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Thread: Highschooler taking the EXAM P

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    Cool Highschooler taking the EXAM P

    Hello there!

    New to the forums, just joined today after a couple months of just lurking around!

    So I have a question for you.

    I am very dedicated and determined as you might soon learn. I have a love and passion for math and am going to take the EXAM P in June next year but wish to prepare for it.

    In terms of school I have taken these courses:

    Grade 12 - Advanced Functions

    Includes:
    Functions-Inverse, Reciprocal, Absolute Value
    Polynomial Functions
    Polynomial Equations and Inequalities
    Rational Functions, Equations, Inequalities
    Trigonometric Functions
    Trigonometric Identities and Equations
    Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

    Grade 12 - AP Calculus (AB)

    Includes:
    Functions, Graphs, and Limits
    Derivatives
    Integrals

    With this school knowledge I will of course use the ACTEX or TIA books, but in terms of basic math knowledge needed do you think high school functions and first year calculus is enough?

    Alot of you won't be able to help me out, but any answers are welcome!

    Thanks for your help!

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    It seems like you have the calc that you need (you are familiar with integration by parts?). The calculus though really is the tool set to solving the problems. Understanding how to apply the tools you have to the problems comes easier if you have some discrete math under your belt (which most take in first year of college). So depending on how easy you take to that I'd say you stand a good shot at P. Being so early in the game means you have nothing to lose. Good luck!

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    Yes I have Integration under my belt.
    I haven't done Taylor Series, Series of constants etc. yet though.

    Thanks for your honest answer I appreciate it.

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    Well, you already know what ACTEX and TIA are. I am pretty sure you are way smarter than your peers. Therefore, go ahead.

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    Haha thanks.
    I guess I'll just go ahead and take the exam!

    Do you just need 50% to pass or is it a higher percentage? (Not aiming for 50%, but just wondering)

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    Usually, the passmark for exam P is around 64%. (30 questions in 3 hours)

    There are an unknown number of pilot questions which are not counted toward your grade. But don't worry about that. Just do your best.

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    There are pilots on P??? I knew about the pilots on FM but was unaware they were also in P.

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