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Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?

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Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« on: November 14, 2007, 06:22:52 PM »
Guys,
I took all the preptests from the "Next 10" and now I am thinking of working backwards to the preptests from the "More 10" and etc. However, do the tests prior to "Next 10" good studying tools? B/c I keep hearing from people that the games have changed and the LR and RC have gotten tougher.

Should I still do them?
Assuming that those preptests are "easier," how many points on avg should I deduct to know where I am really standing?

Thanks so much!

Re: Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2007, 06:27:00 PM »
'Next 10' ends with preptest 38, right? It'd really be better if you could get the newer ones, rather than go backwards. We're on preptest 51 now, so there are plenty out there.

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Re: Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2007, 06:29:33 PM »
Oops, I mean that I am leaving the later ones ( and did some of them during my testmasters course)for the week before the lsat- as I am currently doing 2 timed prep tests a day.
So, assuming that I have done the later ones, is it still beneficial to do the earlier ones as well?
Guys,
I took all the preptests from the "Next 10" and now I am thinking of working backwards to the preptests from the "More 10" and etc. However, do the tests prior to "Next 10" good studying tools? B/c I keep hearing from people that the games have changed and the LR and RC have gotten tougher.

Should I still do them?
Assuming that those preptests are "easier," how many points on avg should I deduct to know where I am really standing?

Thanks so much!

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Re: Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2007, 06:31:26 PM »
Tests are tests.  Do them.  Just keep in mind the older the test, the less likely the score reflects what you'd get today.  They're still good practice for the content.

Re: Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2007, 06:32:06 PM »
Guys,
I took all the preptests from the "Next 10" and now I am thinking of working backwards to the preptests from the "More 10" and etc. However, do the tests prior to "Next 10" good studying tools? B/c I keep hearing from people that the games have changed and the LR and RC have gotten tougher.

Should I still do them?
Assuming that those preptests are "easier," how many points on avg should I deduct to know where I am really standing?

Thanks so much!

Gurl, you'd be a fool not to do the older tests if they are readily available to you.  Yes, the games and reading comprehension sections have changed, the former more so than the latter, but the logical reasoning parts are essentially the same.  In fact, I cannot much tell the difference between the ones found in the 10 Actual Preptests and the ones from today. 

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Re: Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2007, 06:50:58 PM »
Sounds good, thanks.

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Re: Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2007, 08:43:20 PM »
But, I spend about 1.5 hrs after each exam analyzing each prep test I have taken. Yes, about 8 hrs a day of lsat studying..
Oops, I mean that I am leaving the later ones ( and did some of them during my testmasters course)for the week before the lsat- as I am currently doing 2 timed prep tests a day.
So, assuming that I have done the later ones, is it still beneficial to do the earlier ones as well?


Don't do that!!  2 a day is not going to help you and says that you are not reviewing the problems and your mistakes after you take a timed test.  That is a very important part of getting value and learning from taking timed practice tests.


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Re: Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2007, 09:39:55 PM »
I starting this two test a day thing about 2 weeks ago ( prior to that I never really timed myself and I have been studying since July). Over that past few weeks, my score only gets higher. Timing myself helps me to reduce my stress. I used to get so intimidated timing myself that I would do so poorly sometimes just b/c of it. It had nothing to do with not being comfortable with the skills needed to succeed. I just could not think straight b/c of the time pressure. Now, however, I am totally used to it and I think it does me good. I would not recommend this strategy only if you have a weeks to go to the test date b/c it's true you do end up running out of material otherwise. I'm taking it in Dec, and so I still have a lot of prep tests at my disposal.

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Re: Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2007, 11:32:31 PM »
Ya, these lsat people always want to throw surprises at you...
I would just like to add that I am not completely convinced that some freaky type game from an earlier exam might not rear its ugly head again.  Therefore, I would at least do those in case some monster makes a reappearance.

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Re: Should I do preptests prior to 1997 ?
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2007, 11:34:30 PM »
Ya, I will take a break and on Saturdays I HAVE to take them cuz of Sabbath. No writing allowed.
 Anywyas, I think for a lot of people out there-it's sometimes the testing conditions that just throw them off. If we can all get use to it and practice as close as possible to it, then we wouldn't lose the points here and there.

I starting this two test a day thing about 2 weeks ago ( prior to that I never really timed myself and I have been studying since July). Over that past few weeks, my score only gets higher. Timing myself helps me to reduce my stress. I used to get so intimidated timing myself that I would do so poorly sometimes just b/c of it. It had nothing to do with not being comfortable with the skills needed to succeed. I just could not think straight b/c of the time pressure. Now, however, I am totally used to it and I think it does me good. I would not recommend this strategy only if you have a weeks to go to the test date b/c it's true you do end up running out of material otherwise. I'm taking it in Dec, and so I still have a lot of prep tests at my disposal.

Ok,  if it is working for you that is a good thing.  A bit of an unusual reaction to such a regimen though.

Timing myself helps me to reduce my stress.   That's good, most people don't seem to react that way.  That bodes well for you.

Just make sure to take at least one or two days a week off from ALL LSAT, and when you start to feel any sort of burnout (you likely will) you force yourself to set aside the books and go outside and get some sunshine or something and some rest and relaxation to re-charge.