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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
  • solving
    • 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. 

QL 122 / GEQL 130 Practice Assessment

QL 122 / GEQL 130 Practice Assessment w/solutions


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