Got to the Starbucks at 3rd & Lavaca a little bit before 10 this morning. Downtown is more congested than usual as Austin is hosting some motorcycle rally/meathead fiesta.
Started with blind review of 59.3, but after a solid hour and only being 3 questions into the BR, I decided to move on. Had a lot of anxiety about the PT today and wanted to get it over with. As I said in yesterday’s entry, I haven’t done a full PT in over a year. Part of me was pretty scared that I would quit early, like I wouldn’t be able to force myself to sit in the same place for two and a half hours. Something about being ADD and/or commitment, maybe.
So I stopped the BR before finishing the entire section and moved onto prep test 61.
Time did not fly; it kind of whimpered along, hamstrung by my constant awareness of it. Somehow, some way, I got through it (the PT. And the time.) Something about the Nike slogan and Shia Labeouf and just do it, maybe.
I feel really, really good. (As I’m writing this, 3:02pm, I haven’t yet looked at my answers or graded the PT. I imagine my feelings will soon change).
I KNOW THAT I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BLIND REVIEWED THE TWO LR SECTIONS BEFORE I GRADED THE TEST. THAT’S WHAT THE FULLY AUTONOMOUS FLESHBAG WOULD HAVE DONE. THAT’S HOW REAL IMPROVEMENT IS MADE.
*kid cudi voice* but fuck it you know what im sayin.
Kind of as a reward for sticking to my schedule this morning and doing an hour of BR and taking a full damn test, I went ahead and scored PT 61.
Pleasantly surprised with the result–170!
I was astonished when I looked at the score conversion chart. -12 is decent but I expected it to be like, 168 MAYBE. Can’t believe the curve on this PT is so low. (For those of you unfamiliar, each PT is curved differently depending on relative difficulty of that test. The same raw score on two different tests can equate to two very different overall scores.)
Obviously I could take another PT tomorrow and get a 165 (or lower), but this is encouraging. I can definitely hit 175+ come September if I keep putting in the work.
Anyway, I can’t get complacent. 170 is a good starting point, but if I’m still hitting 170 come the end of August, I’ll be extremely disappointed.
I made a lot of mistakes on this test. I’ll review each one tomorrow. But for now, I’m okay.
Need to go to Walgreens and the gym. Later tonight I’ll type up and post pics of my BR method for one of the questions from PT 59. Also, a new book arrived in the mail yesterday…