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- Tiago Splitter
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pollywolly88 wrote:Thanks! Also I was wondering how much do people generally improve from their diagnostic score if they prep/study hard?
I've seen people start at a 120 and people start in the mid-160's. The results are always varied. On average, maybe like 8 points but it's a useless data point. I've seen people, including a subsequent tutor improve 30 points, and know people who improved 1 or 2. Starting scores tend to be an imperfect approximation of starting ability. Some people are very smart but just don't understand what they're being tested on, and what they're being asked to do. Other people may have been an English major or have taken logic courses so start off higher than they would had they not, but may have a relatively similar ceiling.
Also, people have very different definitions of working hard. For some, you may have to move mountains to inspire them to complete one practice test (think gift certificate type positive reinforcement). For others, telling them they can relax a little and don't have to do multiple full tests a day is mind blowing. The biggest predictors are starting score, and where you're losing points. Improving a -15 in RC to a -3 would require learning a fundamentally different approach to reading, which can take a long time and a lot of dedication. -15 on logic games can easily become -0 in a few weeks.