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kevin connolly

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Registered: 12/3/04
Posted: May 29, 2004 3:54 PM
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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 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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