So this may seem to be a dumb question since the answer is simply "buy the practice test and packet off their website". But considering I've put 90 bucks into Lockport and Coal City, and have taken Stanards test twice now, I was hoping I could get some help on cheaper or free sites focused on the word math problems. My whole life I've struggled with math and have been spending hours and hours re teaching myself what I can because I know this test will be the same one I've taken twice now. Any help would be great. I am blonde but I promise I am not dumb. Just horrible at math, but have a passionate dream of becoming a police officer.
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Originally posted by Shmandalynn View PostSo this may seem to be a dumb question since the answer is simply "buy the practice test and packet off their website". But considering I've put 90 bucks into Lockport and Coal City, and have taken Stanards test twice now, I was hoping I could get some help on cheaper or free sites focused on the word math problems. My whole life I've struggled with math and have been spending hours and hours re teaching myself what I can because I know this test will be the same one I've taken twice now. Any help would be great. I am blonde but I promise I am not dumb. Just horrible at math, but have a passionate dream of becoming a police officer.

The test that Stanard and Associates uses is a standardized national police test called the POST test. If you Google "practice post exam police officer" you should find some free practices tests. I did this just recently and it helped me with the math sections as well. Good luck!
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For word problems you might want to practice
parsing the English into Algebra.
Here's an example 
(not from the test and not originated by me) 
If a brick weighs 5 pounds plus half its weight,
how much does the brick weigh?
w=5+1/2w
multiplying every term by 2
to eliminate the division by 2 in the 1/2 we get ...
2w=10+w
and then subtracting the extra w from each side ...
w=10
... the brick weighs 10 pounds ...
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Originally posted by Monty Ealerman View PostFor word problems you might want to practice
parsing the English into Algebra.
Here's an example 
(not from the test and not originated by me) 
If a brick weighs 5 pounds plus half its weight,
how much does the brick weigh?
w=5+1/2w
multiplying every term by 2
to eliminate the division by 2 in the 1/2 we get ...
2w=10+w
and then subtracting the extra w from each side ...
w=10
... the brick weighs 10 pounds ...
so wouldn't the answer be 7.5 the way you worded that question.....
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Originally posted by younggun3515 View PostHalf of the bricks weight of 5 lbs would be 2.5 lbs...
so wouldn't the answer be 7.5 the way you worded that question.....
If the brick weighs 7.5 pounds, then half its weight is 3.75 pounds 
so 5 pounds plus half its weight would be 8.75 pounds 
it can't weigh both 7.5 pounds and 8.75 pounds 
to see it in a slightly different way,
you can see that everything weighs half its weight plus the other half 
so that if the other half is 5 pounds, the first half is also 5 pounds 
wherefore the brick must weigh 10 pounds 
5 pounds plus half of its 10 pound weight ...
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Originally posted by Monty Ealerman View PostThe brick weighs whatever "5 pounds plus half its weight" is 
If the brick weighs 7.5 pounds, then half its weight is 3.75 pounds 
so 5 pounds plus half its weight would be 8.75 pounds 
it can't weigh both 7.5 pounds and 8.75 pounds 
to see it in a slightly different way,
you can see that everything weighs half its weight plus the other half 
so that if the other half is 5 pounds, the first half is also 5 pounds 
wherefore the brick must weigh 10 pounds 
5 pounds plus half of its 10 pound weight ...
if the brick weighs 5 pounds and you add half of its weight how much does it weigh
good thing i finished all of my college math classes lol
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Originally posted by younggun3515 View Postthe way i read the question was
if the brick weighs 5 pounds and you add half of its weight how much does it weigh
good thing i finished all of my college math classes lol
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Originally posted by Shmandalynn View PostSo this may seem to be a dumb question since the answer is simply "buy the practice test and packet off their website". But considering I've put 90 bucks into Lockport and Coal City, and have taken Stanards test twice now, I was hoping I could get some help on cheaper or free sites focused on the word math problems. My whole life I've struggled with math and have been spending hours and hours re teaching myself what I can because I know this test will be the same one I've taken twice now. Any help would be great. I am blonde but I promise I am not dumb. Just horrible at math, but have a passionate dream of becoming a police officer.
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Originally posted by ChiTownDet View PostMonty, most of these kids on here are trying to get on the job. Don't go phycking them up with your mind games. Let them get on before you start spewing some of your shiate. We all know you're the smartest guy in the room.
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Thank you everyone, for your input I know the answer to my question may have seemed as simple as googling what I was looking for. But as Monty said, some people become easily confused or perceive the word math problems as more difficult than they are meant to be. I'm one of those types. It has been very frustrating, but I am making progress.
Thank you again
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