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Tips on preparing for test traps

The pain-free way to maximize your score

Don't panic! You've got 60 minutes to answer 50 questions covering numbers, operations, algebra, functions, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and probability. How do you conquer exam jitters and score your best? This friendly guide delivers just what you need — a thorough review of math topics covered on the IC and IIC exams, plus two complete practice tests for each exam and lots of insider tips to help boost your score.

Discover how to

• Recognize wrong answers

• Zero in on the best answer

• Manage your time

• Minimize test-taking anxiety

• Familiarize yourself with the format

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764578441
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 413
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Hatch, JD, and Lisa Zimmer Hatch, MA, have taught SAT and other test-preparation courses for more than 25 years. Their online standardized test prep courses are currently offered at over 600 colleges and universities nationwide.
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Table of Contents


Part I: Putting the SAT II Math Test into Perspective.

Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on the SAT II Math Test.

Chapter 2: Maximizing Your Score on the SAT II Math Test.

Part II: Addition, Subtraction, and Beyond: Arithmetic and Algebra.

Chapter 3: Mastering the Basics: Numbers and Operations.

Chapter 4: Contemplating the Variables: Algebra.

Chapter 5: Minding Your Ps and Qs: Functions.

Part III: It Has Curves, and You Have Angles: Geometry and Trigonometry.

Chapter 6: Angling Your Perspective: Plane Geometry.

Chapter 7: Getting Graceful: Coordinate Geometry.

Chapter 8: Living in 3-D: Three-Dimensional Geometry.

Chapter 9: Give Me a Sine: Trigonometry.

Part IV: Highly Unlikely: Statistics, Probability, and Sets.

Chapter 10: Playing the Numbers: Statistics and Probability.

Chapter 11: Sticking Together: Sets.

Part V: Practice Makes Perfect.

Chapter 12: Practice Test 1, Level IC.

Chapter 13: Explaining the Answers to Practice Test 1, Level IC.

Chapter 14: Practice Test 2, Level IIC.

Chapter 15: Explaining the Answers to Practice Test 2, Level IIC.

Chapter 16: Practice Test 3, Level IC.

Chapter 17: Explaining the Answers to Practice Test 3, Level IC.3

Chapter 18: Practice Test 4, Level IIC.

Chapter 19: Explaining the Answers to PracticeTest 4, Level IIC.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Formulas You Need to Know on Test Day.

Chapter 21: Ten Definitions You Shouldn’t Leave Home without Knowing.

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    Posted August 9, 2005

    Sat II Math for Dummies--a review

    When Mattel brought out the talking Barbie a few years ago, cries of educators and feminists forced the toy company to take the chatty doll of the market. Nonetheless, the teaching of mathematics has caused chills in the hearts of high school students, many of whom realize this is a subject where close enough and fudging does not count. In the 1990s, the slogan 'do the math', to visualize a bargain made or lost, merely referred to elementary arithmetic. And McDonald's and other fast food purveyors have cash registers that only cite the name of the sandwich, and not the pricing thereof. The nasty numbers are forgotten. Lawyers, who, except in criminal law cases, usually deal with measurement of damages, division of property or other numerical concepts, are notorious for having avoided mathematics classes throughout their undergraduate training (law is one of the few graduate fields that has no prerequisites whatsoever). And so our country lumbers along with distressing mathematical illiteracy. It was largely to meet this unfulfilled need that the SAT II came into being. And, although the testing has changed, the phobias associated with math tests still remain. Ironically, math proficiency may be the only aptitude test that is relatively free of cultural bias. You do not have to be proficient in the English language to excel in mathematics. This book, like most of the 'Dummies' series, is 'for the rest of us'...including those who have somehow become good estimators, because they have avoided calculation throughout their professional lives. It is interesting, in this respect, to note that neither of the authors of this book is a mathematician. Scott Hatch is a teacher of law, Lisa Hatch a teacher of English. Both bring their sense of logic and a common sense approach to this most daunting of subjects. And they do it well. The aim of this book is twofold: to provide a review of high school algebra, geometry and trigonometry, on the one hand, and to teach the aspiring collegian the best strategy for success on the SAT II. In this regard, the Hatches follow the same teaching philosophy used in the other Dummies series. A substantive review of the subject (algebraic functions, for example) is immediately followed by the type of questions the test-taker might expect. In this regard, the Hatches use a handicapping system worthy of any good horseplayer or a guide to Vegas. By the time one finishes this book he or she should be an expert in casting out the egregious or hysterical answers, at the same time narrowing the field among possible answers. Of course in mathematics, more than in the other test subjects, a solid knowledge of the area is essential to winnowing out the wrong answers and zeroing on the correct--or at least the best--response. In addition to mathematics per se, the review guide goes into the field of probability, which, of course is the stuff statistics are made of. 'Mathematicians didn't like living in an imperfect world, so they created their own,' says John D. Williams, Ph.D., professor of measurement and statistics at the University of North Dakota. In fact, this book modestly bridges the gap between the abstract world of pure mathematics and the application to daily problems, using sports references and a slangy, jazzy writing style to appeal to the student and keep his or her interest. The problems are spaced along through the narrative at a pace that manages to keep your interest through the entire book. Mathematics is probably better classified as an art rather than as a science. In the Middle Ages it was considered one of the liberal arts, and, of course, it does not have an empirical base. Mathematics is based on assumptions rather than observation and experimentation. True, you cannot have a good scientific research paper without mathematics, but you can't have one without rhetoric either, and no one ever called public speaking a science. With regard to the me

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