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Please help
« on: May 14, 2006, 11:21:09 AM »
This is the deal. I'm consistently getting about 159-161 on practice tests. The break down is usually like this RC 2-5 wrong, LR 2-7 wrong, LG 12+

I've gone through the LGB several times, went through Nova, redone the games i got wrong, done a bunch of game sections timed and untimed....none of the sh*t works. I just want to get three games done 100% correctly, I'll bubble D for the 4th game. I think I can pick up the slack on the rest of the test. It won't be the end of the world if I don't get over a 170. I'm not trying to go HYS. I'll settle for anything over 160. So these games are really f-ing up that plan. The grouping games give me fits. What can I do at this point? I'm taking the test in June, So  I have 27 days left. Postponing till October is not an option.

Not to be a prick, but if you're going to leave condescending remarks, do it somewhere else. I need some serious help at this point.



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Re: Please help
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2006, 11:26:49 AM »
since you have already done through lgb, the only thing I can add is that you should figure out which games you do best on and do that type first when doing the whole test.  After you're done with those, go to the next easiest and so on.  Do not do them in the order in which they are presented because you may potentially waste your time on a hard game and not have enough to do a game you are capable of doing right.
Also, if possible you may want to find a study partner.  Sometimes the other person may provide you with useful hints on how to approach the games.
Hope this helps!

Re: Please help
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2006, 06:13:24 PM »
Go through the LGR again and make sure you have the right setups.  Also, focus on 3 games and not 4, it's better to get 18 questions completely right then bomb half of everything.


Re: Please help
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2006, 12:08:14 AM »
If you're going to have a weakness that needs work with about a month left before the test, games is a good one to pick.  Here's why: it is realistic to believe that you can remedy the problem before the June test.  Games are learnable.  Games are methodical.  Games, ultimately, are manageable.  Step 1, believe in yourself.

Step 2, as a previous poster has mentioned you need to spend some quality time analyzing your past mistakes.  Many of us have some sort of Achilles Heel: a mistake that we make over and over and over again.  It might be an error in interpreting clues/rules; an inability to see common deductive patterns across games-types; a problem understanding the questions; or a lack of applying the skills that you've read about during the course of your study.  Find your weakness and protect against it.  You neglect to mention in your post, and it is relevant to consider, where your "12+" errors are coming from.  Are you 100% accurate on any of the games you attempt?  Under untimed conditions do you reliably get through games with 100% accuracy?

If you are involved in a prepcourse and have a live LSAT instructor at your fingertips, he/she should be able to pinpoint your problem quickly if you allow them to review your past work and watch you work a game or two.


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Re: Please help
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2006, 07:34:36 AM »
The most important thing with games is to set it up right and try to make all the inferences before you attack any of the questions. I don't know exactly why you are making the mistakes you are making, but I bet at least partly it's because of an incorrect set-up or not making all the inferences. Try using the Powerscore Games Set-up book. Work through a game first then check the book to see if your set-up is similar and if you missed any inferences. Try different games set-ups until you find what works for you. Not everything that you learn in books may sit well with you - that is why it's important to develop your own approach. Symbology is important. For example, if you have a game that deals with 4 boys and 3 girls find a way to differentiate between them use capital letters of the first names for boys and lowercase for girls, or vice versa. If the game lends itself to only 2-3 templates, be sure to set-up these templates, it makes it so much easier. Before you walk away from any game be sure that you fully understand why you made the mistakes.

Re: Please help
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2006, 12:07:04 PM »
One thing that might help is to make a study guide outlining the most important information (ie your shorthand, must be true/could be true/must not be true/etc., conditional statements and contrapositives) and then memorize that information so that it is automatic when you are actually doing the games. HTH. I am still working on the games so this idea hasn't really been put to the test in this context, but it has been of enormous help to me in focusing my studying for tests in my classes.

Re: Please help
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2006, 04:21:42 PM »
Thanks for all the advice. I'm still plugging away. I do well with the "Identify the Templates/Possibilities" type questions. After yesterdays fiasco, I did the games from test 45 and only missed 3. I did tthe games from Test 44 today. I got the first 2 100%, but had to guess on the last 2. These are the types that give me trouble. I can't get a set up that tells me anything. How would you guys set up the third and fourth game from Test 44?

Thanks again.