Breaking into the 170s, from a plateau

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Breaking into the 170s, from a plateau

Post by stem0192837 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:14 pm

Any tips on breaking into the 170s from a high 160s plateau? Browsing this site, but wanted to make a recent-ish post directly about this. So frustrating lol.


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Re: Breaking into the 170s, from a plateau

Post by BrainsyK » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:53 pm

On official takes, I went from 165 to 167 to 170. Between 167 and 170, I had to completely relearn the test from the ground up, challenge all the habits that I'd built not because they were bad but because they weren't perfect, and pick up new habits. We're talking about at most 13 questions of improvement here that can change your life so... my guess is that it's usually not easy.


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Re: Breaking into the 170s, from a plateau

Post by shinydunsparce » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:05 pm

I was stuck at this plateau for a while and what helped me was using 7sage to target specific types of questions I was still struggling with. IIRC, they group questions by both type and difficulty, so you can narrow down what you’re still getting wrong with that and then drill those until you improve. This helped me go from high 160s to 173+ consistently.


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Re: Breaking into the 170s, from a plateau

Post by AJordan » Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:38 pm

I'm not one that typically recommends tutoring as I think the cost analysis rarely merits it. However, you're in a spot where I think an hour is probably valuable. Bring your last three tests with all your misses to a session with a tutor who knows what's up and they will probably be able to identify one or two things (or more) that you'll need to work on. It's not a knock on you, it's just that you don't know you don't know. You know?

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