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Physics Placement Exam

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
  • Kinesiology Health and Human Performance
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Public Health

Exam Opportunities

The physics placement exam is the same for both PHSC 111 and PHSC 132.

Once you register for the exam, you will receive access within 1-2 business days on Canvas. Please check your spam/junk folder for this email from Canvas as it sometimes likes to hide there. Otherwise, you can also easily accept the invitation to join the class/exam and get access by simply logging in to Canvas. Access more instructions about how to log in to Canvas.

Register for Physics Exam

Note: If you do not pass the placement exam, you may take the exam again (optional), but it needs to be a few months apart from your first time. If you don't pass the placement exam, 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

  • 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 may take the placement exam a second time, but it needs to be a few months apart from your first attempt. Please plan accordingly.
  • 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 if you take the exam in person.


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