WakkaDojo wrote:Actually, he MUST retake the exam since the scores are only valid for 5 years.
I think he meant he took the 2001 (0177) sample practice test.
betelgeuse1: If you want 900+, I wouldn't worry (any more than everyone already worries) about getting 880 on a practice test. Likewise, I wouldn't feel ecstatic getting a 910 on the practice tests. There is lots of variability in what could happen on test day. (Particular questions given, luck with guesses, lack of silly errors, how well you're feeling, scaling etc...), any of which could account for a difference of well more than 20 points. Getting an 880 means you're within range of getting a 900. So keep reviewing your material and focus on relativity questions, and hope the stars align on test day. I agree 20 points wouldn't be a huge difference in admissions, but I think for anyone reading applications, it's natural to magnify differences when the leading digit changes... 900 vs 880... just human psychology. 880 vs 860 is much less significant.