Hey there ladies and gentlemen, checking in.
Got a 163 for June, shooting for a 170+ for October. 163 is precisely what my diagnostic was all those months ago, which is pretty disheartening. However, I don't think that studying was for nothing. I was able to get my PT average up to 170-173 pretty comfortably before the test. I simply failed to achieve due to a combination of nerves and unfortunate testing conditions. Therefore, my objective is twofold and follows thusly.
1. Increase average PT score from 170-173 to 175-177. This will have an impact on my test in two ways. First, it will give me the necessary breathing room I require to be confident I will achieve my goals. Second, that confidence will allow me to perform my best without worrying about my score while taking the test. I was making some real breakthroughs in LR leading up to the test, so I believe that this is very possible.
2. Focus on eliminating errors in LG, and mastering RC. I admit that I failed to study for RC as much as I should have, on account of that I generally wasn't too bad at them and really hated studying them. Obviously this was a massive mistake, and I payed for it dearly. My suboptimal experience with RC resulted in my confidence being shaken easily with unfamiliar passage types and structures. I should become as familiar with RC as I am with LR and LG.
I plan on ordering a set of practice tests, and drilling with the extensive Testmasters questions that I already have. Unfortunately, most of the PTs will contain questions I already have seen, but hopefully most of them will be so old that I feel fresh with them nonetheless. I look forward to studying with you all!