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25 Jun 2009, 20:31
Are these primarily used for Verbal? I'm assuming this is just a grid with 41 horizontal rows and 5 columns? What is the best way to set up a POE table quickly? It seems like it would take at least a few minutes of your break time...
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26 Jun 2009, 05:02
topher wrote:
Are these primarily used for Verbal? I'm assuming this is just a grid with 41 horizontal rows and 5 columns? What is the best way to set up a POE table quickly? It seems like it would take at least a few minutes of your break time...

i am not sure what it is but i guess you can do it before the test during the reading of the instructions since it doesnt eat up time then...
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26 Jun 2009, 22:48
topher wrote:
Are these primarily used for Verbal? I'm assuming this is just a grid with 41 horizontal rows and 5 columns? What is the best way to set up a POE table quickly? It seems like it would take at least a few minutes of your break time...

Yes - I used them on my test.

Make a grid like this:

 Question A B C D E 1 X X 2 3

Would recommend to make a grid for about 5-10 questions.
They are most useful for hard Verbal questions, where you cannot find the correct answer right away. The main value is that you are clear which answer choices are eliminated, so you won't have to re-read them over and over.
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27 Jun 2009, 00:02
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My favorite way of utilizing POE without writing is using the fingers. Imagine your hands, palms faced down: the pinkie-finger is choice "A", the ring-finger is choice "B", middle-finger is choice "C", etc...

For each answer choice that is eliminated, you would curl/close the corresponding finger. If you practice this method a few times, it becomes almost like second-nature, and can save you a lot of time without the eyes ever leaving the screen.

Hope that Helps!
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27 Jun 2009, 15:40
hey very interesting blindvision.
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30 Jun 2009, 00:54
thank you bb for your tips to tackle hard question
i used the grid but only tick my choice, even in the quetion i doubt, only one choice.
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30 Jun 2009, 18:13
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My favorite way of utilizing POE without writing is using the fingers. Imagine your hands, palms faced down: the pinkie-finger is choice "A", the ring-finger is choice "B", middle-finger is choice "C", etc...

For each answer choice that is eliminated, you would curl/close the corresponding finger. If you practice this method a few times, it becomes almost like second-nature, and can save you a lot of time without the eyes ever leaving the screen.

Hope that Helps!

Very interesting, I'm going to try this tonight...thanks for the tip!
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30 Jun 2009, 21:19
You're welcome, friends! This board has given me so much that I thought to give a little something back.

If I may add, when I eliminate answer choices using the fingers, I like to have my palm rested on my lap. This way, both my fingers and my lap are doing the sensing [double-sensing], instead of soley the fingers.
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30 Jun 2009, 21:21
BlindVision wrote:
You're welcome, friends! This board has given me so much that I thought to give a little something back.

If I may add, when I eliminate answer choices using the fingers, I like to have my palm rested on my lap. This way, both my fingers and my lap are doing the sensing [double-sensing], instead of soley the fingers.

Hopefully the proctors won't think you're cheating and signaling the answers to another test taker.
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30 Jun 2009, 21:59
It should be as harmless as counting with the fingers. If it's a concern, then maybe address it to the Proctor, beforehand.

P.S. Just noticed the use of "beforehand".lol No pun intended.
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