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I know the formulas and how to use them, but when it comes to the exam questions themselves, I can never figure out what they're asking for unless it's something obvious (like 'average rate', keywords like 'experiment' or 'until first success').

I don't have any examples but for those who have passed, how did you decode the questions? I've already heard repetition, but I'm wondering if there are any other answers before I move forward.
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For me it came with experience and a thorough understanding of the concepts. If you know the material inside and out, it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to figure out what the question is asking.
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For me it came with experience and a thorough understanding of the concepts. If you know the material inside and out, it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to figure out what the question is asking.
I still struggle with a handful of the multivariate/covariance formulas, but sometimes I'll mistake simple problems for something else. I'm making an extra effort to thoroughly understand all of the concepts, but considering I'm taking the exam for the 3rd time in May, I'm having a little bit of a freak out.
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This is the hardest part of Exam P. The way questions are worded just do not make sense for me intuitively. However, they are very consistent in their notation. I definitely suggest just doing as many problems as you can so you get exposure to the wording of questions.
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As many others said, practice. Even if you don't get the answer or know how to approach it, look at the solution and understand why it was solved that way rather than simply memorizing a process.

For the preliminary exams the most important way to prepare, at least in my experience, is just plain grinding problems and understanding solutions (of course, after learning the material).
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