OK thanks for the help.... our cheat sheet is really jam packed so I think I'll be ready if I can just identify.
Same here, I value ID over the other stuff even though I should probably work more on the other stuff since at the moment I'm waaay better at ID. However, the thing that's good about knowing ID really well is that you can do those really quickly and then spend the rest of your time focusing on the other questions. Even for stations, I just try to remember the question or write a note of what it's about really quickly, then I move to an ID station, do all those quickly, and spend the rest of that time going back to the other questions.
It's a funny little system.
As someone who's done every ID event except birds (never rotated in for me, sadly), this is the key, in my opinion.
If you can't ID by sight, or at least significantly narrow down the choices to 2 or 3, you've already lost. There's never enough time to flip through your book to try to identify the specimen and then answer the questions, you need those 2 or 3 minutes to find the answers to the questions.
I ran the Rocks and Minerals event at the NY state tournament last week, and it was clear which teams were prepared. As I walked around, I saw many teams trying to identify specimens by flipping through their books, and as a result, could only correctly identify maybe two specimens out of five on a bigger station, without even getting to the multiple choice questions. Definitely can't finish the station if you need to spend more than a few seconds identifying.
I know that Entomology is different than Rocks and Minerals, but the same principle applies. ID is by far the most important aspect, everything else can come from your note sheet and book, in my opinion.