All those scoring 170+

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glucose101
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All those scoring 170+

Postby glucose101 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:12 am

I'm sure the answer is probably yes, but I thought I'd ask: When you're taking practice exams, do you feel like you're getting almost all the answers correct without hesitation, specifically LR/RC? Or do you feel like you're guessing on some questions (clearly not the majority of questions, but some)?

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby AlabamaIceman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:17 am

glucose101 wrote:I'm sure the answer is probably yes, but I thought I'd ask: When you're taking practice exams, do you feel like you're getting almost all the answers correct without hesitation, specifically LR/RC? Or do you feel like you're guessing on some questions (clearly not the majority of questions, but some)?


On the few practice tests I scored over 170 on, I felt like I "guessed" on fewer than two or three questions, and those were all in logic games.

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby Magnolia » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:19 am

I typically guessed 1-3 per LR/RC section. I never guessed on LG.

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby incompetentia » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:20 am

Agree with above. If you're guessing on LG, you can improve still.

I think I was legitimately unsure of at least 1 per section otherwise, sometimes as many as 3-4 on RC.

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby avamango » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:43 am

Agree with the above. You should never miss a single point on LG.

RC can in many ways lead to definitively correct choices which means that you should aim to minimize guessing to about 2-4 questions.

Assuming that your LR sections are fairly accurate as they stand, as long as you don't find yourself guessing on more than 3-4 per section, you should be fine.

Therefore, if you guess on a total of [4 on RC] + [8 on LR] = 12 guessed-on questions.

Remember that even when you're guessing, there is an implicit assumption that you're making educated guesses; you should always be able to narrow every question down at least 1-2 answer choices.

Anyway, if you guess on 12 total and you get a few of those right while missing a few others that you thought you did in fact answer correctly, hopefully you'll be right around the 170 mark.

Then to get your score into the higher 170 range, focus on cleaning up the guesses on RC to 0-2 and work on 4 star questions in LR until you are guessing in the range of 0-3 per section.

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby Can'texplainthat » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:50 am

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby glucose101 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:01 am

In my post, I guess I tried to focus on RC/LR because I feel like LG has strictly provable answers. Don't get me wrong, I understand that RC/LR can be proved, but not in the same way LG can. Perhaps I'm just not at the level where they (RC/LR) seem like it?

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby tng11 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:29 am

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby joebloe » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:58 am

On PTs where I've broken 170, I've always felt pretty confident at the end of each section. But do I feel like there's no hesitation? No not necessarily; there definitely can be questions I'll vacillate between answer choices on, or ones I'll skip and come back to finish. But upon review of my wrong answers, I notice that most of my incorrect answers are typically due to boneheaded mistakes, where I could have easily gotten the credited response.

I don't know if I'd necessarily use such gut instincts to plan a cancel on a real test though. It's just... there's something different about going into the real deal. Even if you're taking proctored PTs, there's just something different.

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby lku » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:04 am

Hm, I've only scored 170+ on four practice tests (out of about 15 total) and I usually didn't feel much more different than when I scored upper 160s.

I always felt confident on logic games, but on RC/LR I could never accurately gauge how I was doing. With RC, I struggled with time. So if I finished a section completely, I felt that I had done pretty well. With LR, I rarely guessed, but on every section there were a few questions I felt uncomfortable with (maybe you consider this guessing). I also struggled a bit with time on LR, so if I was very rushed at the end of a section, I expected to underperform.

I'm kind of rambling, but I guess on my 170+ practice tests, time wasn't an issue. I may have still thought the test was hard, but I had enough time to adequately answer every question. With my tests below 170, I usually ran out of time on at least one section.

Good luck :)

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby puppylaw » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:07 am

I guessed, or at least wasn't absolutely certain, quite a bit. However, I would almost always be able to narrow the possible choices down to two. There's nothing wrong with not knowing for sure. Do the best you can quickly, pick the best answer, and move on.

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Re: All those scoring 170+

Postby cmckid » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:12 am

I keep track using my own system. QUestions I'm 100% about I mark with a 0, 90% I mark with a 1, less than that I write a star, and below 50% I mark with a 2.

I was scoring between 172-179 on my practice tests and I'd usually end up with about 5 1s, 4-10 stars, and 1 2. I would usually get all but 1 1 correct, and hit about 50-75% of my stars.




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