Placement Assessment

We administer math and chemistry placement assessments in order to place you in classes that will give you the best possible foundation for success as a Dominican student.

How it Works

All assessments are completed online before attending your registration, and before classes start. Please note — you may not be able to register for classes until you have taken your placement assessment(s) so we highly recommend you complete this important first step in your Dominican journey. 

Once classes start, all assessments must be proctored by the coordinator of Learning Services. 

For questions regarding placement assessment, or to make an appointment, email

First-Year Undergraduate Students

Check your Dominican student email account for information about how to access your assessment(s) exams. After you complete your placement assessment(s), you will schedule an advising session during registration to discuss your schedule and register for your Fall classes. 

Transfer Students 

After your placement assessment(s), you will meet with your academic advisor. During your advising appointment, your advisor will teach you how to register for classes online. You should register for classes with your advisor or at least 48-hours after this session. 

If you have 23 units or less and have not yet chosen a major (undeclared), please email: Christina Mayes, first-year advisor or call (415) 458-3781.

If you have 24+ units and have not yet chosen a major (undeclared), please email: Naomi Elvove, Senior Director, Student Success Center (415) 257-1380.

Adult Degree Completion (ADC) Program

You do not need to take the placement assessment in math if either of the following applies to you:

If you have already taken college algebra, statistics, pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus and passed with a grade of “C” or higher, you have met your General Education requirement in Mathematical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning. Unless your major requires further math, you will not need to take another math course at Dominican.

If you intend to major in Psychology and have already passed a college course in intermediate algebra with a grade of “C” or higher, you may enroll directly in statistics.

Your ADC advisor will inform you if a math placement test is required upon evaluation of your transcripts.

General Placement Assessment FAQs

Once you have submitted your tuition deposit, you will receive an email with information about which assessment(s) you need and the links to access your assessment(s). You will take the assessment online at home, unless classes have already started in which case your test will need to be proctored. If you have any questions, please email us.

Neither assessment is timed, but you should plan about 1.5 hours for math and one hour for chemistry.

No, there is no charge.

Mathematics Placement Assessment FAQs

The math placement assessment begins at a medium level of difficulty with elementary algebra, then adapts as questions become too hard or too easy for you. It generally contains 30 questions and takes about 1.5 hours, but there is no time limit.

If you have not had an algebra class recently, you should review your algebra texts and notes.

Chemistry Placement Assessment FAQs

The chemistry placement assessment consists of 20 questions and takes about one hour, but there is no time limit. You may use a calculator and scratch paper (you will need to upload it at the end of the assessment). A periodic table is provided within the assessment.

To prepare for the chemistry assessment, please review the following topics:

  • Significant figures
  • Conversion factors
  • Atoms and elements
  • Naming rules
  • Balancing equations
  • Types of reactions
  • Molarity and dilutions

Disability Accommodations

If you have a documented disability and need accommodations, email or call (415) 257-0153.

Meet the Team

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Kristen Coleman

Coordinator of Learning Services
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Christina Mayes, MS

Digital Portfolio Specialist Integrative Coach