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Problem Solving Toolbox: Quantitative Literacy

Quantitative Literacy tool

Quantitative Literacy – also known as Numeracy or Quantitative Reasoning – is a "habit of mind," competency, and comfort in working with numerical data. Individuals with strong quantitative literacy skills possess the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. They understand and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and they can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate);  (Association of American Colleges and Universities, n.d.)

Throughout your career, you will have an ongoing need to read and interpret graphs, charts, and understand statistics.  Sales, financial, and demographic kinds of data are often depicted in this form.  Employers need employees who can accurately communicate numerical data, leading to better problem solving and better solutions, outcomes, and successes.

In this section you will find tools for working with numerical data. Resources are provided to help you solve quantitative problems from a wide array of contexts and everyday life. This includes tools and methods for communicating numerical data in a variety of formats such as tables, charts, and graphs.

Source: Association of American Colleges and Universities. (n.d.) VALUE: Valid assessment of learning in undergraduate education. Retrieved from