Hey George —
I am an extremely nervous person myself so I can certainly understand the challenge —
It also sounds like you didn’t do too bad other than that one game, so, if it wasn’t for that, you could have still gotten into or close to your range —
It’s obvious you are “right there” in terms of your score, and I expect that regardless of how you choose to study, you’ll end up with a score that you are happy with in September —
In terms of continuing to drill and work to get better, I have two specific suggestions for you —
1) See if you can really push yourself to get even faster than you are now, so that, on a good day, you can finish a section in 30 minutes, or something like that — having a little bit of relief from the time pressure can be of huge benefit when you are nervous (or, more accurately, feeling pressed for time feels absolutely terrible when you are nervous and so you want to try and mitigate that as much as possible). This type of speed can obviously be most helpful for LG and the off chance you run into that bizarre game that takes longer to get through.
2) For LR and RC, make sure you are really pushing yourself to arrive at the right answer two ways — by finding specific reasons for why wrong answers are wrong and eliminating them, and finding specific reasons for why the right answer is right and choosing it.
Especially at the highest levels, this sort of “two-way authorization” can be hugely beneficial for catching any mistakes you might make in real time / getting around some of the tests’ biggest challenges in real time (for example, some of the hardest q’s are ones where the right answer isn’t obvious, and the key to success is your elimination skill).
In terms of tutoring — if done right, I think it can be really, really useful for you — exactly for the reasons you mentioned —
Problem for you is — it’s going to be tough for you to find a tutor who is actually much better than you at the test / knows much more about the test than you do, and, amongst these potential tutors, only a very small portion will be any good at using what they know to help you get better. So you’ll want to pick carefully —
Obviously, I have a connection with Manhattan and think their tutors are great —
And, even more fortunately, Dan Oakes happens to, in my opinion, fit those criteria very well, and he literally charges a quarter of what I think he should per hour — so, if you are interested, you should definitely reach out to him for tutoring as well — http://www.acmelsatprep.com/
HTH and let me know if you have any follow-up or need anything else —