mid-fall semester, just before the spring semester, and mid-spring semester.

The test for Chemistry 302 and 204 is offered just before the first summer session, just before the fall semester, and just before the spring semester.

Visit the Test Registration System to view and register for upcoming test dates.

Exceptions: 

For the UT Chemistry tests, a periodic table and useful constants will be provided. You may bring a hand calculator, but it may not be shared. All programmable calculators are subject to inspection by the test administrators.

You may not take the CH 302/204 exam to attempt to earn credit for CH 204 only.

Registration Fee: 

The total of the fees for each test is $85. When you register for a test, you will immediately be billed for the non-refundable test registration fee of $25. After you take the test, you will be billed for the test fee of $60. Payments are due within 14 days of the billing date. All fees are subject to change.

Study Aids: 

Chemistry 301

This test is not based on a specific textbook.  These same topics are found in varying order in most general chemistry textbooks and almost any of these textbooks could be used to study for this exam.  Some books students may find helpful:

  • Zumdahl, Chemical Principles. (6th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2009. 
  • Atkins and Jones, Chapters 1-7, Chemical Principles (4th ed.). New York: W.H. Freeman and Company.
  • Whitten, Davis and Peck, General Chemistry. (6th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders College Publishing, 2000. 
  • Petrucci, Harwood, Herring, and Madura, General Chemistry. (9th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson, 2007.

Chemistry 302

This test is not based on a specific textbook.  These same topics are found in varying order in most general chemistry textbooks and almost any of these textbooks could be used to study for this exam.  Some books students may find helpful:

  • Zumdahl, Chemical Principles. (6th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2009. 
  • Atkins and Jones, Chapters 8-13, Chemical Principles (4th ed.). New York: W.H. Freeman and Company.
  • Whitten, Davis and Peck, General Chemistry. (6th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders College Publishing, 2000. 
  • Petrucci, Harwood, Herring, and Madura, General Chemistry. (9th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson, 2007.

Test Results and Retakes: 

Results are available within a few days after the test date, in time to register for classes.

You may take each of the UT Austin Tests for Credit in Chemistry only once.

Samples: 


CH301-Practice-Questions.pdf


CH302-Practice-Questions.pdf

UT Austin CoursesNotes
Test 1: CH 301No cut scores are publicized for this test.
Test 2: CH 302 and 204No cut scores are publicized for this test.