Am I Plateauing on my Practice Exams?

ce255
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Am I Plateauing on my Practice Exams?

Postby ce255 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:38 am

I posted a few days ago saying that I got a 143 on my diagnostic (2007 June Test). I studied for a few hours, and took a PT from the 10 Actual Tests book, and got a 152 the next day. I'm happy with a nine point jump, but I've got a few questions:

1) Am I unreasonable to expect a bigger jump - say twenty points? I guess this would be unreasonable after only a few hours of study

2) What is so great about the Logic Games bible that makes people experts? And is there anyway I can find the same tips in a book that contains advice for all four sections?

3) My dream score is a 165 (I know it should be 180) but I'm currently 13 points, or like 22 questions away from that. I see this as impossible and I don't know if I'll actually be able to jump from 152 to 165.

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Re: Am I Plateauing on my Practice Exams?

Postby Cobretti » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:55 am

You're a couple hundred hours of studying away from plateauing

ETA: you can get guides from Manhattan or powerscore for the other sections

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Re: Am I Plateauing on my Practice Exams?

Postby 03152016 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:42 am

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Re: Am I Plateauing on my Practice Exams?

Postby Shmoopy » Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:28 am

Given the amount of variation that naturally happens between scores, you shouldn't think the jump from your first PT to your second one is meaningful. You could easily be between these two scores on your next PT. So I think it's unreasonable to conclude that you even experience a real jump at all. You need to take way more PTs to talk about trends in your scores. Study a ton, learn how to answer all the LG in the allotted time, take like 30+ PTS, and see what you get.

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Re: Am I Plateauing on my Practice Exams?

Postby Nova » Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:41 am

plateauing doesnt happen until AFTER you put in a ton of work. Remember, this test is more importaint than four years of undergrad. Youre not going to master it in a few hours. It will probably take hundreds of hours over the next few months to grind your way to your target score.

Dont worry, 14* -> 16* has been done many many times before.

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Re: Am I Plateauing on my Practice Exams?

Postby 03152016 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:11 am

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Re: Am I Plateauing on my Practice Exams?

Postby ce255 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:25 pm

thanks everyone for the advice! im going to try the nova book for a general overview, and them im going to get the powerscore LG bible later! Im thinking of taking either in june or september.




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