# Studying Studying for IBM's IPTAO test, they say its like GRE/GMAT, resources?

1. Feb 14, 2007

### mr_coffee

Hello everyone,

well i must have done well enough on the first interview for them to give me a test. Researching online people have said to do the following
"Pick up a GRE/GMAT book, do the analytical section" and you should do fine.

Are there any resources online to help me study or do they mainly just have them in book form? I don't want to go out and buy a book for a 13 minute section if I don't have too but I do want to increase my chances as much as possible, any help would be great!

2. Feb 14, 2007

### Manchot

Well, the GRE doesn't have an analytical section anymore: it has an analytical writing section.

3. Feb 14, 2007

### arunma

As Manchot said, the GRE has no analytical section anymore. I think they got rid of it sometime after 2000, but I'm not sure. The analytical section was comprised of logical puzzles. Nowadays, the GRE has a writing section that consists of two essay questions. The first is to present your perspective on one of two possible issues that you are presented with. The second is to write an argument of some kind. Unfortunately both versions have the word "analytical" in them. So which one was IBM talking about?

Assuming they were referring to the logical puzzles, chances are that you won't find much online, since most websites will cover the newer versions of the test. Fortunately you don't need to go out and buy a book. Simply go to the local library and pick up their GRE book. They'll have the older GRE books which will contain the analytical section. If the library has Barron's, get that one.

4. Feb 14, 2007

### mr_coffee

The questions seem to be more like trick questions and information handling, you only have so much time like 13 mins for each section and 4 mins for one section so you really gota do what you know the most efficient way possible in order to get done. So i'll see what i can find, thank you!

5. Feb 15, 2007

### complexPHILOSOPHY

Good luck dude! That's awesome, my friend.

6. Feb 21, 2007

### mr_coffee

Well I must not have done too bad becuase they are flying me down to NC march 12th for another interview and the guy said if I do well on this interview he will work with HR and get my a hired right there! wee!

7. Feb 21, 2007

### complexPHILOSOPHY

That is sick dude. You haven't even finished undergraduate, have you?

8. Feb 21, 2007

### mr_coffee

no i still got 2 years left :)

9. Feb 22, 2007

### verty

So, uh, what will your responsibilities be?

10. Feb 22, 2007

### mr_coffee

Well the job description says:
So i'll be working with the zOS mainframe as well. They usually team you up with other interns and you end up doing a project at the end to show what you learned it'll be a great experience.

11. Feb 22, 2007

### complexPHILOSOPHY

What University are you at and do they have a location close to you?

12. Feb 22, 2007

### mr_coffee

I'm at Penn State main campus, and no, NC is the closet area and its 8 hours away but only an hour flight! woo!

13. Feb 22, 2007

### complexPHILOSOPHY

Does that mean you would transfer schools, or is this a prospective career upon graduation (it didn't appear to be the latter)?

14. Feb 22, 2007

### mr_coffee

This is the e-mail:

So whats going to happen is, if I am I selected for this position (fingers crossed) once my spring semester is over (may 11th) I'll move down to North Carolnia in the Research Triangle Park area, and I'll live there and not attend school while i'm co-oping. I'll be in a full time employment position. So i'll be working there for the Summer and Fall semester, then i'll go back to school next spring.

Then if they liked me, during the summer i'll go there again, and the more I go there the more likely i will get hired after graduation. Usually kids are jr's and seniors who co-op so this will really put me on top if I can keep co-oping like this with them.

The sweet part is, its paid (the ibm manager said its a good amount of money, he brought this up, not me), and they pay for the relocation and finding you a place to live and even room you up with another co-op'er!

Last edited: Feb 22, 2007