Initial Assessment for QL 122 / GEQL 130
Quantitative Literacy in the Modern World/Quantitative Literacy in Women’s Lives Assessment
The Quantitative Literacy in the Modern World/Quantitative Literacy in Women’s Lives CPL assessment includes concepts from rational number operations and algebra, with questions including primarily word problem applications and a few calculations. You may use a calculator on the assessment but are encouraged to show all your work to illustrate the process used.
Topics covered on the assessment include:
- solving word problem applications using proportions, percents, linear equations, and inequalities in one and two variables
- performing calculations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals, fractions, and positive and negative numbers
- using order of operations including square roots and exponents
- evaluating expressions when the values of variables are given
- linear equations and inequalities in one variable
- literal equations (rearranging a formula for a different variable)
- systems of equations using two variables
Effective strategies include:
- carefully reading an entire problem and isolating what information is provided and what you need to solve for
- visualizing the problem by drawing a picture or diagram
- writing an equation or expression to model the situation described in the problem
- checking to see if your answer is reasonable within the context of the given information
- checking for calculation errors
These assessments are not timed. As a guideline, most students spend about an hour to an hour and one-half for the assessments. Additional time is available if needed.
Below is a link to a sample assessment. The sample is designed to reflect the length and level of expectation of the CPL assessment. Specific question types will vary on the actual CPL assessment.