how long/hard do i need to study for the ASE's????

<p>hey guys,</p>

<p>wanna take as many of the following as possible this coming ase period: 18.02, 18.03, 18.06, 8.01, 8.02. long story but instrumental to my game plan for next semester. i've taken 18.02 and 18.03 at comm college but didn't get the transfer credit, and know the material in the rest at probably a comm college level but not rigorously. how many realistically can i prepare for between now and february? how long did you guys have to study for them? do you need to do the psets/tests for the entire class (in which case im effed)</p>

<p>I'm a bit confused. </p>

<p>Are you admitted? Are you a transfer? Are you a current student? And why the hell do you want to make MIT harder than it is?</p>

<p>i'm a current student! and it's a long, arduous story that i don't have time to tell on christmas eve eve, but i gotta start making decisions on how to spend the rest of vacation so since you're a college rep please impart me with some college rep wisdom.. how hard are they to prepare for? if i study through IAP do i have a shot in hell at passing even 1 by february?</p>

if i study through IAP do i have a shot in hell at passing even 1 by february?


Well, of course -- but aren't ASEs taken during IAP on A/B/C/no record and not P/NR?</p>

<p>ahh, forgot about that. i also mistyped above -- i don't need to take the 8.01. would be it be possible to study for 18.02, 18.03, 18.06 and 8.02 between now and the february date and do well in all of them or is like that trying to cram all the intricacies of 4 MIT classes into a month even if i have a background?</p>

<p>It's possible, but doesn't seem particularly realistic. Why don't you just take the classes?</p>

<p>trust me you don't have time for the backstory.... i can take the classes just trying to knock out as many as possible. how many do you think is doable? 2? 3?</p>

<p>I don't think it's possible for us to give you any useful information. We don't know how well you are prepared. We don't know what your educational background is. Are you a USAMO qualifier trying to ASE out of 18.02? That's different from being someone whose first calculus was 18.01 trying to get out of 18.02. And that's one example for one class. </p>

<p>And even if you told us...I don't know of how much help we could be. If you want to do it, then I guess you might try, but as mollie said it's a/b/c/NR and you'll have to check that out as well.</p>

<p>Trust me, I have time for the backstory.</p>

<p>As an example for the pass rates see the Tech from fall 2009:
Frosh</a> Advanced Standing Statistics: Few Changes - The Tech</p>

<p>8.02 81.40%
18.02 61.80%
18.03 81.82%
18.06 88.89%</p>

<p>I think the high pass rates tell you that these exams are fairly true to the courses.</p>

<p>The course materials are available on OpenCourseWare. The classic way to self-study is to pre-assess, then go back and relearn the background for the things you got wrong. Assess again, and repeat. </p>

<p>If your first assessment shows you that you already know most of the material, brushing up in a month is quite doable. A reasonable course load for self study is probably one course per month from scratch. If you are half-way there, you could probably do two courses. Keep in mind that it is not fun to do badly, so you should probably be a little conservative in your estimate of what it it possible to accomplish through self-study.</p>

<p>YMMV, but that's the advice I would give my son.</p>