How long is an adequate amount to PT?

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How long is an adequate amount to PT?

Postby olikatz » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:58 pm

Is there a certain amount of time in terms of weeks that would be optimal to have a score that mimics your PTs or does it come down to a certain NUMBER of PTs one should do that would be adequate?

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Re: How long is an adequate amount to PT?

Postby kindofcanuck » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:23 am

olikatz wrote:Is there a certain amount of time in terms of weeks that would be optimal to have a score that mimics your PTs or does it come down to a certain NUMBER of PTs one should do that would be adequate?


You should prepare until you feel ready and confident. That will be different for different people.

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Re: How long is an adequate amount to PT?

Postby RamTitan » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:49 pm

There's no "right" answer to this question. Even saying that you're confident in your score range isn't adequate, because many test takers are neurotic and will never feel confident.

The rule of thumb that gets floated around on TLS is that you can expect to be in the +3 to -3 range on the average score of the last 5 practice test you've taken.

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Re: How long is an adequate amount to PT?

Postby hinton2014 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:45 pm

It truly is based on your comfort. Based on what I have seen on this board, some people are successful with 3 months of prepping vs some of 1 year+. It's truly dependent on your speed of learning.

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Re: How long is an adequate amount to PT?

Postby SunDevil14 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:42 pm

RamTitan wrote:There's no "right" answer to this question. Even saying that you're confident in your score range isn't adequate, because many test takers are neurotic and will never feel confident.

The rule of thumb that gets floated around on TLS is that you can expect to be in the +3 to -3 range on the average score of the last 5 practice test you've taken.



Yeah the rule of thumb is pretty spot on. Additionally, I have heard that you want at least 20-30 PTs under your belt. Typically, If you have less than that either you are not adequately prepared or are adept at quickly and thoroughly absorbing the information. Moreover, It is usually preferable to save the most recent PTs to do in the weeks leading up to the exam.

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Re: How long is an adequate amount to PT?

Postby Blueprint Mithun » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:21 pm

olikatz wrote:Is there a certain amount of time in terms of weeks that would be optimal to have a score that mimics your PTs or does it come down to a certain NUMBER of PTs one should do that would be adequate?


Neither. The number of PTs you take is irrelevant for the most part - it's more about how much you learn from taking and reviewing each practice test. And this will take each student a different amount of time. If you can get within 3 points of your target score within 2 weeks of the actual test, then you're in good shape.



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