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Quantitative Reasoning

Applied Quantitative Reasoning Requirement & Quantitative Reasoning Placement

The Applied Quantitative Reasoning (AQR) requirement of the General Education curriculum at Skidmore College requires students to successfully complete an AQR designated course by the end of their junior year.  These courses, which are offered by a variety of departments, emphasize the use of statistical and/or mathematical models in (inter)disciplinary fields of interest and may involve the use of computers to analyze empirical and/or mathematical data. To enroll in an AQR course requires fulfilling a QR prerequisite(s) based on your quantitative reasoning placement. Students can meet the prerequisite to enroll in an AQR course in one of four ways (Figure 1):

  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 place directly into an AQR course. ACT or SAT scores must be submitted to the College.
  2. Taking the online QR Placement Diagnostic and placing directly into an AQR course. Incoming students who do not submit ACT or SAT scoresor whose scores do not place them into an AQR course must take the online QR Placement Diagnostic.
  3. Taking the online QR Placement Diagnostic and placing into a Foundational QR course (FQR course). Students who place into an FQR course must successfully complete it by the end of their sophomore year. These courses, which are offered by a variety of departments, emphasize the application of mathematical calculations and concepts to daily life.
  4. Taking the online QR Placement Diagnostic and placing 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 an FQR course and must be successfully completed by the end of their first year. Students must then take and successfully complete an FQR course (as described above) by the end of their sophomore year.

For incoming students, quantitative reasoning placement either through standardized test scores or the online QR Placement Diagnostic should be completed prior to talking with your advisor and before class registration.

QR Figure 1

 

Prerequisites for QR courses*

AQR – placement at AQR level or completion of an FQR course
FQR – placement at the FQR or AQR level, or completion of MA 100
MA 100 – placement at the MA 100 level
* Note that individual courses may have an additional prerequisite(s) or corerequisite(s). It is your responsibility to determine what is required before enrolling in a course.
 

Many students may be interested in taking a specific AQR course during their first semester at Skidmore. These students are encouraged to register for their preferred course.  However, an incoming student must have placed at the AQR level in order to enroll in an AQR course. This is done either by submitting the required SAT or ACT scores (as described above) or taking the online QR Placement Diagnostic (as described above) and earning a score on the placement diagnostic that places them into an AQR course.

Students who place directly into an AQR or FQR course have the option of taking one or more FQR courses to fulfill requirements for their major(s) or minor(s).  Students who place into MA 100 must take and successfully complete MA 100 before enrolling in any FQR courses.

Learning Goals for AQR Requirement

Upon successfully completing the AQR requirement, a student will be able to do the following:

  • Use statistical and/or mathematical models to characterize empirical data;
  • Understand, model, and predict the behavior of populations or systems;
  • Interpret and communicate results orally and/or in writing; and
  • Use quantitative reasoning for informed decision-making.