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 the hypothesis and understand reports.

AP Calculus is more useful for student’s any major that requires Calculus I and II in their college curriculum (Engineer, Computer Science, Medicine, etc)

Either way, both classes can be fun and rewarding at the end.

What do you learn in AP Calculus?

AP Calculus is divided into Calculus AB (Calculus 1) and BC (Calculus II)

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).

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

There are 2 math sections

Each section has 20 questions

You have 35 minutes per section

2) Are Calculator allowed?

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 choices (select one answer from 5 choices)

Multiple choices (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)

3) Do the questions get harder as I go?

No, the next section adapts to your level depending on how your performance 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 in 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.

The best material to always use is 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.

Hire a tutor with experience teaching the GRE®.

Many times I have had students spending a fortune with tutors that are excellent with their math skills, but not familiar with the test format.

Finally…….

6)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® is 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, a calculator and a non-calculator section

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

There is no penalty for guessing on the multiple choice questions.

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 advanced 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 drove. 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.