Here is the respone I received from Dave and also, a link to something Powerscore wrote up about the topic.
Both of which offer helpful *insight* for people facing the same problem. It might help, it might not, but either way, it might.
Dave Hall wrote:Geetar Man wrote:Dave,
When I do a LR section with 45 minutes as my time-limit, I can easily achieve a -0 to -3 on the section, but when I do strict timing (35 minutes), I miss far more, around -7 to -10.
I know that I understand the questions fairly well. (I've been diligently prepping for a few months now, shooting for the June Exam) The only questions I miss on the less restricted time-limit are ones that are inherently difficult (though, I can see why the correct answer is right/wrong answers are wrong after the fact). Whereas, when I'm under the strict time-limit, I miss them across the board.
In short, I'm missing a lot more questions when the 35 minute time limit is in place than when I am testing with a 45 minute time limit. -7 to -10 and -0 to -3, respectively. Is their something I can do to foster better practice and answer questions better/faster, assuming I have the fundamentals down with regards to what the answers should be? I know a simple answer would be to practice more, but I've been practicing for a while now and it keeps happening.
I'd put your focus on adopting some situational awareness: the first half of any LR section is easier, on the whole, than is the last half. So, during the first half, the answers that initially seem most right usually are (that trend reverses itself for much of the last half).
With that in mind, try to aim for this distribution of your time: 10-12 minutes for the first half, and twice that amount for the second half of any LR section.
Breaking it down in this way gives you a specific area of focus, and should help you pace yourself appropriately.
http://powerscore.com/lrbible/content/q ... _stats.pdf
And the original thread I started.