CottonHarvest wrote:My mean and median over 19 PTs was 174 with three 179s and one 178, but I only managed a 170 in September. I'm thinking I should retake, but I won't be able to study much leading up to the December test. I can't believe I tanked. -7 on RC. Only one of my 19 PTs was a 170.
I had a very similar experience with the June exam. I had an avg of 173 on my previous 21 PTs, several of which were in 177-179, but nevertheless scored a 169 with -5 RC being the most devastating section. I decided not to study for September (in part because I had no recent exams left over, and also in part because I felt that good performance on PTs didn't actually mean anything). I scored 172 this September with -1 on RC and -3 on LG. Even while completing my practice tests, I found that I scored higher in RC whenever I took a break from it.
I strongly suspect that there's a point beyond which practicing reading comprehension offers not diminishing but negative
returns. You become so accustomed to the format of the exam, that you begin to read the passages in a way you would not read ordinary academic literature and interpret the questions and the words employed in them in a less natural and intuitive manner. I think the opposite applies to logic games, where performance increases dramatically then plateaus with sustained practice, and diminishes without practice.
I guess the point of this is that burn out is a very real problem -- with RC, perhaps, more than any other section.