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Practice Problems

Math problems have historically comprised ~40% of the points on each exam. While math problems are more time-consuming than notecard problems per point, they comprise far too many overall points to not spend a significant amount of time preparing.

Similar to the lower level exams, at a basic level there are a finite number of computations that are testable from the syllabus. JEP's content database covers all of these several times over, providing you with practice applying the same math concepts in different scenarios, much like a real exam.

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How to Use
  1. Focus your time here 1-2 months prior to the exam sitting date or when you need a break from notecards.
  2. Practice problems include both mathematical and conceptual questions. The custom quiz build tool is the best way to focus on one versus the other.
  3. Complete both full-length timed exams and shorter, customized quizzes. We recommend doing shorter quizzes to learn most of the problem types, and doing a few full-length timed exams closer to the exam to build up your mental stamina.
  4. Use the provided Excel templates to practice doing problems in an environment as close to an actual exam as possible and upload your completed work to review or access later.
  5. Use our AI "autograding" feature on supported problems to get an objective perspective on how well your answer matches the correct one.
  6. Use the problems dashboard analytics along with the custom quiz build tool to spend more time on problems you haven't yet mastered.
Problems Breakdown

To aid with your studying, practice problems are broken down by the following dimensions:

  1. Topic - Location within the syllabus. There are three tiers total within the syllabus tree: topic, source, and chapter.
  2. User History - Whether the problem has been done by the user before, as well as whether the previous attempt was correct or incorrect.
  3. Problem Type - You can filter exams that came from a previous exam by the specific exam sitting it came from, as well as whether the problem has been marked by our course instructors as a "Gold Standard" problem (concise, effective demonstration of the math concept being tested). Not mutually exclusive.
  4. Math vs. Conceptual - Whether the problem is mathematical or conceptual in nature. Not mutually exclusive within multi-part problems.
  5. Previous Exam - Whether the problem comes from a previous exam or not.
  6. Gold Standard - Gold standard problems are generally simpler problems that focus solely on a specific testable math concept. This isolates the complexity of the problem into something that can be more easily studied and mastered.
  7. Bookmarked vs. Starred - You can both bookmark and star individual problems so that you can more easily come back to them later. What is the difference between the two? Bookmarking allows you to come back to the problem DURING the same quiz / exam, whereas starring allows you to come back AFTER the quiz / exam.
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General Guidelines
When working through a problem set:
  • Do not look at the answer until you have fully attempted to answer the problem.
  • Use the answer box provided, or pen and paper, to answer the problem.
  • Partial credit adds up - in order to receive as much partial credit as possible, practice showing as much work as possible. A good trick is to revisit old problem sets at least a week after working on them to see if you can follow your own work. If you can't, there is little to no chance a grader will be able to.
  • Whenever a problem provides an Excel template, use the template to practice doing Excel problems in Excel. Just like in a real exam, you can upload your Excel work back to the problem to use when grading.
Extra Goodies
  • Use the problems dashboard to view your progress and determine which problems to focus on next. The "Topic Mastery By Topic" section is a great place to determine which sections you haven't yet mastered.
  • If you are just starting out, click the "Build Custom Quiz" button and generate a few randomized practice quizzes of math problems only.
  • Want to skip over a problem and come back to it later? You can use the "Overview Page" to quickly travel to different problems, automatically marked as complete or incomplete to aid navigation.
  • As you complete more quizzes, use the fine level of detail available in the quiz builder tool to focus your efforts on areas where you have not yet performed well.
  • If you want to add a specific problem to a quiz, click the "Search & Add" button at the bottom. You can use free-text search to find the problem based on what you remember of it.
  • Use the history tool at the bottom of the dashboard to revisit old problem sets, regardless of whether they are still in progress or previously completed. Our system tags problem sets to help you tell them apart.
  • Having trouble keeping the various formulas straight? Download our formula sheet to specifically target memorizing and understanding formulas, and use at your convenience.
  • Have a question about a specific problem? Submit a comment to a problem's dedicated comment thread and get a response from your instructor in less than 24 hours.
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