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What caused me to write to you: I recently scored a 171 on PT60 (first time breaking into 170s after my last high score of 169) and then 162 on PT89 the very next day. I am taking the test for a second time this June 2021. My goal score is a 180 (I have a GPA of 3.5 from my last 2 years at the University of Toronto, but that per se is not gonna seal the deal with an Ivy League).
Some background: When I took the Nov 2020 Flex, it was right after I had been taking the PTs in the 80s consistently for 2 weeks (I work full time as a paralegal so I only had 2 weeks completely off before test day). I am quite a calm test taker, and although I was not flustered as such, I could still feel that the RC was unusually difficult and LR was cloudy (I was flagging more than usual - I went lurking on Reddit and noticed most of the people on there seemed to have the exact same experience as mine on both LR and RC lol). LG felt the best, and it remains my forte till date.
Compared to Nov 2020 (I scored a 158 after a diagnostic of 160), I feel much more confident about key concepts today. I've been getting -0 to -3 on LG; -3 to -6 on RC; -2 to -6 on LR (I still have a long way to go to get to my goal score). I have a sneaking feeling that the RC on the Nov 2020 Flex was closer to the PT 60s than the 80s (which is probably why I found them even harder on test day as I was only doing 80s for two weeks prior to the exam). However, going from a 171 on PT60, to a 162 on PT89, makes me wonder how there could be such a shift. I expected a dip for sure because even back when I was prepping for Nov 2020, I had felt that change between the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Now that I am better prepared, I would like to reach a point where I can handle all of them equally (well)/in the same manner - i.e., which PT I am taking (65, 72, 87) should be irrelevant to my performance because my concepts are that clear (not sure how possible this is!).
My point: I understand from a couple of your podcasts that Powerscore is able to make reasonable predictions, thanks to the archives you maintain of past tests and that you have studied trends. I also understand that these are estimations at best and I am no way under the impression that there is a sure-shot way of predicting exactly what future papers will look like. Keeping this in mind, can you kindly advise which era each section of the Flex seems to resemble? Is the Flex RC most like the RC in the 60s? Is the Flex LG most like the RC in the 70s? My plan to prep now is to do PTs 88, then 78, and then 68, and so on, so that I don't lose touch or get too comfortable in any of the eras. I just took PT 60 and then 89 a couple of days ago, so sometime this week, I will do the May Flex PT to gauge what I feel it most resembles (before I forget what the 60s felt like). Please let me know what you think of this. Any opinion will be truly appreciated!