"studying" for the hpat is evidently a waste of time; at the end of the day it's an aptitude test. For christs sake familiarise yourself with the types of questions they can ask of course, but you definitely shouldn't be studying the hpat as you would biology for instance. well that's what I think !
i don't think it's a waste of time anymore, there are now much more resources than before (grinds, medentry) so lots of people have been actively preparing which obviously affects the scoring, whereas before it was really just a test of aptitude it now is somewhat related to time spent preparing. coming in unprepared isn't really an option if you're serious :/
i thought so too but now that ive started studying for it its obvious that with time your score does improve!
Your Mock/Pre exams are just as important as a practice match 4 days before a final. Is it important if you won or lost the practice match? Obviously no. What IS important is what you LEARN from the practice match, what parts of your play need improving. It is the same with the Pre/Mock exams. Whether you get a grade 1, 2, 3 or 4 depends on the topics you have studied AND if they come up or not. If you study Photosynthesis and Mendelian Genetics but then Respiration and DNA come up then, obviously, you won't do very well! There is a HUGE amount of luck involved in the Pre/Mock exams. So aim for June, not February, because by then you will hopefully have Photosynthesis, Respiration, Mendelian Genetics and DNA all covered and revised.
think about it at the end of the day you basically have one shot at your hpat, and youll still have four months after that to focus on the lc, for now, hpat is number one! best of luck tho whatever you choose