Thread subject: The Dyscalculia Forum :: IELTS - failing a language exam. bcs of dyscalculia?!
Posted by Marthinika on May 11 2012 02:53 PM
I'm hoping for some advice or info. Due to a messed up school career bcs of dyscalculia I didn't have the chance to do higher education. I've now decided to give it a last try and get into uni as a mature student and as a non-native speaker of Eng. I need to take the IELTS. I've started the online preparation course and thought I wouldn't have many problems except the usual grammar and writing stuff. But now the shock - they have charts of how many per cent of people do which activites etc. I understand the charts and the vocab but then they ask how many people are doing what: 1 in 5, one third, 3 times..., 1 in 3 etc. I've no clue how I can calculate this from the percentage given, am I damned to fail a language exam bcs of the statistics? Rreally grateful for any advice as I'm now really hopeless and down :(
Btw, I was diagnosed over ten years ago when hardly anyone knew about this and never received a paper. Where I live there are no educ. psych. for adults and I wouldn't know if it was even accepted (it's too late in any case to get anything in time for the exam). I need to get enough points in every band, not the overall score... Maybe someone knows a trick or link where they explain? I've tried to google but couldn't find anything, or didn't understand how they explained it.
Sorry if this was posted in the wrong forum?
Posted by heathermomster on May 11 2012 09:40 PM
Word problems are the surest way to display your knowledge of math concepts....
My son uses a calculator called a TI 15. You can enter the numerator and denominator of any fraction, hit the simplify button, and the calculator will reduce the fraction for you. You can also convert from fractions to decimals by pushing a button. If you can use a calculator like that, go for it. Also, get a tutor to explain these concepts. Once the minutia of the actual arithmetic is handled, the concepts for these problems may be easier to handle. Or not...It's worth a try at the very least...
Posted by Marthinika on May 13 2012 06:42 PM
Thank you for this, I didn't know about this kind of calculator. Heard about it but can't imagine how this works. I will look into this, hopefully it's not too late to order one. Thanks!