Bah- that's sort of what I feared. Is there any way to counter that without actually buying each of the most recent prep tests individually (beside just lowering expectations)?
No, you'll need to buy them, especially 44 - 51. Plus, you'll need to get a hold of Sept and Dec 2007, as they have their own flukes.
I just spent the day doing all the games from tests 29 - 39. I disagree that they're all that much easier than recent tests - just different. The most important thing is not getting flustered and spending the time to get ALL the inferences. You miss an inference, and you blow a game on the recent tests.
I don't think the more recent RC's were all that much more difficult than in the 1990s. Again, the questions were different, but the material actually a bit less dense.