OVOXO wrote:posted in retaker thread but will repost here
Needa crowdsource some insight, and you folks are a smart crowd:
1. I took the test in Feb and noticed that, unlike in PTs, I was re-reading and re-re-reading the stimulus (in LR) or rules (in LG) often because of nerves/OMFG this is the real thing/dont-make-a-stupid-error. How can this be overcome? I guess the ideal situation is increasing “bank” time in PTs to take into account the re-reading on test day.
2. What do you guys do to warm-up before a PT? I once did 2 sections, which definitely burned me out. I usually do a page from the middle of an old lR section and an LG.
regarding 1 - for LR
sounds like an anxiety influencing focus problem, to which i can relate. i used to do the re-re-re-read thing too. it was a huge problem. one question would gobble up 5 mins and i'd be filling in that last bubble right at minute 35 - no time to review, and finishing just in time only makes the nerves get worse, thereby influencing the next section. fun cycle.
a few things helped me:
- switching to reading the question stem first, and no matter the question, locating conclusion first. caused me to read the prompt with more intention, thereby increasing understanding, speed, and efficiency.
-internalizing the idea that only about 5-7 qs per LR would be crazy hard, and that therefore the other 45 or so needed to be completed and done correctly without much fuss. this made me start making a genuine attempt at simply cutting myself off (this was VERY hard for me and took a lot of practice). reminding myself of this during practice is strangely re-affirming, and helps me re-focus during those potential freak-out moments.
- once i started consistently cutting myself off at about 2 mins - i found that when i went back to a question, it was clearer, probably because by the end of an LR section the brain is more attuned to argument subtleties than earlier on...
the more you nervously re-read, the more the argument blurs - at least i find. at that point you need to re-focus. however possible.
as for games, if i'm feeling particularly shaky when i start off, i try to check off the rules as i diagram, and then do a "check" to make sure i didn't transpose or anything. i rarely look at them again.