Confidence is my main priority from here until Saturday. I think I might be done taking PTs even though I do have 58 and 54 left if I choose to use them - I might just pillage LR/RC sections and sprinkle them in with others.
My raw score also seems to hang steady regardless of the curve - I was pushing 95-97 with the 30s but all of my 53+ have been consistently 92-94, regardless of curve.
In any case:
Took PT57 this morning. Everything changes, everything stays the same.
LG: -0 (Let It Be)
LR1: -2 (Something)
LR2: -5!!! (While My Guitar Gently Weeps)
RC: -2 (Revolution No. 9)
Total: -9, 172
I don't know if my granola bar was laced with LSD or something, but LR2 was a disaster. In addition to two 50-50 questions that I both missed, I completely bombed the end of the section (21, 22, 25 missed). I got to Q20 with about 13 minutes left in the section somehow, and managed to spend 12 minutes on those last six questions for a grand total of 3 correct answers.
RC was vastly improved, though...after -6, -4, -11, and -5 on the last three tests putting me in a justifiable state of panic, I managed to go -0 on Willa Cather (although it took 12 minutes) and -1 on fractals (missed 27 because as a former math major I fell for the 2nd choice). Not sure if I completely understand Q12, if somebody would be kind enough to explain it.
Because of LR2, this score is still a few points under my historical average. I'm hoping, though, as with most standardized tests I've taken (SAT, ACT, GRE), I'll do better on the real thing. (Managed a 1490 on the GRE without ever practice-testing above about a 620 on the verbal somehow...) My LR average on the recent tests has been a combined -4 to -5...if I can keep this RC score and move my LR back to -4, I'll be quite happy regardless of the curve. (Come on 177, come on 177)
Also, I killed a spider with my PT57 booklet while I was grading...hopefully that's not bad karma or anything...
(Mauve dinos? What dinos?)