The Quantitative Literacy Requirement (2013)

Each student up to the Class of 2013 must demonstrate basic quantitative literacy by passing the quantitative skills examination, or by passing a course having a significant quantitative/mathematical component, or by completing a non-credit-bearing tutorial through the Quantitative Literacy Center.

Students who wish to take the QSkills Exam to fulfill the requirement may contact the Director of the QSR Center to arrange to take the exam. The quantitative skills examination tests basic mathematical and quantitative knowledge, including computation, algebra, analysis of graphs and charts, and probability.

Those who wish to take a course to fulfill the requirement should check Web Advisor for a current list.  The list of courses is also available in a course schedule booklet distributed by the Registrar before registration.  Tutorial help for students taking quantitative courses is available at the Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning Center and through the Peer Tutoring Program.

The Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) Center offers a ten session (non-credit-bearing) Quantitative Literacy Tutorial facilitated by peer tutors.  Completion of this tutorial during either semester is one way to fulfill the Quantitative Literacy Requirement. The non-credit-bearing tutorial contains four modules: Basic Computation, Algebraic Expression, Graphs and Charts, and Proportional and Functional Reasoning. Students meet weekly with their tutors to prepare to take a final module exam.  Participation in tutorials and the exam score are taken into consideration for the fulfillment of the requirement.

Students who elect to take the non-credit-bearing tutorial attend a meeting at the beginning of the semester to learn about the tutorials and to sign up for meeting times. Tutorials are scheduled throughout the week, depending on the tutors' schedules, and run for about ten weeks.  Tutors make every effort to accommodate your needs.

When you complete the tutorial, pass the exam, and review the results with a tutor, you have fulfilled the Quantitative Literacy Requirement.

This requirement should be fulfilled by the end of the second year at Hamilton College.

Tutor Appointments

Peer tutor and consultant appointments are managed through TracCloud (login required). Find resources and more information about the ALEX centers using the following links.


Jessica Kelly

Director of the Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning Center

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