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Q: Doesn't this video contradict the study guides? It recommends taking a practice test right away, but the study schedule doesn't mention it.
A: For those following our study guides, which should really be all of you ;), you may have noticed that you are not schedule to take a practice test until week three or four. In the video we recommend taking a practice test as soon as possible.
I could make an argument for both. On the one hand, you want to save your practice tests. So not wasting one at the beginning seems wise. On the other hand, by not taking a test at the beginning, you are going to be less aware of your weakness.
So you need to decide where you stand. If you already have a strong grasp of your strengths and weaknesses, you can save the practice test until later. But if you are starting out and don't have a clear idea of your level, then you probably want to take a practice test right away. That way you know what to focus on in your studies.