Not to double post, but a further analysis of what questions I got wrong and why reveals some interesting thoughts that I thought I should document (mainly for my own sake, but maybe y'all will find them useful)
- For RC, I need to divorce my own interest from particular passages (I was very interested in Passage 1 personally, so I spent a little more time than I should have thinking about it outside of the scope of the questions) while also maintaining my typical reading speed through boring passages. Doing so will keep my time/segment low, and keep me from a situation like this, where a lack time caused me to make stupid mistakes on 4 questions. That, plus reading things in my normal pace would have put me back to -1/-3.
- For LR, I have the distinct benefit of having 3-6 minutes left on each section that I take. Given that 3 of the questions that I marked for BR I ended up getting right on BR, those are just easy points to grab while filling out the entire section's allotted time. In short, cutting my prep time today likely cost me the 167 raw/170 BR.
- For LG, what's really helping me out is annotating my rules in a specific list. I found that diagramming is good, but combining it with a "list" on the page as well helps me make sure that I'm not missing any inferences when I'm on the mid-last questions of the game and wondering why the hell I can't place another element despite assuming that I should be able to. That, plus having the confidence to mark an AC even if the answer is A and I haven't checked B-E is important for time.
As an aside, doing this little exercise really improved my mood about the PT, so that's another lesson. Still mulling taking another PT tomorrow just to see, but that may be overkill. Thoughts?