hibiki wrote:I'm sorry, this advice is worthless for many. I'm sure if your start prepping at a 153 you need to spend more time learning the basics. That said, you also need to realize that many people who aim for a 170+ start near or above a 170. The goal at that point isn't to learn new concepts; rather, it is to limit the number of mistakes. You're not trying to get more points, you trying to minimize risk by ensuring that you have practiced as much as possible and know the timing of the test well. A high scorer should strive to build endurance and consistency, two things best developed by taking timed practice tests.
I've spoken to many other high scorers, and the consistent advice was that if you want to improve your numbers above a 170, practice tests should be your bread and butter preparation. Yes, you still need to review and understand why you missed the questions you messed up on. Yes, there is time to go through sets of practice questions outside of practice tests. But, it is silly to claim that people should stop taking practice tests. Taking practice tests worked quite well for me. You're doing people here a disservice by offering poor advice.
The words "worthless" and "beyond unhelpful" are unnecessarily and incorrectly strong. Besides, it may be you who is doing students a disservice by criticizing the OP's advice in this way. Maybe you and the "many other high scorers" you've spoken with are one, anomalous as high scorers, or, two, simply incorrect about what's optimal.
The OP has points that can benefit the majority of high scorers.