One of the worst standardized mathematics examinations I have encountered, Math B, is entering its final lap.

The final administration will be June 2010, preceded only by January 2010, August 2009, and today.

This afternoon students across New York State will sit down to work on a mishmash of Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Statistics, Geometry, Probability, and who knows what else questions, united by bizarre penalties for rounding appropriately, and strange, often impossible/unreasonable ‘context.’ With luck the actual mathematical errors will be few, and will not be terribly distracting.

For those of you kiddies taking this thing:

You’ll need about half the points to pass. That number floats up and down every year. Don’t get thrown off if something is too hard for you; it may be. Just move on to the next question. Missing one is not horrible.

On Part I, if you leave some blanks because you really don’t know, that’s ok. But guess before you turn the paper in. There is no penalty for guessing on multiple choice.

On Parts II, III, and IV, write something, almost anything, for every problem. No blanks. Give the graders a chance to award partial credit.

Pencils and Pens. Calculator. (w/fresh batteries, PLEASE!)

Plan to stay most of the three hours. No rushing out. If you feel stressed or fatigued, take a break (Could be a stroll to the bathroom. Or try to remember the lyrics to your favorite song. Or count ceiling tiles.) Something to take you off focus for a limited period of time (no naps!) You may find you come back with restored mental energy.

Starting tonight or tomorrow I’ll post discussions of some of the interesting/awful/strange/bizarre questions. Check back.

And good luck. We got rid of this monstrosity, but not quickly enough to spare you. Sorry.

5 Comments leave one →
1. June 23, 2009 am30 10:11 am 10:11 am

And next June they will sit down to work on… a mishmash of Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Statistics, Probability, and who knows what else questions. Oh yeah, plus Series and Sequences.

2. Jason Macnamere permalink
June 23, 2009 am30 11:52 am 11:52 am

Well T-minus 45 minutes before i go to school and fail….i have no idea what most of this math b stuff means and yes, i did take it for two years

3. Naomi Guttman permalink
June 23, 2009 pm30 3:20 pm 3:20 pm

Too bad this wasn’t posted sooner. It might have helped a few people before the exams began today.

NG

• June 23, 2009 pm30 3:29 pm 3:29 pm

But it was. And it is the same advice teachers give all over the state (I think. I hope)

4. Jason Macnamere permalink
June 23, 2009 pm30 8:29 pm 8:29 pm

Well i took it….and bombed it so hard man…..i don’t think ive ever failed a regents…