The Biology exam is intended for students with significant prior experience in chemistry and biology.


(505) 224-3244

Office Hours

8 am to 7 pm

Friday: 8 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm
(Main Campus only; limited testing please call to confirm your exam)

Exams will be collected 15 minutes prior to closing.

The Assessment Center has suspended all in-person testing at all campuses through May of 2020.

If you are interested in taking the Biology Placement Exam from your home during this time, please schedule through this link.

About the Biology Exam

  • It is completely free, but please remember to schedule an appointment prior to testing.
  • The exam is given at any CNM Assessment Center, except at the South Valley campus.
  • Pass the exam with a score of 64 and BIOL 1140/1140L (BIO 1410/1492) and CHEM 1120/1120L (CHEM 1410/1492), and prerequisites for BIOL 2310/2310L (BIO 2110/BIO 2192), and/ or BIOL 2210/2210L (BIO 2210/BIO 2292) will be waived. *old course numbers in parenthesis
  • It will also waive the Biology and Chemistry prerequisites for NUTR 2110
  • It will not waive the prerequisites for any other course(s)
  • A grade of “B” or better in high school biology and chemistry within the last three years or significant background experience in these two areas is the suggested minimum preparation 
  • Must wait 24 hours to retest; only two attempts allowed


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Biology placement flyer and study guide