I didn’t really notice any tricks. It was pretty straightforward compared to the PM. The only way I could think would be if English isn’t one’s first language. That would be hard since, even though one may be fluent in English, some nuances can still be lost to the reader whose secondary language is English.
I guess it’s hard too that they demand a step-by-step process of checking in the essay. I would get videos that teach you how to check your own essay. You’d be surprised with what they score on. Schweser and Arif have those.
Someone covered the $ sign in an old thread… No, they aren’t required.
I have a similar experience that my AM saved by PM. Retaker, last year I had 9 out 10 > 70% in PM where this year it was only 5 q’s > 70%. The difference was this year I had 3 Q’s > 70% which was none last year. Without a decent AM performance I would not have crossed the finish line this year!