I enjoy all the clever comments, but the problem of selecting appropriate students is real. My experience, after having taught in a post doctoral program for over 25 years, is that the challenge is not selecting candidates that are talented, brilliant, inquisitive, it is selecting candidates that are suited to the path they have chosen.. If they get far enough to be individually examined or interviewed all the above has been more then adequately proven. I have seen too many people struggle to be happy and productive in life, however, because they were not suited for they aspired. Programs shouldn’t concentrate on one more clever way of letting candidates show their brilliance, they should concentrate on getting brilliant candidates in the programs for which they are suited.
With just days to go, you want to be focusing on your weak areas (whether it is MBE, Essays or the MPT). If you feel confident about the MPT (and it isn’t a large part of your score, which it isn’t in NY) I would spend your time on the work that will get you the most bang for your buck (If you are weak on MBEs, make sure you work on those. If you are weak on essays, make sure you do plenty of those). However, if you don’t feel confident about the MPT or haven’t done much practice, make sure you do at least one or two before the exam.