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CSTMATHREVIEW SOLUTION
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Jun 11, 2003 9:00 PM


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 shortshort review of statistics and make sure you > understand concepts such as standard deviation. > > 6. Get the Math CST sample test from www.xamonline.com 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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