Success Center

Math Proficiency Test


How can I prepare for the Math Proficiency Assessment?

The Mathematics Proficiency Assessment (MPA) is completed when a student is wishing to obtain an Associate Degree from Santa Monica College who have not completed Math 18, 20, 50, or higher. 

To complete the math proficiency, you will need to log into Corsair Connect and complete the math placement process for "Liberal Arts and Social Sciences". Once logged in, you can find the "Placement Tab" on the top right and corner of your screen. You must complete the whole placement process and accept your results. Once you have completed this process, please contact SMC Counseling to confirm your next steps.   


  • Completion of a minimum of 30 Associate in Arts Degree applicable semester units. The Success and Engagement Center will verify this at the time of sign-up by reviewing Cumulative Units Completed indicated on the Santa Monica College transcript and other scanned college transcripts.

  • Retesting for the Mathematics Proficiency Assessment is limited to one time only after waiting a period of eight (8) weeks after the first test was taken. Additional retesting will not be provided under any circumstances.

  • Failing the test will necessitate the completion of Math 18, 20, 50 and any relevant prerequisites.