Quantitative Readiness Assessment

Bryn Mawr’s graduation requirements will engage you in a variety of fields, expose you to emerging areas of scholarship, and prepare you to live in a global society and within diverse communities.   

Part of that preparation is the development of quantitative literacy.  During your time at Bryn Mawr, you may want to take courses that require “quantitative readiness.”  And at some point during your first few years, you will be required to complete at least one course which makes significant use of mathematical reasoning and analysis, statistical analysis, quantitative analysis of data or computational modeling. 

To make sure you are well prepared for these courses, we have designed an assessment of quantitative skills which each entering student will receive as an email attachment and will complete before July 8. This assessment will help us place you correctly in the quantitative courses that you will need at Bryn Mawr.  No matter how well (or poorly!) you performed in your high school math courses, or on your SAT’s, ACTs or AP exams, we ask that you complete this assessment to the best of your ability.  

Every entering student must complete this assessment before July 8. If for any reason you are unable to do so, you will need to interrupt your Customs Week activities to take it instead on Thursday, August 29.

Since the purpose of this assessment is correct placement, it is very important that you do the work yourself.  Bryn Mawr’s Academic Honor Code asks that you collaborate with others on your assignments only when and in ways that are permitted.  In the case of this assessment, you may ask someone to help you prepare, but you may not ask for or receive help as you are taking it. 

Those of you who like problem solving are likely to find this an interesting exercise.  Others might find it a little anxiety producing.  We encourage you to persevere!  The questions vary in difficulty, and questions that will be easier for you are scattered throughout.  Please do not get discouraged if you encounter several in a row that you find very hard.  Keep going and complete every question, as this will give us the most accurate assessment of your preparation.  Your results will be made available to your advisor so that you may be placed appropriately, but they will not be noted on your transcript in any way. 

This year marks the third year of the Q Project.  Among many other activities, it offers courses and workshops designed to help students who do not arrive with quantitative readiness or have some areas where their background is weak.  The director of this program, Betsy Horner, will be available this summer by email (bhorner@brynmawr.edu) if you have questions about the assessment or the program.    

 

Summer 2013