tada77 wrote:Not understanding my scoring..I was scoring 168/169 for a while, trying to break through to the 170s (my goal is 172), and having a hard time getting the extra few points. On PT 78 I finally broke through, scoring a 174. Then, PT 79 and PT 77, my score dropped to 167. I missed way more than normal on logical reasoning, which is usually a good section for me. A couple things seem like simple mistakes, but in several cases I felt that I understood the argument well, had it narrowed down to two, and picked the wrong answer that I would not have corrected going over it. Anybody with a similar score experience? I feel like I'm capable of reaching my goal but definitely feeling discouraged..
It looks like the 174 was an outlier. Did you score exceptionally well on a particular section?
Now is not the time to get discouraged, you are almost at your goal. Work to understand why you're making simple mistakes, and don't make them anymore. I know for LR the key to getting rid of silly mistakes was to check myself and justify each answer to myself before moving on, no matter how easy the question was. If it matches my prephrase, I still check to make sure it actually matches and doesn't just look like it. Your mistakes are your barriers to a high score, so learn where the test triggers mistakes from you. Scoring 174 means you understand the concepts, and the testmakers have designed the test so that it is still able to differentiate among people who understand the test conceptually. In my experience, finding out how they do that allowed me to break my plateau.
One last bit of advice: stop trying to get a "few extra points" and aim for perfect instead.