Advice for new students

What should I do before I take the QR Assessment and after I get my results?

Below are some recommendations and important information for incoming Wellesley students as they prepare to take the QR Assessment and plan their first year of courses.

Prior to the assessment

  1. Set aside some time to review the QR Assessment practice materials before taking the QR Assessment.
  2. Take the QR Assessment in a quiet environment with reliable internet and at a time of day when you do your best thinking. You will receive your results (on Workday) soon after the assessment window closes.
  3. If you do not satisfy the QR portion of the QR & DL requirement via the initial QR Assessment, please remember that there is a retake opportunity. We strongly encourage all students who do not satisfy the QR component on their first attempt to take the retake assessment. The retake covers similar topics to the initial QR Assessment but is composed of different questions.

After the assessment results come out

  • Your assessment results will be posted on Workday and will indicate whether you have satisfied the QR component of the QR & DL requirement via the assessment. This information will be available to both you and your academic advisor. You will be able to get feedback and advice on course selection prior to registering for your fall courses.
  • If you satisfy the QR component of the QR & DL requirement via the assessment, you may immediately enroll in any of the courses at the bottom of this page (for which QR is a prerequisite).
  • If you do not satisfy the QR component of the QR & DL requirement via the QR Assessment, you must enroll in QR 140 during your first year at Wellesley. Please keep the following in mind as you design your class schedule and discuss your course choices with your advisor.
    • First-year students who are interested in pursuing biology, chemistry, neuroscience, or premedical studies may enroll in Chem 105P or Bisc 110P during their first semester, prior to or concurrently with QR 140. These “P-labeled” sections are specifically designed to provide additional resources for students who want the opportunity to work on further developing their science/math skills within their introductory science courses. At the conclusion of the semester, you would be just as ready to continue to take future science courses as would a student taking the non “P-labeled section” of the course.
    • QR 140 is not a prerequisite for courses in the mathematics department, which have a separate placement mechanism. Thus, you may enroll in a calculus course prior to or concurrently with QR 140.
    • QR 140 grants the Mathematical Modeling distribution credit.
    • ​You can enroll in courses that have QR as a prerequisite only after you successfully complete QR 140.
List of courses for which the QR component of the QR & DL requirement is a prerequisite

Course number

Course name

Units

ARTH 222/MAS 222

Network Analysis for Art History

1.0

ASTR 100

Life in the Universe

1.0

ASTR 107

Exploring the Cosmos

1.0

BISC 108

Environmental Horticulture

1.25

BISC 109

Human Biology w/Lab

1.25

BISC 110

Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology w/Lab

1.25

BISC 111

Introduction to Organismal Biology w/Lab

1.25

BISC 112Y

Exploration of Cellular and Molecular Bio w/Lab

1.0

BISC 113/BISC 113Y

Exploration of Organismal Biology w/Lab

1.25

BISC 116

Fundamentals of Chemistry and Molecular/Cellular Biology w/Lab

1.25

CHEM 103

Elements and the Environment

1.0

CHEM 105

Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab

1.25

CHEM 116

Fundamentals of Chemistry and Molecular/Cellular Biology w/Lab

1.25

CHEM 120

Intensive Introductory Chemistry w/Lab

1.25

CS 111

Computer Programming and Problem Solving

1.0

ECON 101

Principles of Microeconomics

1.0

ECON 102

Principles of Macroeconomics

1.0

ECON 103/SOC 190

Intro to Probability and Statistical Methods

1.0

ENGR 111

Product Creation for All

1.0

ENGR 120

Making a Difference through Engineering

1.0

ES 101

Fundamentals of Environmental Science w/Lab

1.0

GEOS 101

Earth Processes and the Environment w/Lab

1.25

GEOS 102

The Dynamic Earth w/Lab

1.25

NEUR 100

Brain, Behavior, and Cognition: Intro to Neuroscience

1.0

PHYS 100

Relativity and Quantum Physics: Intro College Physics

1.0

PHYS 101

Einstein's Century

1.0

PHYS 102

Physics for Future Presidents

1.0

PHYS 104

Fundamentals of Mechanics w/Lab

1.25

POL 299

Intro to Research Methods in Political Science

1.25

PSYC 205

Statistics

1.0

QR 150/Stat 150

Introduction to Data Literacy: Everyday Applications

1.0

QR 190

Epidemiology

1.0

STAT 160

Fundamentals of Statistics

1.0

WRIT 163

Wealth and Poverty in America: An Economist's Perspective

1.0