LSP 120 - Quanatitative Reasoning Proficiency Exam


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Özlem Elgün


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Proficiency exams will only be offered Monday through Friday 9 am through 5 pm CST, subject to the availability of time slots.

To schedule a Proficiency Exam for LSP 120 contact: Özlem Elgün at


The purpose of the MTL courses at DePaul University is to help students to become confident and critical users of quantitative information. These courses address the growing need for quantitative and computer literacy in the face of an enormous expansion in the use of quantitative methods and information in the social and physical sciences as well as daily life.

Testing Out of LSP 120

If you feel you already know the material in LSP 120, it is possible to take a proficiency exam to test out of this course. The testing guidelines are as follows:

·         You may take the proficiency exam at anytime; however, if you are registered for the course and want to add/drop, you must take the test during the first week of the start of classes (or the first two days of the start of classes in the summer). Please see above.

·         Students make not take the proficiency exam if the course is listed on their official transcript.

·         The proficiency exam consists of 9 problems (with multiple parts) that cover most of the topics listed below.

·         To successfully complete the requirement for LSP 120, a score of at least 70% is required.

·         The proficiency exam is taken in SAC 288 by appointment. A limited number of online proficiency exams might also be available. Please contact Özlem Elgün at or call (773) 325-4663.

·         There is a strict time limit of two hours for each exam.

·         Programmable calculators are not allowed. There is a scientific calculator available on the computer you will use.

·         The QR center reports these scores to your college office.

·         This exam may be taken only once.

·         If you are enrolled in the class when you pass the proficiency exam, you must drop the class (generally through Campus Connect). Students who drop the class after the add/drop deadline will receive a W on their transcript. If the exempted course is not officially dropped before the drop deadline, the grade given by the instructor based on class performance will appear on your official transcript. For important dates see: Academic Calendar.

·         If you pass the proficiency exam, you will not receive course credit, but will have satisfied LSP 120 requirement.

·         For the test, you will be required to show your DePaul ID card.

·         If you have any other questions, please contact Özlem Elgün at or call (773) 325-4663. You may also stop by SAC 288.

Guide for LSP 120

As part of LSP 120, you are expected to be proficient in the following math concepts and Excel skills. To assist you in your review, we have attached notes and practice questions along with the percentage of problems covering that topic on the exam.





Absolute and Relative Quantities
& Basic Excel Skills (42%)

·         Percentages

·         Poverty in the US

·         Sports Injuries

·         StatePopulations

Creating Effective Graphs (7%)

Linear Modeling - Trendlines (17%)

Exponential Modeling (12%)

Savings Accounts (Compound Interest)
& APY (10%)

CPI (12%)