I am hitting a road block on the LR sections. I typically will answer the first 17-18 correct or with 1 or 2 errors, and then just bomb the last 7-8 questions. I could be missing 1 or 2 in the section, but instead miss 6-8. Because this is half the test I would substantially improve my score from the low 160's to the low 170's. I think it is a time issue, but does anyone have any suggestions on erradicating this constant occurrence.
i ran into something simililar to this when i was studying...and IMHO, i think it has to do with stamina. 35 minutes is a long time to stare at question after question, and with the difficulty of some of these questions, its easy to get tired and frustrated.
here is what i would suggest. take some of the LR sections that are older and that you havent taken. since youre doing well throgh the first 15-18 questions, you should start with the first 15 questions. give yourself about a minute and a half per question and time yourself that way (i.e. 15 questions - 22.5 minutes, 20 questions - 30 minutes, etc.). do a set of 15 questions and repeat until you get them all correct. then add about 2-3 questions per set. do 17 or 18 until you get them all correct. then move up to 20, then 22, 24, and eventually 25, still giving yourself a minute and a half per question.
i know it sounds pretty tough, but it really works. i did this for about 2 weeks...and drastically made me much more tolerant of the time, fatigue, and frustration. and the more i got used to the time length, as well as the reading, the less i felt pressured by the time and fatigue.
once you can do the 25 questions in the 37.5 minutes, then you can cut the time down to 35 min and practice a few times that way. you might not get them all correct, but i guarantee you wont miss more than 2 or 3.
dont say i didnt warn you. this is serious committment and incredibly repetitive. however, if you keep it up, you will be disciplined enough to do 5 sections straight through without a break.
again, this is my humble opinion and just a method i used. just thought id share.