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Congratulations on your Admission to UT Austin! Please review the Information below regarding Chemistry Readiness.



Courses in the College of Natural Sciences are demanding. To help you prepare for college-level chemistry courses at UT Austin, the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and the Department of Chemistry require an ALEKS online assessment. The assessment provides computer-based support as you review topics in preparation for CH301. Once your CH301 class starts, your instructor will assume you know all of the material included in the ALEKS Chemistry Assessment.


FALL 2018 - CLASS OF 2022, New Transfers, and Continuing Students

All students registering for CH301 in Fall 2018 are required to meet a minimum score of 85 on ALEKS Chemistry. For students who already know that they plan to take CH301 this Fall, we recommend that you complete the initial ALEKS Chemistry assessment prior to Orientation. If you are unsure whether or not you will take CH301 in the fall, DO NOT purchase the ALEKS Chemistry assessment until after Orientation. No refunds will be issued. You will have an opportunity to meet with your Academic Advisor at Orientation and determine your fall course schedule.

Students taking CH301 in Fall must earn an 85 or higher on ALEKS Chemistry by 11:59pm on Tuesday, August 28th or they will be dropped from the course.

Click here to purchase the ALEKS Chemistry assessment (you will need your EID and a credit card). 

Once purchased, you may access the ALEKS Chemistry Assessment here using your UT EID and password. Please note the following guidelines:

  • Once you purchase the ALEKS Chemistry assessment, you will have up to twelve weeks to work in the learning modules to improve your score.
  • Your twelve weeks of access in ALEKS Chemistry begins at your first log in. Please wait to log in until you are prepared to spend time working in ALEKS.
  • Your initial assessment must be completed in one sitting, set aside 1.5 to 2 hours to complete to the best of your ability.
  • After completing your initial assessment, you may work in the learning modules, where you will complete practice problems to raise your overall score.
  • While working on the learning modules, the ALEKS Chemistry may periodically ask you to reassess, which will replace your current score.  Your previous score cannot be recovered, and you must either reach 85% or higher, or continue working on the modules.
  • Reaching the required score of 85% can be done through both the assessments and learning modules. As long as the pie chart shows 85%, you have reached the required score.
  • Your score of 85% must be on file prior to the Fall drop deadline of 11:59pm on August 28th or you will be dropped from CH301. Click on the center of your pie to toggle to your percentage score: 

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  • Many incoming first-year students have not taken Chemistry recently, and consequently spend several hours in the learning modules to reach 85%. Please plan accordingly to allow yourself enough time to work on the modules to be best prepared for CH301 at UT.
  • You may use scratch paper and pencil.
  • A calculator and necessary tables will be provided by ALEKS when needed, please do not use your own.
  • You may not use books, other materials, the Internet, or consult with anyone during the assessment.