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What is a fractoral?

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It's driving me and my son up a wall trying to figure out a question he had on a test.

The question: "What is the fractoral of 5?"

WTF is this?

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I'm so glad you're on right now!

We thought the same thing, but the paper said, "fractoral".

It's an Army pre-exam, too. Like my son's gonna have a chance to refute anything. LOL

On a search in Yahoo and Google, there is a mention of "fractoral geometry" and something else...but that's it.

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After talking to my son just now, 120 was an option...it was the option he wanted to go with, but changed his mind thinking that "fractoral" was something real that he didn't know about.

Obviously this was a typo.

It was the only math question he missed on the test, too.

Sigh.

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That's probably a misspelling of "fractal geometry" which is sufficiently advanced that the average Army recruit would never come in contact with it. There was absolutely no mention of "fractoral" on Wolfram's Math World site, and they should know. Wolfram makes Mathematica, one of the most sophisticated pieces of mathematical software on the market.

I'd go with factorial. It's the only thing that makes sense.

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This really fries my gizzard!

quote:
I'm so glad you're on right now!

We thought the same thing, but the paper said, "fractoral".

It's an Army pre-exam, too. Like my son's gonna have a chance to refute anything. LOL


I am the first one to admit here, that I kamt spel! Spelling used to be my forte in school - but then I had a "circulatory event" and that left...together with a few other subtle things. So I use a spell checker, but we don't have one here. I'm NOT talking about this board where thoughts are more important and some of us don't catch mistakes.......

BUT this appears to be a document that was printed...it seems it was a "test" of some kind...and for the Army, no less...and it contained distracting spelling errors. That is inexcusable!

Maybe it's not spelling,as in my case...lots of times it's the keystrokes. I never had a course in this...I taught myself, and that's always dangerous...

The number of spelling errors in newspapers, and other things really makes me mad - when it comes from "professionals" because it shows sloppy work. And if we accept it we promote it.

(that's the end of my soap box for today)

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The number of spelling errors in newspapers, and other things really makes me mad - when it comes from "professionals" because it shows sloppy work. And if we accept it we promote it.

(that's the end of my soap box for today)


Ha!! icon_biggrin.gif:D--> icon_biggrin.gif:D--> Good point! Am thinking this test was designed/implemented by the same folks who built those "controversial" voting machines down in Florida!

Hanging chads, mis-spelled words, etc., etc. --brought to you all by the lunatic liberals who have added one more "plank" to their platform of ---

"IT'S NOT MY FAULT"

Will they ever learn there is such a thing as "ethics" in professionalism?? icon_confused.gif:confused:-->

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I wonder if this was a new version of the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)? I made the mistake of taking it in high school since all my ROTC buddies were doing it. I got the 99th percentile on every single section and recruiters were calling me for over a YEAR... icon_rolleyes.gif:rolleyes:-->

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Feel better krys? icon_biggrin.gif:D-->

Zix, it was the pre-test to see if the Army even wanted him to continue with the recruiting process.

He took the ASVABs this morning...and got a PERFECT SCORE!!!!!!!!!

Woo hoo! I'm so proud of my boy!

Anybody have any suggestions as to what field he should choose?

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CW,

A career in the military....

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm........

Does your son have good color vision? If so, electronics and medicine would be good "fields" to get into.

Can you son "pick up" new langquages quickly? If so, then maybe a lingquest.

The simple answer for your son is, he should try to get into something that he will enjoy and be good at.

If I were to suggest a branch of the service, I would suggest the Air Force. Of course I will also give you a bias career field... (Don't laugh) Military Intelligence.

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zix, my 4th grader had a (multiple choice)question on a science test. which animal hybernates all winter?

"bear" was the correct answer. but his science book said a bear will come out on warm days to look for food.

so he didn't choose it.

i think that was confusing.

sorry choo choo

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Ex,

he'll need to "dumb down" his answers so he's in step with his teachers....

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Zix,

No, some standardized tests have contradictory information.

I took one where one question was based entirely on scenarios in the

previous question, where the most common answer was zero, as in

"this never happens".

So, we filled in "this has never happened to me"

and then the next question asks

"what do you usually do when this happens?"

without a "n/a" option.

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Probably what you mean by "least intrusive".

However, even the "least intrusive" answer contradicted what

you just filled in immediately preceding it.

A lot of people noticed it, too. They all had one question

for the proctor, and it was at the approximate time they

each reached the second question.

Sort of like:

1) "How often do you beat your wife?"

Uh, never, I like her. I don't even call her names.

2) "When you beat your wife, how quickly does she recover?"

What?

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CoolWaters,

Was one of the questions "What is the meaning of 'is'"?

Zix, I got all in the 98-99 percentiles also in all catagories except for the clerical section. I deliberately did not as good on that one so I wouldn't get stuck behind a desk pushing papers. I was actually picked out of the bunch to go into the intelligence field. That is one thing I still haven't figured out.

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