So pumped right now. But now extremely confused as to how to approach Saturday.
I decided with PT54 (my last) to try to walk into the saloon already firing away, just sort of haphazardly going through the test and not agonizing over any one problem (this is how I took most of my tests throughout school, and I inexplicably managed okay doing it). I gave myself 90 minutes to complete 4 sections of the test, and marked off the 35 and 70-minute marks for reference. My results as follows:
RC: -1 (Harder Better Faster Stronger)
LR1: -1 (Technologic)
LG: -0 (One More Time)
LR2: -2 (Human After All)
Overall: -4, 177 (5th 177+, but first since PT38 and certainly my first 176+ on a -10 curve)
The problems I missed in RC and LR2 I probably would have gotten correct if I had allowed myself a full 140 minutes to do the same thing in a bit more relaxed fashion; however, I can confidently say that the LR1 miss would have been a miss if I had gone through it using my normal method.
This brings up a dilemma, though - was I really meant to tear through this test and close the booklet with 10 minutes to spare in each section? I've been making consistent progress using my slow-down method to try to get me to carefully consider each choice; should I abandon this entirely to go for something that has worked wonders once, and might just as easily produce a score in the mid-160s when I take PT61?
I may note that this is only the 4th time I've had a -1 or better on RC according to my spreadsheet, and my -3 on LR is above average too. Normally I'm in the -7 or -8 overall range relatively consistently with the slow-down method.
I am a splitter (my 3.71 crumbled to 3.55 when LSDAS ran it through their meat grinder), so I think it might be worth it to go for it, but I know that in the 5 minutes between when I finished and when I started to grade I was sure I'd bombed. For the real thing, I don't know if I could take that for three weeks.
Halp? (I wasn't planning on doing anything tomorrow except maybe a game or two. I really don't want to take another full test to test it out, although 51 is still available as one I haven't taken...)
More than ever, hour after: Our work is never over