This blog explores which option might be better for students taking AP Calculus or Ap Statistics in High School

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AP Statistics is an amazing class that will help you understand many of the concepts needed for Business Classes. AP Statistics is also very helpful for science classes as well because you learn the tools needed to prove hypothesis and understand reports. I feel AP Stats helps students understand the real world. AP Calculus is more useful if you are going to be studying engineer, computer science or any major that requires Calculus I and II in the teaching curriculum.

I have seen many students taking AP Calculus because they feel is more challenging than AP Stats. My experience is that AP Stats can be just as challenging as AP Calculus. Either way both classes can be fun and rewarding at the end.

What do you learn in AP Calculus?

AP Calculus is divided into AB and BC.

This link is from College Board, it describes in detailed the curriculum for both classes.

This blog explores a quick review of what to expect for the Quantitative section of the GRE® and how to study for it.

Congratulations!

You made that huge decision of going to Grad school.

You are so excited to get your application going until you see that dreadful requirement of taking the GRE®.

Let’s talk about the GRE® general test and how to NAIL the math section.

What is the GRE® General Test?

The GRE® is an adaptive test that includes an analytical, verbal, and a quantitative section.

The time to take the test is around 4 hours. You need to go to a designated center to take the test. It costs around $200 dollars each time you take it (OUHH).

This is why is important to really prepare for it.

What is on the Math Section of the GRE® General Test ?

There are 2 sections

Each section has 20 questions

You have 35 minutes per section

NO CALCULATORS ARE ALLOWED

“There is an on-screen calculator for the quantitative section, but most questions are designed for you to use math logic instead of calculations”

There are 4 types of question types:

Multiple choice (select one answer from 5 choices)

Multiple choice (select one or more answers)

Numeric Entry Questions (you enter the answer in a box instead of selecting it)

Quantitative Comparison Questions ( You have to compare two columns and their relationship (if it exists)

Do the questions get harder as I go?

No, the next section adapts to your level depending how you performed in the last section.

For example, if you took the first quantitative section and did very well, the next section is harder. The same happens if you did not perform as well on the first section, the level of difficulty decreases on the next section.

This is a HUGE advantage over other tests like the GMAT® that adapts the level of difficulty per question not per section.

You need to review your basic math such as percentages, ratios, averages, linear equations, factoring, word problems, probabilities, find the areas, perimeter, Pythagorean theorem, etc.

(Check out our website for free math tutorials and quizzes)

How can I start preparing for the GRE® Quantitative section?

Of course I am going to tell you to get a tutor because I am one , but you should first try to use the free math resources available online. Once you understand and maybe have taken a free test from the official website, then it is easier to decide if you need tutoring or if you can just self-study.

These are the best steps to prepare for the GRE® Quantitative section

The best material to always use are the official ETS books. Here you can see the books I recommend for Self-study. I highly recommend you to ALWAYS USE official material from the ETS http://www.gremathtutor.com/faq_gre.html

Once you get the books and have a feeling of the test, then you can decide if you need a tutor to coach you for the test.

BE AWARE OF MANY TUTORS ADVERTISING FOR THE GRE® WITH NO EXPERIENCE.

When you hire a tutor make sure he/she has the experience teaching the GRE®. Many times I have had students spending a fortune with tutors that are excellent with their math skills, but they did not coach them in the right direction.

Finally…….

How long should I study for the GRE® General Test?

The answer is very simple, you do not study for this test, you PREP for this test. If you have 2 weeks to take it, then you have two weeks to PREP. If you have 6 months to take the test, then you have 6 months to PREP.

“Prepping for a test requires a plan , a checklist and a deadline”

Before registering for the test, determine how much time you have to prep for the test. Taking a sample test on the official website will help you determine how long you should prep for this test.

Which test is harder
the Sat or the ACT?
This blog summarizes the difference for math sections for the SAT and the ACT.

The SAT® and ACT® have different structures.

Many students find the ACT® to be easier because:

All the questions are in a multiple choice format.

You can use a calculator for the whole math section.

The questions are shown in order of difficulty.

However, many students find the Sat® to be easier because:

The SAT® seems shorter because it has two sections instead of one.

The SAT® math might be easier to conquer than the math of the ACT®

SAT® Math sections:

The Sat® Math section is divided into two sections, you can use the calculator only in one section only.

The questions are formatted into multiple choice and grid-ins.

There is no penalty if you guess for the multiple choices.

The questions are not shown in order of difficulty.

The math section is divided into four sections: heart of algebra, passport to advance math, problem solving and data analysis, and advance topics.

Which math should I study for the SAT®?

You should really concentrate on understanding functions, linear equations ( y=mx+ b), solving basic word problems, basic geometry , and data analysis. There are some trigonometric questions for the test, but they are just basic trigonometry (SOHCAHTOA, degrees/radians conversion, understanding angles and its co-terminals (only for the sine and cosine), and understanding the transformation for the sine and cosine functions.

The ACT® Math section has only one section. There are 60 questions in 60 minutes.

The questions are formatted into multiple choice

There is no penalty if you guess for the multiple choices.

The questions are shown in order of difficulty

The math section is divided into pre-algebra, elementary and Intermedia Algebra, coordinate & plane geometry, and trigonometry.

“Many students find the ACT easier than the SAT because you can use a calculator for the whole math section”

Which Math should I study for the ACT®?

You should really concentrate on Basic and Intermedia Algebra. In addition, the ACT asks some questions about basic trigonometry as well and logarithms (basic ones)

An example of the same question for the SAT vs the ACT

For example, the ACT will ask you: for the following function F(x)=3x+40 find f(2), while the SAT will ask you “A rental car charges 40 dollars a month plus 3 dollars per mile driven. The cost function is C(x) = 3x+ 40, where x is the amount of miles. What is the total cost if the car drove 2 miles in a month?”

Both questions have the same answer, they are both functions. The ACT is more direct than the SAT for the math section.

How can I decide which test is better?

The best way to decide which test is better is to take a practice test for the SAT and the ACT and see for yourself which one you feel more comfortable.