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Re: CSTMATHREVIEW SOLUTION
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May 29, 2004 3:54 PM


this plan works. It was 15+ years since I took some of the math courses. Follow this plan  bu the Barron's review books (you'll need them anyway if you get a job in the state and it should work out fine!   Kevin C. > > >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. >> > > End of Forwarded Message
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