​​Is the Math Assessment required?

Math assessment is required of all new first-time college students attending Santa Monica College and of all students who wish to enroll in a math course for the first time.

What is the purpose of math assessment?

The purpose of math assessment is to recommend a math class that is neither too difficult nor too easy for you. 

What is the name and content of the math assessment test?

SMC uses the College Board "Classic Accuplacer" math test to assess students' skills in a variety of subject areas. All students start by taking the Elementary Algebra test, and depending on their performance they are then either 1) stopped, 2) routed to an easier test (Arithmetic assessment), or 3) routed to a more difficult test (College Level Math assessment) where placement will be determined. Given the adaptive nature of the test not all students will see questions in all content areas.

What skills are assessed by the Classic Accuplacer math tests?

The Accuplacer test assesses a variety of skills and in most cases students will see 12-20 questions.

Skills include:

How can I best prepare for the math assessment?

There are a variety of ways on how you can prepare to take the math assessment. We have compiled a variety of practice tests and resources that may help you prepare. You will find these examples on our Math Prep web page.

How is placement in math determined?

Placement into a math class at SMC is based on multiple measures. However, we place the greatest emphasis on your Accuplacer​ math assessment test. Thus it is critical you take the test seriously, take your time in reviewing questions and deriving a solution. Your score will determine which course you will be eligible for at SMC.