General Chemistry CLEP

The CLEP Exam in General Chemistry is similar to a one year course taught at many colleges.

The topics in bold face are those The College Board indicates will be found on the exams. The percentages given after the main topic headings are only approximate. Always contact The College Board for the latest information. (Click on descriptions.)

Getting Started

Here are topics that you should definitely look up before you begin using other materials:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Chemistry, Physical
  3. Chemistry, Inorganic
  4. Chemistry, Organic
  5. Chemical Reaction
  6. Matter
  7. Matter, States of
  8. Molecule
  9. Gases
  10. Atom/Atomic Theory
  11. Ionization
  12. Acids and Bases
  13. Thermodynamics

Study Guide

The basic framework for the study guide is provided by two sets of lecture notes:
  • General Chemistry Online Fred Senese - Frostburg State University
  • General Chemistry R.H. Logan

    Additionally, several related courses are recommended for review purposes as they contain online tests.

  • Introduction (Senese)
  • First Things, First: Syllabus (Logan)
  • Basic Math Concepts (Logan)
  • Measurement (Senese)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (Gladney)
  • See also the Glossary on the General Chemistry Online

    Structure of Matter 20%

  • Matter (Senese)
  • Atoms and ions (Senese)
  • Composition of Matter (Logan)
  • Atomic Structure (Logan)
  • Periodic Trends of the Elements (Logan)
  • The quantum theory (Senese)
  • Electrons in atoms (Senese)
  • Chemical Bonding (Logan)
  • Molecular Geometry (Logan)
  • Molecules and compounds (Senese)
  • The periodic table (Senese)
  • WebElements the periodic table on the WWW - Mark Winter - University of Sheffield

    Review and Look Ahead

  • Unit 1: Back to the Basics (Chem 101)

    States of Matter 19%

  • Chemical change (senese)
  • The mole concept (Senese)
  • Gases (Senese)
  • Equations, Formulas, and Stoichiometry (Logan)
  • Behavior of Gases (Logan)
  • Thermochemistry And Spontaneity (Logan)
  • Liquids and solids (Logan)
  • Solutions (Logan)
  • Unit 6: Solubility and Redox Reactions (Chem 101)
  • Unit 3: Chemical Bonding (Chem 101)

    Reactions 12%

  • Energy and chemical change (Senese)
  • Unit 2: Advanced Basics (Chem 101)

    Thermodynamics 5%

  • Unit 5: Thermodynamics (Chem 101)

    Kinetics 4%

  • Rates of Reactions-Kinetics (Logan)
  • Molecular Equilibrium of Gaseous Systems (Logan)
  • Ionic Equilibrium:Acids, Bases, and Salts (Logan)

    Equilibrium 7%

  • Unit 7: Equilibrium And Acids (Chem 101)
  • Electrochemistry (Logan)


  • Check out the Help Files from Virginia Tech.
  • See also their Notes on Advanced Chemical Topics

    Descriptive Chemistry 14%

  • Unit 4: Up Close: The Periodic Table of Elements (Chem 101)
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry (Logan)
  • Introduction to Biochemistry (Logan)

    Experimental Chemistry 9%

    ChemLab Instruments & Techniques. Click on Techniques and then chose a course for experiments. (Dartmouth)

    Online Exams

  • Practice Problems by Topic (Logan)
  • Mark's Chemistry Tutor from (Logan)
  • Advanced Chemical Topics homepage. Click on Laboratory
  • Review Problem Set (problem sets developed by S.E. Van Bramer for chemistry and environmental science courses at Widener University.) from (Logan)
  • companion web site General Chemistry, Hill & Petrucci (Prentice Hall chemistry text book)

    Addison-Wesley Chemistry companion web site

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