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Practicing with problems below one´s level. Makes sense?

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Hi guys,

I am currently scoring 650 (with balanced quant and verbal scores) and I would like to know if apart from practicing with drills of questions of my current level (600-700), it makes sense to do drills in the 500-600 range.

At first I thought it would be a waste of time.

But I decided to give it a try and found it helpful because:
- It helps me review and retain foundations (I get a good mixed practice of every topic)
- It helps me with my pace (I am able to practice my "Moving-Forward-Don´t-Look-Back Attitude")
- It builds confidence (I try to achieve 80-90% of all answers correct.)


Just to be clear, I do practice with questions in my current level, but I just wanted to know if you consider practicing with below-level questions useful as well.

What do you think? Has this proven helpful for any of you?

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Well... yes, but is that the best use of your time?
From what you have said, it may be if it helps you to clear and cover areas. I would suggest focusing on the questions you get wrong (those 10-20%) and try to get as much learning value as you can.

One note to those who try to do questions that are harder/much harder - that's probably of least value at this time for you. Ideally you would find questions that are around your level of difficulty (slightly lower and slightly higher are good too).

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If you have persistent weaknesses in one certain area you should (either alone or with a private tutor or a study partner) focus to eliminate them. This can be made by learning the respective concept from scratch and practice it on questions in all difficulty levels. However, you would have to start with easy questions.

In general it makes more sense to always study a bit harder questions as you will solve easier questions automatically if hard one are no problem.

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