What is the Quantitative Reasoning Assessment (QRA)?
Quantitative reasoning is one of CCV’s graduation standards. To be sure all students meet the QR graduation standard, CCV requires degree students to prepare for and take a 33-question, 55 minute Quantitative Reasoning Assessment (QRA).
QRA and WorkKeys®
The QRA is more than just a degree requirement. CCV uses an exam created by WorkKeys® as its QRA. This exam, the WorkKeys® Applied Math assessment, is part of a nationally recognized credential. It measures the real world skills that employers indicate are critical to job success. Extensive work has been done to correlate the WorkKeys® Applied Math skill levels with thousands of job profiles. CCV students can research the skill levels needed for their career goals and can share their WorkKeys® Applied Math scores with potential employers.
CCV students must score a level 5 on the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Math assessment to meet the graduation standard. The majority of CCV students earn higher scores of 6 or 7.
WorkKeys® Applied Math Related Resources
General Information & Sample Questions
Matching Jobs to Applied Math Skill Levels
Preparing for the Assessment
Students can prepare for the QRA/WorkKeys® assessment using practices, resources, and quizzes in a CCV QRA Practice Canvas site. All CCV students have free access to this Canvas site and can use tools in the site to develop their math and quantitative reasoning skills and practice for the QRA. The resources are also helpful for brushing up on foundational math skills needed for success in developmental and college-level courses.
To enroll in the QRA Practice Canvas site:
It is best to take the QRA immediately after completing a college-level math course. The QRA is free to CCV students and is offered multiple times each semester. Students taking MAT-1030 Applied Math Concepts will take the assessment (QRA) as part of the course. Online MAT-1030 students take the assessment at their local academic center. Students completing other math courses can take the assessment in any CCV academic center.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of skills does the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Math assessment measure?
The QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Math assessment includes practical questions that test locating and identifying information and practicing application of that information. Some examples include: calculating the best deal, and determining production rates and measurements.
Is there a way to determine if my quantitative reasoning skills match my career goals?
Yes! Search the ACT Job Profiles webpage to determine the Applied Math level needed for thousands of jobs. The webpage allows you to search by job title or job cluster.
What should I expect when I take the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Math assessment?
The test is 33 questions long and you have 55 minutes to complete the assessment. The test will be administered on a CCV computer. You will also be able to use a pencil, blank paper, the Applied Math formula sheet, and a calculator during the test. You may use your own calculator, but it must be a simple (4-function) calculator. You may not use a cell phone as your calculator. CCV will provide a calculator if you do not have one.
You will have the opportunity to complete practice questions before the actual test launches. After the assessment, you will receive your score, a list of skills you have mastered, and suggestions for improving your skills.
Plan to arrive for the assessment early. You will not be able to take the assessment if you arrive after the start time. The test, setup, practice questions, and final feedback may take up to 1.5 hours.
How will I know my QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Math score?
A CCV staff person will print a certificate with your WorkKeys® Applied Math score after you complete the exam. Depending on staff availability, you may receive your results immediately following the assessment or the certificate will be mailed to you, usually within two working days.
The certificate will include a list of the skills that correlate to your WorkKeys® level. You must score at a 5 or higher to meet the QR graduation requirement.
What if I do not earn a score of 5 or higher on the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Math assessment?
If you do not reach level 5 on your first attempt, use practice resources in the QRA Practice Canvas site to further prepare for the assessment. Take one of the quizzes in the Canvas site; if you answer questions incorrectly, review the skills needed to solve the questions. Continue practicing and using quizzes until you successfully complete the 33-question Level 5 quiz in the Canvas site. Once you complete the 33-question Level 5 quiz with a score of 90% or higher, you can request a second attempt of the WorkKeys® Applied Math assessment.
Students are allowed to take the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Math twice per semester. You must wait a minimum of two weeks between your first and second attempt.
Do ADA accommodations apply for students taking the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Math assessment?
Yes, students must have a documented disability and must meet CCV ADA accommodation eligibility requirements to receive accommodations on the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Math assessment. Please work with the ADA coordinator in your center to determine if you are eligible for accommodations.
Can students who are out-of-state take the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment?
Yes. The WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment is a national credential, and there are testing centers throughout the United States. Use the ACT website to locate a local test center. Make the necessary arrangements, and to have your scores sent to the CCV Registrar’s Office. You will need to pay a small fee at a non-CCV testing center.
QRA Dates & Times
Active CCV students may take the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment free of charge at any CCV academic center. QRAs are scheduled as group sessions or as individual appointments.
For questions and information on how to register, please call the academic center.
Individual QRA appointments
St Johnsbury: 802-748-6673
Group QRA sessions
St Albans: 802-524-6541
Upper Valley: 802-295-8822
You can search for dates and times of the group QRA sessions using the Search for Sections tool in Web Services. Each session is listed as a section of GRS-2010 CCV QR Assessment. Enter the appropriate semester term, subject code (GRS), course level (2010), and CCV location to determine dates and times for academic center QRAs in your local area.