UPDATE June 2015: The links in this post have been broken for some time. That’s not necessarily surprising, as I originally wrote it in early 2011. I’m leaving it up for archival purposes, but don’t bother clicking the links.

Although the College Board’s Questions of the Day do remain archived on the CB site, it’s not so easy to browse them from there. Conveniently, last year someone created a searchable archive that links directly to the College Board’s own archives. It looks like it was more of a one-time project than something that’s indefatigably maintained, but if you’re looking for some more questions written by the actual test-makers during the lead-up to test day, this is a great place to spend some time.

I find the “advanced” search to be the most useful. From there you can, for example, view all Math questions that have been answered correctly by less than 50% of respondents. That’s pretty good, quick access to some decently hard questions. Here’s a particularly brutal one that I give to my students sometimes when they get too cocky.

Anyway, here’s the link. Go nuts!

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Ah, yes, it doesn’t seem to work anymore. What a drag. I’ll have to go from memory: 
If four distinct lines lie in a plane, exactly two of which are parallel, which of the following could be the number of intersection points?

I. 3
II. 4
III. 5

(A) I only
(B) II only
(C) III only
(D) I and III only
(E) I, II, and III

So it looks like the answer should be (E)
3 pts because you can have 3 lines intersecting at one pt.
4 pts because you can have 2 parallel lines with another 2 parallel lines that are perpendicular to the 2 other parallel lines
and last of all 5 pts because you can have 2 parallel lines, have ONE line perpendicular to the two lines (2 intersections) AND THEN have the third one cross the bottom, the perpendicular line, and the top line….

wasn’t THAT hard…. give your students question 25 of the AMC 10 or 12….
maybe they won’t get cocky anymore!!! 🙂

Sorry, the answer is not (E). You can’t have 4 intersection points…the question says “exactly two” of the lines are parallel. That means you can’t have two sets of parallel lines. The answer is (D).

Funnily enough, although the link no longer works, the search at atekkie’s site still works, so I’m able to access the precise wording of the original question (or most of it, anyway).

“Four distinct lines lie in a plane, and exactly two of them are parallel. Which of the following could be the number of points where at least two of the lines i…”

Well I couldn’t find questions from 2013 or years before that. Also I can’t access the answers to most of the ones available in 2014–it redirects me to the latest question on the College Board site.I see it still streams questions from the main site, and maybe that’s why…

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