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Dr Watson
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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2006 10:51      Profile for Dr Watson     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Okay, I took my ACT today... and what the heck! There's not enough time to get it finished! (I've always been the guy that has to stay after class to finish his chemistry test...) I think I did well on this, but only got about 55-60% finished in each section. I dont get how anyone does it, I'd say I carefully read all passages like the directons stated and answered what I did rather well. Is this a test of how fast someone can take a test? Whats the deal lol Anyone know their grading method? I'm wondering if I just screwed myself out of college & scholarships...

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast.

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Many of these tests deliberately give you a very short period of time to see how "innovatively" you can solve the problem, rather than relying on conventional (and usually slower) methods.

For example, one of the questions on the GRE was "What is the surface area of this rectangular prism?"

with some dimensions shown (all integers, but very large ones). I was short on time, so rather than computing the actual area, I checked whether each answer choice was divisible by 6 (by summing the digits and seeing if the sum was divisible by 3 and immediately eliminating any odd answers).

Only one was, so I picked it. That was the answer. I wouldn't have been able to finish the test if I had attempted to calculate the exact area.

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