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Can anyone explain to me why, to apply for a PA job, I would have had to answer a series of mental arithmetic questions?

I'm not a mathematician. I'm a linguist, if anything. I haven't studied maths in, oh, getting on for seven years. And I couldn't do it. So there went that job.

I can't see why they would ask for that, anyway. I mean, where, in a PA's career, is he or she going to have to add up the numbers between 1 and 99? Or work out how many fucking slices you can get from a pie with three cuts?

I hate this.

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From:sparkyred
Date:September 19th, 2003 - 08:03 am
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Seems to me as if it's just a quick way to gauge how on-the-ball and intelligent you are. I bet there were english-type questions too.

Or I could be wrong. They could be silly.
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From:avariel_wings
Date:September 19th, 2003 - 08:07 am
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Yeah, it wasn't all maths. But you had to answer 10 out of 12, and there were enough of them that I couldn't answer, that it was either get them wrong and look stupid, or not send in the application at all.

I don't really have the experience to be a PA yet, so I probably wouldn't have got the job anyway. I just wish they wouldn't make things so difficult. I mean, I can count and I can use a calculator - why does it matter if I can't answer mental arithmetic questions on the fly?
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From:tikiaceae
Date:September 19th, 2003 - 09:16 am
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bloody hell.

maths is everywhere.

and i can't even count change to make up £1... i am doomed.
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From:tefkas
Date:September 20th, 2003 - 06:33 am
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Your post kept me awake last night, pondering how to re-create the formula to calculate the sum
1 + 2 + 3 + ... + n

Eventually, I scribbled it out to
½n(n+1)

So, the sum of all the numbers, 1 to 99 is
½ x 99 x 100 = ½ x 9,900 = 4,950

I even have a cool, diagramatic (rather than algebraic) proof to demonstrate why, but I doubt you'd find such rivetting.

Anyway, the point being that when I read your post, I knew it could be calculated simply, but couldn't remember how... and I have a degree in maths!

And then I couldn't get any sleep until I'd worked it out.