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Offline Athletix

POSS Math
« on: Oct 27, 2014, 04:55 »
Hey guys! First post here after absorbing all the useful information. I wanted to create the thread to ask a question and hopefully clear up a small question I had.

I know the math section is 46 questions in 17 minutes, and I also know from research done here it is split into 3 parts

Conversions
a few i've studied, feel free to recommend more
1 mile = 5,280 feet   
1 kilogram = 1,000 grams   
1 kilometer = 1,000 meters
1 kilogram = 2.205 pounds
1 hand = 10 centimeters
1 yard = 36 inches   
1 centimeter = 0.394 inches   
1 slug = 14.59 kilograms   
1 acre = 160 square rods   
1 mile/minute = 88 feet/second   
1 acre = 43,560 square feet   
1 fathom = 6 feet   
1 furlong = 40 rods   
1 hogshead = 63 gallons   
1 acre = 10 square chains   
1 gallon = 3.785 liters   
1 gill = .25 pints
1 rod = .25 chains
1 pint = .5 quarts   
1 pound = 16 ounces
1 barrel = 42 gallons
1 square mile = 640 acres
1 table spoon = 1 teaspoon

Algebra
using study guides and videos to refresh, this part doesn't scare me

Word Problems

*Here is my question
How are the word problems set up?

Are they simple algebra problems wrapped into a word problem
 ex. Little Sue has 70 candy apples and John has 30 candy apples. If John was to eat all of his apples and half of Sue's apples, what percentage of apples would be left?
    hasty example... btw John probably has diabetes

OR are they world problems that require formulas (these formulas on the practice test are provided).
 ex. What would be the height of a pyramid with a volume of 150 cubic feet and a base area of 60 square feet ?

I ask because if the later is the case, is it beneficial for me to memorize the formulas provided within the practice test? Also, should I range out and freshen up on the common formulas?

Offline Rennhack

Re: POSS Math
« Reply #1 on: Oct 27, 2014, 06:51 »
How are the word problems set up?

Are there word problems on the POSS practice test I linked?

Offline Athletix

Re: POSS Math
« Reply #2 on: Oct 27, 2014, 07:17 »
Yes there are word problems, and every question relates to a word bank with various formulas. I was asking because I have seen multiple posts that refer to this section as simple algebra word problems. The problems on the practice test dives into some trig(it does give the formulas though).. I'll just prepare for trig and if it's easier then so be it

Offline Rennhack

Re: POSS Math
« Reply #3 on: Oct 27, 2014, 10:07 »
I'll just prepare for trig and if it's easier then so be it

Sounds like a good plan.  I have not taken the test myself.  Perhaps one of our esteemed members could help you.

Offline HydroDave63

Re: POSS Math
« Reply #4 on: Oct 28, 2014, 05:37 »
The math word problems are like your pyramid example.

I wouldn't worry about the math section. What normally drags testing scores into the "not selected" category is low scores on the reading comprehension section (short essay, and tester answers questions based on essay quotes), timed nomogram usage (the bucket of bolts section), and the famous 'glue-this-to-that' (I know plant operators that couldn't tie their shoes til 3rd grade that passed this part, it ain't hard).

Good luck!

 


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