MMDE wrote:Agreed, I also ran out of time. Overall though I felt this exam was a little easier (though more computationally involved) than the September exam. Anyone know roughly how many questions right correlate to what percentile or where this information can be found?
ponchan wrote:MMDE wrote:Agreed, I also ran out of time. Overall though I felt this exam was a little easier (though more computationally involved) than the September exam. Anyone know roughly how many questions right correlate to what percentile or where this information can be found?
The ETS has a practice booklet that's been rescaled. It's the same as the 2012 test, but the scoring has been updated. 39 questions correct puts you at the 50th percentile.
ponchan wrote:MMDE wrote:Agreed, I also ran out of time. Overall though I felt this exam was a little easier (though more computationally involved) than the September exam. Anyone know roughly how many questions right correlate to what percentile or where this information can be found?
The ETS has a practice booklet that's been rescaled. It's the same as the 2012 test, but the scoring has been updated. 39 questions correct puts you at the 50th percentile.
jimmy wrote:ponchan wrote:MMDE wrote:Agreed, I also ran out of time. Overall though I felt this exam was a little easier (though more computationally involved) than the September exam. Anyone know roughly how many questions right correlate to what percentile or where this information can be found?
The ETS has a practice booklet that's been rescaled. It's the same as the 2012 test, but the scoring has been updated. 39 questions correct puts you at the 50th percentile.
I feel the actual percentile is lower than the percentile in the booklet.
chrisps1992 wrote:I found the practice test to be far easier than the actual test.
chrisps1992 wrote:Since this is the first time I’ve officially taken it, I can’t attest to previous years. However, in comparison to the official practice test the major differences are: more calculation intensive problems( more matrix operations and integrals\derivative\3D max and min problems ), the combinatorics\probability questions on the practice test are a joke compared to the ones on the real thing (with the exception of one or two freebies on the real test), the geometry problems are fairly similar, the diff eq was easy on both but computationally time consuming, several time consuming analytical geometry questions, the complex analysis was easy on both, the theoretical questions with Real Analysis/AA were harder while the Lin alg/topology were about the same, lastly, the questions generally ramped up in difficulty much faster after question 35 or so than the practice test. My friend took the one in September as well as this one and said that there was a lot more AA on the September test than this test, so he spent precious study time on AA when it would have been better spent practicing speed. So yea, they play around with question type composition to screw with you.
But someone in another post said almost the same. This test is mostly about how fast you can integrate, reduce\multiply matrices and find their eigenvalues\vectors. Also, you need to be as careful as you can when doing these operations, nothing is worse then spending lots of time row reducing a matrix only to find out your answer isn’t there because you made a mistake somewhere. The other thing I wish I had studied more for is the probability\combinatorics. This was probably my weakest area and you get like 1 really easy question, but the rest you really should just memorize formulas to fit specific problems. You don’t have time to reason through the question.
I just want to stress again: LITTLE MISTAKES KILL YOU. Dropping negative signs and things like that leading to your answer not being there and having to restart the problem or search for your error was probably my biggest time sink. Nerves play a big part into this. I was especially nervous because this was my one and only shot.
jimmy wrote:We may have gotten different tests. In my version, there was only one complex analysis question (62) and I didn't get it. I found the analysis questions ok cuz I spent some time reviewing concepts like compactness/uniform continuity and they appeared on the test, however I am not quite sure about the cone question which appeared around question 55. Calculus questions were generally not hard but you gotta be very careful cuz a tiny mistake may lead you to the wrong answer. The double integral question (around 35) took me a long time and I ended up skipping it. Some linear algebra questions in the latter half were tricky as well. All probability questions seem to be straightforward to me (there was one which involves using bayes rules).
ponchan wrote:Yes, we all get the same test. It's a myth that we don't.
lindal wrote:Sounds like we had the same test. As a sanity check for me, do you happen to remember something to do with the order of a permutation and roughly what question number it was?
lindal wrote:jimmy wrote:We may have gotten different tests. In my version, there was only one complex analysis question (62) and I didn't get it. I found the analysis questions ok cuz I spent some time reviewing concepts like compactness/uniform continuity and they appeared on the test, however I am not quite sure about the cone question which appeared around question 55. Calculus questions were generally not hard but you gotta be very careful cuz a tiny mistake may lead you to the wrong answer. The double integral question (around 35) took me a long time and I ended up skipping it. Some linear algebra questions in the latter half were tricky as well. All probability questions seem to be straightforward to me (there was one which involves using bayes rules).
Sounds like we had the same test. As a sanity check for me, do you happen to remember something to do with the order of a permutation and roughly what question number it was?
chrisps1992 wrote:Well now I have to determine if it is worth it to delay applying to graduate school for a retake of this exam. I am 26 years old, so I don’t know how favorably admissions committees view someone my age taking ANOTHER year to apply.
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