410 -- not bad for a ex-computer weenie
The one useful thing I got from an education degree was an understanding
of testing theory. These guys made the same mistake you see on every
standardized test: only ONE selection can be true. Corollary: "All of the
above" should never be used. If "All of the above is correct", then all of
the other answers are also correct. The test designers try to get out of
this by saying, "Choose the most correct answer". But this is equivalent
to saying, "Choose the most pregnant woman". An answer is either correct
OK, I feel better now. Thanks for listening.
Please, if we can't see the answer sheet, don't recommend the test.
I went and took it, got 400, but was disappointed in not having an
opportunity to know which questions i got "right" according to thier
Reading the responses here, it would appear that I share some of
"folk's" concerns relative to the design of the test.
I hate to count gear teeth (they could have done that for us with
I should have eaten breakfast instead
Scored 480, missed two questions.
(Sorry if this post gets duplicated but it didn't go through the first
time I submitted it)
The question about the normally aspirated engine I believe was
ambiguous. I wasn't sure whether to pick atmospheric pressure, or
vacuum created by the piston as the reason for their being airflow.
The reason being that the airflow is a result of the pressure
differential between the atmosphere and that inside the cylinder, so
either of those two choices by themselves is really only half the
answer. I more or less randomly picked the vacuum answer since it
seemed more a specific aspect of an engine - but that was the wrong
In fact, the other multiple choice answer "gravity" plays a factor in
the whole thing too since there would be no atmosphere if there were
no gravity :-) Gravity also produces the atmospheric pressure as
The other one I missed was the one with the gear drive train. I knew
which direction and what (relative) speeds the gears were spinning but
was not familiar with the terminology of the labels.
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