1. *x* = current ability to solve supposedly algebra-level math

Column Ax / years since you passed AP Calculus like a pro |
Column Bx / debilitating fear of complete ineptitude |

A) The quantity in Column A is greater.

B) The quantity in Column B is greater.

C) The quantities are equal.

D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

2. Paul started studying for the GRE x weeks ago.

Column A 26 x |
Column B the length of time his GRE study book sat without being touched |

A) The quantity in Column A is greater.

B) The quantity in Column B is greater.

C) The quantities are equal.

D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

3. 0 < amount of effort spent studying < a billion

Column A (amount of effort spent studying) – (hastiness of studying) |
Column B ((amount of effort spent studying) (ounces of jelly belly jelly beans consumed)) / (number of porcelain onlays that fell out again while consuming jelly beans) |

A) The quantity in Column A is greater.

B) The quantity in Column B is greater.

C) The quantities are equal.

D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

Solutions:

1. A

2. C

3. B

*grad school, lists, rationalization, Uncategorized*

Brian

January 31, 2010

For #1, if you’re trying to solve math problems using calculus, you’re doing something wrong and need to re-read your book. No problem should require anything more than algebra II, and most problems require only simple arithmatic to be solved “properly” (here, properly == the way that maximizes your score…)

For #2, the answer is actually D since the quantity in column b is unitless, so it cannot be determined from the given information (if it was a month, for example, the answer could be 1, 4, 30, or any linear combination…)

Overall: that book is only semi-useful. What is more helpful is what they offer online, which is the practice exams and the online study sessions — but mostly the practice exams. Do those!

Paul

February 3, 2010

i went through that GRE book you saw, but also went through the crash course book and a set of barron’s flash cards. also took four practice tests. i did pretty well, in my opinion.

Brian

October 29, 2010

That Crash Course book is riddled with errors. The Princeton Review books and materials are really starting to piss me off. I’m signed up to take it again in a couple weeks. C’mon 730+ in math…