Preparing for the Q Test:

It is a great idea to review before taking the test, just to shake off any post-graduation cobwebs. Since almost all quantitative work in college is applied math, the Q test is mostly word problems. It is evaluating critical thinking and mathematical fluency in applications. The actual math involved is not complex.

These topics are covered: basic math, basic algebra (up to but not including polynomials or functions); reading graphs and charts; and drawing logical conclusions from statements or data. Please note that Geometry, Trig, and Calculus are not covered.

Many students prepare by reviewing problems from:

  • Khan Academy
  • Purplemath, ‘Beginning Algebra Topics’
  • basic math problems in an SAT or ACT prep book

No matter which path you choose, practicing some word problems in advance could help improve your confidence and accuracy!