Future Ex-Engineer wrote:I'm going to write up a post here later for longevity sake with my feedback that maybe some poor schmuck from LSAC will read at some point (I thought we were going to have to do some survey afterwards, but apparently not), but for now here's my thoughts after having gotten to consider the test more fully on my 3.5 hour drive home.
1) LG was not at all as bad as I was expecting. Plenty of space in the scratch paper, and it wasn't that bad. I think on harder games (I feel like PT 73 has very easy games) it might be difficult with having to go back and forth between screen and paper, but not a problem today. Finished with 9.5 minutes remaining.
2) I thought LR was actually a bit easier. Having only one question visible at a time helped me not get distracted seeing a huge question stim coming up. That being said, I think solely because it was on a screen, it made it easier for me to misread a couple of ACs, resulting in two misses I shouldn't have had.
3) The biggest problem: RC. I work full time as an engineer, and am constantly on a screen. I am also constantly multitasking - thus, when I am faced with a screen for RC, concentration is much more difficult than the traditional book test. Also, having to scroll through the passage as opposed to being able to see the entire thing at once makes 'as stated by the passage' or 'strongly suggested by the passage' questions much more difficult (IMO) - if you can't see everything at once, how are you supposed to quickly scan for answers if you don't remember exactly where it is? I missed 5 'as stated in the passage' questions (only missed 7 total RC), and I can't help but think this is part of the reason.
Writing portion is much easier (not that it matters at all).
I also quite liked having the tablet self-time. It makes it so there are no discrepancies with bad proctors not giving enough time or anything. Made my pacing even easier than using my Mastermind Watch. That being said, I'm almost automatic on timing now anyway, and I feel like I have a good internal clock set for timing, so it really doesn't matter that much. Was pretty pumped that I hit 20 in 20 on the first 20 questions of LR2 today though.
I'm going to have to 100% disagree for LG. Seriously, they only gave us a pen, what the hell is that? In the future, maybe it could be more bearable with the separate scratch paper and pencils, but having only a pen was shitty. LR I could probably get used to, but I really like being able to see the super long PR question coming up. Still not a fan of having to diagram on a separate sheet of paper. I tried it once, and it was clumsily and time consuming . RC I agree sucks. Not being able to see the entire passage makes it extremely difficult. I went -3 or maybe -2. I put in an incorrect change at the buzzer beater and have no way of knowing if my actual answer was changed.
In general I really liked having the timer, since it totally erasers the need for a watch. Knowing I had exactly 11 second left was a good thing. However, I would've liked the option to switch from a count down to a count up timer. My watch goes from 0-35 not 35-0, so it was a little mental judo to remind myself 22 minutes left is only 13 minutes in. Again, I could get used to it by still have so much time on the books with my 0-35 watch it threw me off a bit. Also, I think the propensity for bubbling errors is much greater on this thing. Seriously, I caught myself a couple of time accidentally clicking the strike out box, instead of the AC.