Kilgore_Trout wrote:Make sure you have Ring theory down. The majority of the Abstract Algebra are on rings and not groups.
Princton, REA, and past exams are all helpful but there is a huge gap bewteen them and the relatively new exam. Also I finished the all the past exams with 15 min left but when i took the real thing I ran out of time both times I took it.
arctanX wrote:Princeton Review is excellent, SubjectMath.com is even better, REA - waste of time and not relevent.
I prepared using all of those including the 4 past exams and got 97%. I hope this helps.
arctanX wrote:For theory review I used only the Princeton Review book and SubjectMath.com. Then I solved any simulating test possible (4 past exam, 1 from Princeton Review, 1 from SubjectMath.com and all the SubjectMath.com little quizez). I also solved a few of REA's but it is obvious immediately that those question are too advanced for the exam.
For the test you don't need to know proofs, only concepts, main theorems and lemmas, and problem solving techniques for time efficient solutions. That is why I did not "hit the textbooks" and went directly to solving problems.
The test was a bit harder than the previous exams and about the same as the Princeton Review's and SubjectMath's. I used a lot of tricks and shortcuts for many problems and ended up choosing answers that I am 90% sure were right, but I guess that is the way to go. You don't have the time to double check your answers. I skipped problems that took me more than 3 minutes, and did not choose an answer to 3 problems altogether. The time was up just when I finished the last problem, there was no time to go over the harder problems.
As future mathematicians, we are used to 100% certainty in our solutions. However for this specific test we need to free ourselves from that burden. I went out from the exam with an ambiguous feeling about my performance, but got 97th percentile.
neochara wrote:For those who have taken the online course by "subjectmath.com", was it basically just covering whatever was in the princeton-review preparation book?
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