Re-Using PTs

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Re-Using PTs

Postby action90 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:00 pm

How do people go about making tests they've taken before useful in studying? Sometimes I re take tests and know the answers to difficult questions, making their scores have an asterisk on em.

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Re: Re-Using PTs

Postby ZVBXRPL » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:11 pm

No harm in getting the question correct twice--that's the point of studying. Personally, when I run into a question I've already done, I make sure I can explain why the answer is correct. How? I break down the question on paper then write the main point along with the flaw or the method of statement with the main conclusion of the stimulus. Bottom line: you're good to go when you can recite the reasoning behind the answer.

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Re: Re-Using PTs

Postby JWP1022 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:45 am

Pattern Recognition hth

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Re: Re-Using PTs

Postby iamgeorgebush » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:07 am

Try to make sure enough time has elapsed between doing it the first time and doing it the second time so that the answer doesn't automatically pop into your head. I found, when retaking PTs this past September and early October that I had orginally done in May and early June, that there were very few I remembered.

Also, as ZVB said, really breaking apart why the correct answer is correct and the incorrect answers are incorrect (write it out!) is very helpful. This ensures that you're actually thinking through it and not just remembering the correct answer from having done it before.

And don't worry so much about the score...the point is to score well on the real thing, not gather a set of good practice scores!

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Re: Re-Using PTs

Postby VA21 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:14 am

I've also seen people suggesting giving yourself less time to complete PT you've already done. I'd say this should be scaled based on how much you remember

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Re: Re-Using PTs

Postby iditarod » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:30 am

I penalized myself 2 min if I remembered reviewing a question extensively and a 1:30 if I got to the answer too quickly due to previous review.

I think it resulted in accurate PT scores - they were around my "fresh" test avg

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Re: Re-Using PTs

Postby dosto » Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:00 pm

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Re: Re-Using PTs

Postby SecondWind » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:20 pm

Unless you're getting a perfect on each retake, you have more to learn from them.

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