Hey everyone. New to the forum. I have been studying* since June of this year for the upcoming September GREs and I have just recently started taking practice exams. However, taking the exams has my moral low.
I started last week with sample exam 1 in CPTG and scored a 700, which I was OK with seeing as it was my first exam and I was still getting the timing down. But then this week I took sample exam 2 and scored a 660! Even lower than last week! I have been grading them according to the old system (# correct - 0.25 #incorrect) and using the 2008 exam scale. Has all my studying been in vain or are the CTPG sample exams much harder than the real thing? Any input would help give me an idea of where I am at. Maybe I am a bad standardized test taker? Thanks.
*My study plan included working through the CTPG book while doing the end of section problems. Any topics that were completely foreign to me I reviewed in the appropriate textbook. I have memorized approximately 200 pertinent formulae using index cards. I did this for about an hour and a half every day since June 1.