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What portion of students who graduate from a 4-year college are proficient in practical math skills, such as figuring out a tip or determining the amount of interest on a loan?

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Using test questions from the National Center for Education Statistics' adult test of practical literacy, the American Institutes for Research assessed the skills of a random sample of graduating college students in 2003. Among students who graduated from a 4-year college, 39% of males and 30% of females achieved a rank of "proficient" on "quantitative literacy." Quantitative literacy is the ability to "identify and perform computations ... using numbers embedded in printed materials," such as "balancing a checkbook, figuring out a tip, completing an order form, or determining the amount of interest on a loan from an advertisement."

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