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Physics Placement Exam

The following information is for incoming/new students only.

If you are a current student needing to take a physics placement exam, please contact the CPE Department at

Majors Requiring Physics

The following majors are required to take either PHSC 111: Physics I or PHSC: 132 General Physics I for their majors.

  • Applied Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Human Biology
  • Kinesiology Exercise Science and Health Promotion
  • Kinesiology Prephysical Therapy
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Public Health

Exam Opportunities

The physics placement exam is the same for both PHSC 111 and PHSC 132. It is required for all majors listed above.

  1. Science, Technology, and Health Advising Day (May 15 or 16): Students attending the Science, Technology, and Health Advising Day, May 15 or 16, will take it at this event. Register for this event.
  2. Orientation (August 29): You may take the CHEM 120 placement exam on campus at Biola during orientation. The exam is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 10:30 a.m., BUSN 103. Pre-registration is preferred; please fill out the registration form. Exam scores will be posted in the CPE Dept office lobby on Friday, August 28, 10:00 a.m.

Note: If you do not pass a placement exam or online tutorial, you are required to take PHSC 092: Introduction to Physics (a semester-long course).

Study Materials

These resources cover much more material than the test does, so please focus your studying on only the topics listed above. This exam mainly tests your math proficiency, not your specific knowledge of physics.

Things to Know

  • There is not an online version of the physics placement exam.
  • It is important to take this exam prior to your fall semester. Be sure to take your placement exam promptly because if you do not pass the exam, you will be required to take PHSC 092 Introduction to Physics before you can enroll in your first physics course.
  • You will have 90 minutes for the exam. It is multiple choice. Passing is 25 correct out of 40 questions.
  • You may use a non-graphing calculator. We have one you can borrow for the exam.


Email the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department any questions you may have, at Be sure to use your Biola email address!