Quantitative Literacy & Mathematics

Quantitative Literacy Requirement (QL)

Quantitative Literacy (QL) is a "habit of mind," competency, and comfort in working with numerical data. Courses in this area will develop your ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. QL courses help develop the skills necessary to understand and create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence, and to clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).

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Competency in Basic Mathematics

**Please note**: All students are also required to demonstrate basic mathematic competency in one of the following ways before they are able to take a QL course.

  • Pass the University's mathematics competency exam administered by the Office of Academic Advising numerous times during the year
  • Successfully complete MATH 101 or a higher level mathematics course at Simmons University
  • Achieve a sufficiently high score on the mathematics section of the SAT, the mathematics achievement test, or an Advanced Placement exam in Math
  • Present evidence of satisfactory completion at another accredited college of a mathematics course at the level of MATH 101, or above, to the Registrar's office

You must satisfy the math competency requirement during your first year at Simmons. Students who do not pass the mathematics competency exam during orientation, or who do not meet the math competency requirement in one of the other ways described above, may choose to take MATH 101 in their first semester or to retake the test in November. If they do not pass the November test, they will enroll in MATH 101 in the spring semester. Students who matriculate in January who do not pass the mathematics competency exam, or do not meet the requirements in one of the ways described above, may take MATH 101 during their first semester or retake the exam in March. If they fail the test in March, they will enroll in Math 101 in the following fall semester.