The Official October 2015 Study Group

How many PTs have you done? (timed)

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby mist4bison » Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:22 pm

tedofsandimas wrote:
mist4bison wrote:I keep getting these terrible headaches and I'm scared I'll get one on test day. Ugh.


I've been getting a bunch this week too. I'm just going to take advil right before I check in and have some in my bag for the break and hope for the best.


That's what I was thinking, too. Hopefully the Friday off before will help with it.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby sanibella » Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:29 pm

Well, just came back from the doctor and it's confirmed that my ear is completely infected and my eardrum torn! Not what I was hoping for pretest lol. In way too much pain to do anything right now.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby galeatus » Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:48 pm

fishpaste1 wrote:Just purchased the RC sections from PT's 72-75. You guys have me paranoid by saying they are a step up in difficulty from the RC sections in the 60's. I'm going to do them as individual sections these last few days.


I think it was Mint-Berry who said that the 70s RC Qs will be easier to tackle if you have a clear grasp of the author's attitude, I used this approach and didn't find them to be much harder than the earlier RCs.

Geeeeez torn eardrum sounds bad, is it painful?

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby galeatus » Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:49 pm

Mint-Berry_Crunch wrote:ETA: one of the kids on my team broke his with a q-tip... Now his ear rings constantly.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yguzOdPFEvU

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby seashell.economy » Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:00 pm

mist4bison wrote:
nlee10 wrote:
mist4bison wrote:Going to take 75. I don't really want to do it times, but feel like I should, right? i just have zero desire. I mean none whatsoever. I started doing a warm up section and got two questions in and stopped bc I was over it. I want to utilize 75, but don't know how to best do that at the moment, considering how burnout I am.

Don't feel obligated to take it just because it's the most recent test. You should save it just in case of a retake.


Yeah, maybe you're right. I would rather drill than do PTs right meow, honestly.

I am worried I'll have to retake. I so don't want to.


Aren't you scoring in the mid-170s? That's pretty stellar! What schools are you aiming for that you'd need a retake w/ your current PT scores?

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby numb3r4 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:06 pm

PT 75:

LR 1: -6 (grrr)
RC: -3
LR 2: -3
LG: -4

I missed a rule in the second game (that was only relevant for one question apparently since I got them all right aside from the last one) and spent like 3 minutes trying to figure out the last question before guessing. I missed 3 on the last game because I ran out of time but if I had those extra couple minutes I would have gotten them all right. I finished on that LG so I just opened the test back up to where I was and solved the four questions in ~80 seconds once I finally understood what all the rules meant. I was right at that "Aha!" moment as time ran out.

Either way, time for the real thing! Going to just review the LR's from PT 71-75 and go to bed early the next two days! PT 76 HERE I COME!!!! :)

GL everyone! Probably not going to be back on here until Sunday because it'll just stress me out.. and the day of is definitely not happening!

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby sanibella » Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:30 pm

No clue how I managed it. My ear is infected both in front of and behind eardrum. Hurts REALLY badly (esp after the training intern examined it-was not skilled in avoiding the infected parts) but hopefully will feel better by test day! If not, I've been prescribed super strong ibuprofen so I'll manage either way.

Eta: they didn't say anything about it bursting, just that it is torn. So I don't think so?

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby fips tedora » Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:34 pm

I just took my last preptest that I have (71), and it was decently hard. Obviously, the curve represented that toughness, however, I'm feeling good. I haven't graded it yet, however, I am estimating my game-day performance to result in a 162 to 170.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby fips tedora » Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:53 pm

gamerish wrote:Oh I forgot to mention, I tried a new RC method and I'll be using it on the test. Rather than do the passages in any chronological order, I did the passages with the most questions first. 71 had, I think, two 8 questions passages, a 6 question passage and a 5 question passage. I wound up finishing so it was probably a wash anyway but I think it's a smart move to leave the passage with the fewest questions for last, for me at least.

It also makes the questions first approach much more feasible - I certainly can't remember 8 RC questions while trying to dissect a passage - since there's usually a 5 section passage per test and probably 2 or 3 of those are going to be passage location specific questions as opposed to general inference and conclusion questions so you just have to keep those few questions in mind and can answer them as you read.

Mirrors was so long and weird, the rest weren't too bad. I did the AA Painter, then Legal Power, then Mirrors, then the Multiplayer Game Tax, and had 5 minutes left to spare. I usually save the comparative for last if it's 5-6 questions.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby appind » Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:52 pm

gamerish wrote:
fips tedora wrote:Mirrors was so long and weird, the rest weren't too bad. I did the AA Painter, then Legal Power, then Mirrors, then the Multiplayer Game Tax, and had 5 minutes left to spare. I usually save the comparative for last if it's 5-6 questions.

Jesus

I had like 45 seconds and felt pretty good about that lol


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i can't imagine how some people finish 70s RC perfectly in near 25-30min

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby fips tedora » Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:55 pm

appind wrote:
gamerish wrote:
fips tedora wrote:Mirrors was so long and weird, the rest weren't too bad. I did the AA Painter, then Legal Power, then Mirrors, then the Multiplayer Game Tax, and had 5 minutes left to spare. I usually save the comparative for last if it's 5-6 questions.

Jesus

I had like 45 seconds and felt pretty good about that lol


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i can't imagine how some people finish 70s RC perfectly in near 25-30min

I suppose I am considered a speed reader. I read a lot of books, at least one a week, at about 900wpm.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby seashell.economy » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:03 pm

Cruising through PT68 tonight thinking I was going to get my highest score ever - had extra time on each section - then get to Section 4, Logic Game 3 and completely loose it. Skip to LG 4...which is harder than the easy 1 and 2 LGs but still not complex...finish LG 4 and get back to LG 3 with ample time and...just loose it. Could not even figure out how to set up LG 3 (hung up on wtf a "service net" was and how to set up my diagram). So frustrating to have this one game tank my score.

I checked out 7Sage's video on this game and, honestly, the way they diagram it is just not something I would ever do. Way too time consuming. Anyone come across another site with a quicker way to diagram this game? What was the curve for PT68?

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby mist4bison » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:11 pm

Meditated and ended up taking a much needed nap. I'm def going to try to meditate a little the morning of, even if just for 5 mins when I wake up.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby mist4bison » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:17 pm

seashell.economy wrote:
mist4bison wrote:
nlee10 wrote:
mist4bison wrote:Going to take 75. I don't really want to do it times, but feel like I should, right? i just have zero desire. I mean none whatsoever. I started doing a warm up section and got two questions in and stopped bc I was over it. I want to utilize 75, but don't know how to best do that at the moment, considering how burnout I am.

Don't feel obligated to take it just because it's the most recent test. You should save it just in case of a retake.


Yeah, maybe you're right. I would rather drill than do PTs right meow, honestly.

I am worried I'll have to retake. I so don't want to.


Aren't you scoring in the mid-170s? That's pretty stellar! What schools are you aiming for that you'd need a retake w/ your current PT scores?


No, the highest I've gotten is a 172, lowest recently has been a 167. I would consider retaking anything under 169.

I want to go to Berkeley, USC, or UCLA, but my GPA is lower (3.5) due to taking 2 years of classes in HS and working full time throughout. I really don't think I'll have a shot with anything below a 169 or even with that score. :/

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:23 pm

mist4bison wrote: 8)

ayyyyyyy. California. Both ucla/usc medians were 166 this year so you could probably get in with even a 167. The question would be schollies of course.
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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby mist4bison » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:26 pm

nlee10 wrote:
mist4bison wrote:I want to go to Berkeley, USC, or UCLA, but my GPA is lower (3.5) due to taking 2 years of classes in HS and working full time throughout. I really don't think I'll have a shot with anything below a 169 or even with that score. :/

ayyyyyyy. California. Both ucla/usc medians were 166 this year so you could probably get in with even a 167. The question would be schollies of course.


Yeah but with a 3.5? I'm hoping Berkeley truly is holistic and I might have a shot there, but who knows. Applying to UC Davis and UC Irvine too.

Eta: please don't quote! I'm paranoid haha

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby mist4bison » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:50 pm

Since I didn't PT today, I think I'm going to try to leave work early and take 75 or take 75 with me and do it in sections, hoping I won't be interrupted.

Gonna try to get up at 6 tomorrow :?

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

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