In hindsight I did way too much untimed work. I went through the LRB and MLSAT strategy guide and did them by question type from 1-20 and then started over on 21-38. I don't think I had the most efficient plan, but doing them untimed really helped me internalize the logic. I'm hardly ever surprised as well. Sometimes I get through the first ten questions or so and I look at my watch and it's only been like 8 minutes, and then I start thinking "wow, I can slow down now" and that throws me off. In the same way, any "meta" thoughts about how well I'm doing just break my flow. It's all just wasted mental energy. Like an athlete who becomes self-conscious about their performance. I wonder if I would work faster if I never even looked at my watch. Regardless, I want to cut my usual total misses in half from -4 on the two sections to -2 and then maybe I might feel like I have a mastery level in timed conditions.
I'm in the same boat on RC. But I think banking on having only five minutes on the final passage can lead to inconsistent scores. I know it has for me. I either get into such an intense zone that I can roll right through that final passage with blazing speed or I lose even a little concentration and it gets difficult fast. I liken this one to playing tetris on the highest levels, where you only have a fraction of a second to process an information block. I have not seen any real improvement after doing over 50 sections worth of passages. My score often bounces around as I try new things. I think I'm going to go back to how I used to attack the passages and just underline or circle something that seems important. I just don't see the need annotate anymore to make an implicit undertstanding explicit, when it can pull me away from the train of thought in the passage and when I already know the important things to look for.
I have not seen any improvements either. There have been a few outliers on the positive end but whenever I get a good RC score, I start focusing on LR and it seems to drop. LR is consistently improving though, so I may focus solely on RC for a few days closer to the exam.
I also agree about getting too comfortable and fucking up on LR. My next strategy for LR will probably be answering questions in 30-45 seconds or eliminating choices in 30-35 seconds and skipping around. Making that "my system" will prevent me from getting bogged down and messing up on game day, I hope. The idea is to see every Question I am remotely unsure about (which is still far too many) at least twice before I begin bubbling, or as I am bubbling