Math Placement Test

The UC Math Placement Test (MPT) is an alternative to the SAT or ACT, providing an accurate measure of an applicant's mathematics ability.

Applicants who submit MPT results instead of SAT or ACT test scores are still required to submit all other UC application requirements.

The MPT may be taken by undergraduate applicants who have not met the Proof of Mathematics Proficiency through either the SAT or ACT. Most academic programs at UC will accept the MPT as an alternative to SAT or ACT scores.

Please note: The College-Conservatory of Music has different requirements for Proof of Mathematics Proficiency. Contact CCM Admissions for requirements.

What subjects are on the MPT?

The MPT measures an individual's ability in the fields traditionally covered in United States high school courses, iincluding:

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus

The test lasts approximately 50 minutes, and scores are available to the student immediately after taking the test.

When can I take the MPT?

The MPT is offered year-round.

Where can I take the MPT?

The MPT can be taken at a number of locations around the world.

Contact a member of UC's international network to schedule the MPT.

In special circumstances, it may be possible to take the MPT on UC's Uptown Campus. To check for eligibilty, contact the International Admissions Office.


The applicant must contact a member of UC's international network and schedule a time to take the test. Members of UC's international network must contact UC International Admissions to obtain the applicant's username and password, which will allow them to access the MPT.

The test is taken online and lasts approximately 50 minutes. Test takers are permitted to use scratch paper and pencil/pen, but may not use calculators or any other outside help.

Test scores are produced immediately and added to the application within 48 hours.