It was the first time I had met/met her.
Which tense form should be used, had met or met?
I have come across this sentence only, not from any specific context.
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We follow present tense by Present Perfect (indicating before and up until now) in contexts like...
1: This is the first time I have [ever] written this sentence
But because of preceding it was in OP's example, we know we're already in a "past tense" context. So we need Past Perfect to refer to an earlier state (during which I hadn't seen her). Hence...
2: It was the first time I had met her