Test strips are a must. There's no such thing as typical settings, it can and will vary widely from negative to negative.
For most things I deem worthy of wet printing rather than just scanning I make test prints. They're made in the same way as a test strip, but using a whole sheet of paper. It helps me find dust spots I need to clean off the negative, plus I can instantly see places I'll probably need to dodge/burn and get a good feel for the overall exposure.
Test prints are a huge help to me. Give it a try, might help you too. Yes, the paper is expensive but it isn't getting any cheaper and I'd rather burn a few extra sheets in a box than produce less than excellent prints.