Here is an odd observation that I would like to test out with the crowd. Personally, I do exceedingly well (98-99 percentile) on standardized tests, without putting in the amount of studying other people do.
My normal pattern of studying starts off with taking an official practice exam and failing it (usually due to overanalysis of multiple choice options and being unfamiliar with test properties). Give me a few more practice tests, and I am able to blast out rocking results on the exam. I don't know how this works, but I am guessing something to do with pattern recognition and a good grasp of core required data.
My data is limited as I have only taken three national standerdized exams.
ACT (2 days, 3 practice tests)
SAT (2 days, 3 practice tests)
MCAT (1 week, 6 practice tests)
I can't find where I read this, but I heard that N type personalities do not do well on standerdized exams. I would love to hear your analysis and or past experiences.