acrossthelake wrote:Richie Tenenbaum wrote:OrdinarilySkilled wrote:These responses would make sense towards someone with a 160. However to think someone who was able to get a 170 after a few PTs isn't smart enough to get a 175 without 20 more PT's is just silly. Most of this feeling of "don't take it for granted" is BS to justify wasting time answering questions you would get right 100% of the time.
Like I said, assuming 170 is the current mean ability of a person, a little studying + some luck (more questions to the person's strength) and that person's range would certainly include some 175+ tests, and would just have to make it happen on test day.
But if you peeps need to feel like your not messing around in some statistical noise when you could be backing into chicks at the club, go right ahead.
It's about making that last jump and then consistency. Scoring in the upper 170s once on a PT and then saying, "I'm at my goal, I can stop" is a terrible idea. You might get lucky test day and say within that range, but you really need to show you can hit a score consistently before taking test day. It is possible to get consistently in the upper 170s (usually it takes a decent amount of practice though); where luck usually comes more into play is in the difference between something like a 176 and a 179.
Chyea...I did better than the OP on my diagnostic, and all my preptests, but even I saw a noticeable increase in consistency over time. That's how I *made it happen*. Of those who retook a 170 in 2007-2008 only 10 saw it go up, 4 had it stay the same, and 20 saw it go down. How do we know that his 170 wasn't the top of a 163-171 range instead of a 170-180 range?
I agree with these thoughts, however it has little to do with the question. Obviously studying more would make it more likely.
The guy asked: given 10-15 hrs more of studying, how unrealistic is it to go from 170 to 175+? My answer was pretty basic... As long as 170 wasn't way above average scores in the first place, this is not that unrealistic. It wasn't until some cats went all "wait,wait, wait miss lippy, I had to work my ass off to get a 175+ and I won't have someone on the Internet suggest it possibly wasn't necessary" (direct quote), that I explained what I meant.
You liberal arts majors can be super-touchy.