carboncopyx wrote:SantIvo wrote:All certainly true and fair enough points. The only question I'd ask, though -- and I apologize if I'm being excessively nosy/adversarial -- is how you made the decision to write the test if you had only recently achieved your minimum acceptable score. Given your high standards, why did you risk having to cancel when you could still see room for growth?
I'd discussed my options with my school's career counselor and the law student next door (I go to college at a T6 law school) in the days before the test, and they both told me that one cancel is nothing to worry about and that if I thought I would get some value out of the actual-day testing experience, I should go ahead and sit for the exam. I wasn't risking a cancel so much as I was going into the test with the intention of canceling (and only keeping the score if I felt like I DESTROYED the test, with 5+ minutes at the end of every section to go over my answers). I got a lot of the experience (the test site, the proctor, getting there, etc.), so I don't regret doing it. I think sitting for the test in October actually made me more confident and calm about December.sinfiery wrote:The risk is you're playing against the perfect applicant in your head. Which means absolutely nothing.
The real game is playing against the other applicants. Of course, being a perfect applicant is sufficient to win this game but it is far from necessary.
If you find this task too easy, and want to play it on "Hard" mode, I suppose you can carry on.
I like challenges. And I don't like relying on factors I can't control (i.e. other people's relative scores) to succeed.sunynp wrote:I think that you shouldn't cancel because you need to see what your actual score was. You don't know what the curve will be. It is stupid to cancel because your ego tells you that you didn't do as well as you absolutely could. It is also just something made up in your head because you don't know your score.
I never considered cancelling and i had no idea of how well I did. But I wanted the score to see where I screwed up if I needed to retake. That information is valuable in preparing for the next exam.
See above. Or I can just get to a point where I am getting ~175 on all my PTs so that when I do actually take a test for a score that I will submit, I will know exactly how well I did because of how prepared I will be.
Man, I am getting a lot of pushback against my testing/life philosophies right now, ha.
Hard to know how well you did regardless of what you are getting on PTs. In June I was averaging 4 or 5 points higher than what I got, and I still got a better score than I expected. Preparation alone is no guarantee of meeting your expectations and goals, with so many factors going on the test day.