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Pat Fontana Jr

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Registered: 12/3/04
Posted: Jun 11, 2003 9:00 PM
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I found this message on another math forum. This guy - I think - has
the answer to all of our questions about the CST. I am taking it in
July and have done what this person has suggested. I feel prepared to
take. I guess I'll find out in July. Here is what he said ...
Re: How to prepare for the Math CST
Posted by Dana on 5/18/03

Thanks! That really really helps!
- -Dana

On 5/17/03, LR wrote:
> I took the Math CST on April 12 and just found out I passed
> with a 290, despite the fact that I was not a math major and
> haven't taken a math class since 1990. So I think my study
> plan worked. Here it is:
> 1. Know the material in the Regents A and B Let's Review
> Books by Barrons. You can skim the formal geometric proofs,
> since you aren't directly tested on that, but you should
> know everything else in there inside and out.
> 2. Get an introductory Calculus book and make sure you
> understand how Calculus works conceptually. I used a review
> book by Gootman, and it was perfect. You are not required
> to do any complicated derivatives or integrals, but you are
> required to understand what a derivative and integral are.
> 3. Get a college level algebra book (I used Schaums) and
> spend some time on graphing. Regents A and B is a little
> light in this department. Make sure you understand polar
> coordinates (this might be found in a trig review book.)
> 4. Get a college level book on Discrete Math and review the
> parts about matrices. This is not at all in regents, but is
> on the test. While your at it, you can use this book to
> review probability, permutations, combinations and set
> theory, if you need a little boost in these departments.
> 5. Get a short-short review of statistics and make sure you
> understand concepts such as standard deviation.
> 6. Get the Math CST sample test from and
> use that to see if there are any other areas in which you
> are especially weak. Note that this test is not really like
> the CST, but it can help you to identify areas of weakness.
> It is also a little pricey for the size.
> I think if you are really good and short on time, you could
> just do #1 and pass. Doing #1 and #2 should allow most math-
> oriented people to pass. The rest can up your chances and
> provide a boost to those who are poor test takers or just
> lower your anxiety, but aren't totally necessary.
> Finally, remember that the Math CST is less about being able
> to crunch numbers and more about understanding the
> underlying concepts of mathematics. For this reason it is
> probably unlike any math test you have taken previously.
> Despite my score, I left the test feeling that it was one of
> the hardest tests I have taken.

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