well guys and gals, hope youre all studying hard for this home stretch. I'm about to ramp things up myself hardcore. Retaking from 95 percentile here, hoping to get 170+. Gotta admit having all that time off inbetween retakes really made me better at the test somehow, I'm PTing much higher under these relaxed conditions than I was weeks before my first real take.
last 5 PTs, over last 10 days
had the 166 during a late night take under really poor conditions, dropped too many RC questions.
my LG game is consisent -0/-1, so I feel that to be prepared for the test I simply need to keep drilling away and make sure I'm "hot" come test-day. Had a -0 games first take, -5 games second take. Important to be warm like the first take.
LR has always been pretty consistent for me, now hoping to get consisitent -4 LR total for the whole test. I just purchased the cambridge LR sorted by type for 61-70, which I will be going through in the weeks leading up to the test. That will hopefully get me adjusted properly to LR trends, because I really felt a change in both LR and RC from the 50s to the 60s. Not sure if that's just me or if you folks noticed it, but let me know if you did.
RC has always been my trouble spot, but I'm getting a more natural feel for reading the passages and I hope that will help me come test day. I used to make some notations, etc, but I am getting more interested in a good, swift readthrough and then diving into the questions. This strategy has helped me recently, with only a few missed Q's here and there on my RC sections.
I do feel like the retake is all about repetition. I got the cambridge LR book even though I've gone through all those questions recently, because I feel like drilling in order by type really helps me hone the technique.
In terms of PTs, the only PTs i've yet to see are 72 and 73, and I only saw 70 and 71 while taking them. I'm still going to make sure I finish all the PTs through 72 or 73 (whichever) weeks before the test, because I do want to repeat those sections if I can and incorporate those into the prep.