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Do scores on RC passages from PTs 40-50 reflect real "potential"?

lawnerddlawnerdd Monthly Member

Hi everyone! I am registered for the January test. I made a mistake in my scheduling and did most of the newest RC sections in the first leg of my preparation. Now I'm left with unused sections from PTs 30-50s (and 6-7 latest PTs which I have saved for timed practice test runs). The only option I have for drilling is using the old test sections. I am constantly scoring -0 to -3 in these. Do these sections reflect a similar difficulty level as those of the modern tests or these sections are comparatively easier?

Any advice of improving RC score is also welcome. Thanks in advance!


  • Scott MilamScott Milam Member Administrator Sage 7Sage Tutor
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    RC sections in that range are a bit shorter than those in later tests. They aren’t a bad indicator of your real score, just not quite as good as PTs in the 70s, 80s & 90s.

    If I were in your place, I would reduce to time on those tests by 3%. That would be great preparation for the exam and would make those shorter RC passages a bit more like the modern ones.

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