Faculty Information on Applied Quantitative Reasoning Requirement & Placement Diagnostic
As part of the new General Education curriculum, which took effect with the entering class of 2020, all students are required to complete an Applied Quantitative Reasoning (AQR) course by the end of their third year in order to graduate. In AQR courses, students develop and use quantitative skills in an applied setting to consider, model, and solve discipline-specific or interdisciplinary real-world problems and interpret and communicate the results of their inquiries. While taking one AQR course is the sole graduation requirement, students may need to complete as many as two prior courses to enroll in an AQR course. Some students will need to successfully complete both MA 100: Quantitative Reasoning and a Fundamental Quantitative Reasoning (FQR) course. Other students will need to take only an FQR course in order to satisfy the prerequisite to enroll in an AQR course. Finally, other students will place directly into the AQR level either via standardized test scores or via their performance on an online QR Placement Diagnostic.
Students can meet the prerequisite to enroll in an AQR course in one of four ways (Figure 1):
- Achieving a score of at least 650 on the MSAT I examination, a score of at least 570 on any Mathematics SAT II subject examination, or a score of at least 28 on the Mathematics ACT examination to directly place into an AQR course. ACT or SAT scores must be submitted to the College.
- Taking the online QR Placement Diagnostic and earning a score on the diagnostic that places them directly into an AQR course. Incoming students who do not submit ACT or SAT scores or whose scores do not place them into an AQR course must take the online QR Placement Diagnostic.
- Taking the online QR Placement Diagnostic and earning a score on the diagnostic that places them directly into an FQR course. Students who place into an FQR course must successfully complete it by the end of their second year. These courses, which are offered by a variety of departments, emphasize the application of mathematical calculations and concepts to daily life.
- Taking the online QR Placement Diagnostic and earning a score on the diagnostic that places into MA 100 (Quantitative Reasoning). This course, which emphasizes basic quantitative reasoning skills in mathematics and statistics, is required for all students who do not place into an AQR or FQR course and must be successfully completed by the end of their first year. Students must then successfully complete an FQR course by the end of their second year.
Prerequisites for QR courses*
All students must complete one AQR course. No students are exempt from this requirement. However, similar to the Writing Requirement, students may be required to take up to two prerequisite courses, including MA 100 and a Fundamental Quantitative Reasoning (FQR) course. Students can enroll in an AQR course via a) standardized test scores, b) performance on an online QR Placement Diagnostic completed prior to summer registration, or c) completing prerequisite courses. See Figure 1. Students who place into MA 100 must successfully complete this course by the end of their first year. Students who place into FQR successfully complete an FQR course by the end of their second year. All students must complete the AQR requirement by the end of their third year.
No. The AQR requirement is not a math requirement. Applied quantitative reasoning
leverages mathematical skills, reasoning, and knowledge to understand our world and
to inform our lives and choices. Accordingly, the emphasis in AQR courses is on using
foundational mathematical understanding to characterize, comprehend, and model real
world empirical data to examine the behavior of populations or systems, with all the
complexity and nuance that entails; to interpret and communicate quantitative results
and data; and to use quantitative reasoning to make informed decisions.
As such, AQR courses are offered from a variety of disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, Geosciences, Political Science, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Social Work, and Statistics.
No. Old QR2 courses do not automatically become AQR courses. One of the reasons for passing the AQR requirement as part of our new General Education curriculum was to strengthen the quantitative reasoning abilities of all graduating students. The newly approved FQR and AQR courses are already available. They are offered by a range of departments and programs. Faculty interested in submitting a course to be approved as an AQR or an FQR course should visit here.
All advisors will need to be aware of their advisees’ current QR placement and be prepared to suggest appropriate FQR and AQR courses, as necessary. In many departments and programs, an AQR course may also be a required course for the major. In such cases, be aware that some students may need to complete both MA 100 and a FQR course prior to enrolling in the AQR course required for the major.
Incoming students who do not place directly in AQR via standardized testing must take online the QR Placement Diagnostic prior to discussing courses with their summer advisor. Unlike the old QR 1 test, students take the Diagnostic online and may only take it once. The purpose of the Diagnostic is to determine if students are ready for an AQR course or if they need to further develop their basic quantitative skills before taking an AQR course. Based on their performance, students may be placed a) into AQR, b) into FQR, or c) into MA 100. Students should complete the Quantitative Reasoning Placement Diagnostic or they may not be able to register for quantitative reasoning courses.
Please have them read over the FAQ on transferring QR courses.
The student will get an email with their QR placement within five business days of taking the diagnostic. Typically, it will be within hours of taking the diagnostic. Advisors will be able to see the placement in the Advisor Portal.
It may take up to a day after the placement to be in the registration system.
Direct your advisee to the student AQR FAQ. If there is a technical issue, suggest that they contact the SKIDMORE IT HELPDESK via e-mail email@example.com or via phone at 1-518-580-5900. The Skidmore IT HELDESK is open 8:30 am to 6 pm Eastern Monday through Friday. For other issues, e-mail the Quantitative Reasoning Director, Dr. Smriti Tiwari.
To develop an FQR or AQR course, e-mail the Quantitative Reasoning Director, Dr. Smriti Tiwari with any questions you have. The QR Review Team is looking for ways to partner with
the CLTL on professional development opportunities. If you have ideas or suggestions,
please contact the QR Director.
In addition, the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton has a number of helpful resources on the principles of teaching QR, designing assignments, assessing QR, QR across the curriculum, and QR/Math with other helpful resources.
Students who matriculated prior to the Fall of 2020 are under the old All College requirements and thus QR1 and QR2. Please go to the prior QR website for additional details.