quizivex wrote:cooper, A key thing to remember is that the QGRE (and PGRE) problems are only intended to take at most a few minutes. Many can be solved in your head, or at worst with a few lines on scratch paper. You'd never have to expand a large polynomial or divide out 7.18 / 5.93 explicitly. So if you find yourself doing a lot of work, you're probably missing the gist of the problem, and you should look at it again and try something else before continuing your work.
This fact helped me with those tests. For instance, if I saw the problem (99^9)/(9^99) or (11^9)/(9^90), on a math contest I'd be feebly trying all kinds of exotic *** to try to get an answer, knowing that a simple solution would never work... But if I saw it on the QGRE, I'd know it was supposed to be a joke, and I'd know to just divide the numbers, factor the 99's and 90's, and cancel. The same confusion would happen if I saw one of the Lagrangian PGRE problems in an end-of-chapter problem in Thornton-Marion.
So my advice is, instead of looking at a problem and immediately starting with the first idea that comes to mind, think about it until a straightforward solution presents itself... since you know there has to be one.
Thanks, I actually do that, try to find the simple trick. Usually, I am successful, but sometimes, this time, I couldn't see it. It's possible I was panicking and that's why I couldn't see it. Or maybe I was right about the intelligence thing, who knows.
Edit: My goodness, it seems you didn't panic when you took the test: 800 Q, 770 V (even your verbal score is higher than mine, up till now I took consolation that at least my Verbal score is higher than everyone else's here
), 4.00 GPA. Impressive. I never understood that. No matter how hard I try, I can't get a perfect GPA (typically, my GPA's are around 3.7, 3.8 ), if nothing else there is always some teacher who wont give me an A for some crazy reason (When I went for my Masters degree in Psychology, for example, I had a teacher that only gave out an A if the final paper was good enough to publish. To make matters worse, he claimed that published papers have to be written in formal English, I didn't even have a clue what formal English is. When I disproved his claim by bringing him some samples of papers written in informal English, he still stuck to his position. I later found out through another teacher that they gave up formal English in published papers decades ago. The first Professor probably hasn't read anything in a long time
. He certainly didn't put in too much effort to teach his classes.).