« on: July 13, 2007, 01:21:42 AM »
easy answer for the OP: given that the PS books don't use recent test questions, and you should be taking timed and scored tests that are recent, just study the books and don't score most of your practice tests. (meaning total score, not per type). focus on the individual questions, not the whole enchilada with cheese.
scoring practice tests can either build false confidence or a deflated ego and frustration, neither helpful to your study. also, the focus of study can easily become misplaced onto the total score rather than the point of study which is...repeat after me...
UNTIMED ACCURACY and UNDERSTANDING CONCEPTS!
one of the best elements of many prep courses is that the homework questions are detached from their original test and corresponding scale. no temptation to score or time performance. the total focus is on accuracy and understanding the material and correcting mistakes. monthly diagnostics and a few tests towards the end take care of timing issues and keeping tabs on particular problem areas.