nmop_apisdn wrote:In short, How far out from October's test should I be focusing on full 5-section PTs and how many tests per week do you recommend?
It depends on how much time you have to study. The review of those PTs is going to be significantly more important that the taking of the PTs themselves.
Also, when you're still in the low-160s, there are still some conceptual issues that need ironing out. That won't happen (necessarily) from just taking a ton of PTs. I would recommend a ramp-up process, wherein you start with 2 a week and fully review. Also, notice patterns in what you're getting wrong, and review whatever materials you have for those concepts (question type, common flaws committed by you, etc...). Do that for a week or two, and hopefully you can get the last one above your target.
Then, go up to 3 (maybe, MAYBE 4) a week, with the off-days being days to review. I would recommend taking the test one day and scoring it, then taking a break. If you must do something, review some concepts. Then, the next day, go back and redo the questions you got wrong without having the answer sheet in front of you (if you marked up the test booklet, just circle and cross out each answer so there's no hint). Whatever you got wrong on day 1, but not day 2, review a bit. Whatever you got wrong on both days, review a lot.