Hey everyone, I've been lurking around here for most of the last year. I took the Oct administration and scored a 165. I went up to a 177 in December.
I just wanted to thank TLS! I self-studied with the resources here and my PT average was around 171 before October. I knew I bombed in Oct because I spent way too much time on game 2, ended up guessing for the last game and then I was so flustered that I screwed up my final LR section.
For the retake, I went through the trainer, drilled weaken/strengthen questions, and did every old RC from around 1-20 that I hadn't seen. I also retook practice tests along with a couple tests I had never seen (Superprep A&B, June 2007 and 52 maybe?) but gave myself only 28 minutes per section (30 on RC.) My PT average was around 174, including retake scores.
Also, PourMeTea, I drank Synchro before every PT and on December 7.
I freaked out the entire day before the test because I was afraid my center would cancel (I had driven 3 hours in an ice storm to get there) and I got maybe 3 hours of sleep the night before the test-- I just refused to let the other factors affect my performance.
Just wanted to let everyone know to just hang in there! My 165 gave me an option that I was ok with, and I really think it helped calmed my nerves the second time around. I also didn't ever let myself linger on a question I wasn't sure about. I ended up changing 3 questions in LR and RC since I had time left over, and I got them all right.
Again, thank you so much TLS!!! I really never thought I could have a chance at HYS. I work full-time and studied for about 2 hours/day from May-Dec, so please believe me that it can be done if you put in the work and focus on your weaknesses.