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LSAT Preparation => Studying for the LSAT => Topic started by: reddawnn27 on November 14, 2011, 03:15:46 PM

Title: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: reddawnn27 on November 14, 2011, 03:15:46 PM
I am taking the December 3rd LSAT, and right now I am getting 161 on my practice tests.

I have been taking 2-3 practices tests a week, reviewing the practice tests, practicing types of questions I get wrong, and working on timing. I would like to bring my score up to 168 at least.

What else should I be doing? And how best should I use the days I have left?

I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: justanothersucker on November 14, 2011, 03:34:36 PM
If you can afford it, go to a seminar. If not, study like mad. Not much more you can do.

Q&A's. The newer the better. Both the ones LSAC gives and the private company ones.
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: FalconJimmy on November 14, 2011, 03:57:26 PM
I am taking the December 3rd LSAT, and right now I am getting 161 on my practice tests.

I have been taking 2-3 practices tests a week, reviewing the practice tests, practicing types of questions I get wrong, and working on timing. I would like to bring my score up to 168 at least.

What else should I be doing? And how best should I use the days I have left?

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Are you using some sort of method?

Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: reddawnn27 on November 14, 2011, 04:02:05 PM
I took a three month prep course with Testmasters. The class ended in October, and I have been studying on my own since then. I am using their test materials.
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: FalconJimmy on November 14, 2011, 04:11:53 PM
I took a three month prep course with Testmasters. The class ended in October, and I have been studying on my own since then. I am using their test materials.

Is there a specific section that's giving you fits?  Maybe try a different method for that?  Try it from a different angle?  Who knows, sometimes you just need to hear things a little differently and then they click.
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: reddawnn27 on November 15, 2011, 08:51:54 AM
I'm having the most problem with the logic game section. I can't seem to finish in time. I was told that logic games just take a lot of practice. but do you know of another method/ strategy?
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: vertac on November 15, 2011, 10:56:26 AM
Is it the setup that is taking up the most time or the individual questions?  Is there a game type that gives you greater difficulty? (linear, grouping, pure sequencing,...)

If your accuracy is good but time is a factor, one possible approach would be to just concentrate on three of the games and skip the game type you find most difficult.  Lets say you skip a game that has 5 questions and just guess D for all the questions in that section.  You will have about a 1 in 5 chance of getting a correct answer for that game section.  If you were accurate with the rest of your game questions, you would only have about 4 incorrect answers which would be very good, especially if games are your weakness.  Lets say as a worst case senario, you get 4 wrong on each of the other sections.  If your LSAT is 101 questions, that leaves you with a raw score of 85 and a scaled score of about 169.
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: MNBiz on November 15, 2011, 12:27:01 PM
Yikes the LSAT sure sounds tough!
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: FalconJimmy on November 15, 2011, 12:27:56 PM
Yikes the LSAT sure sounds tough!

It's really worth doing well on, though.  Lots of full-rides for high LSATs.
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: MNBiz on November 15, 2011, 12:31:03 PM
Guess I'll get to work studying then!
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: FalconJimmy on November 15, 2011, 01:15:21 PM
Guess I'll get to work studying then!

I made a huge mistake by not preparing enough for the LSAT.  Recommend you read these books:

http://www.amazon.com/Law-School-Getting-Good-Gold/dp/1888960809

and to a lesser extent:

http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Law-School-II-Before/dp/1888960507/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321388106&sr=1-1
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: dlat7 on November 16, 2011, 09:17:56 AM
I'm having the most problem with the logic game section. I can't seem to finish in time. I was told that logic games just take a lot of practice. but do you know of another method/ strategy?

Your initial understanding of the rules & diagram are THE most important factors when dealing with LG.  Be sure to understand every rule and constraint--not only what it states specifically, but what it implies via contrapositives and slotting/grouping for the remaining members (conditional reasoning plays a large role in this section as well, so be sure to have a firm grip on that concept).  In many cases, you can diagram a large-enough portion of the game and be able to answer most of the Qs rather easily. 

This section, IMO, is the easiest to learn since everything fits into a nice box-the rules/constraints limit what you can/not do.  Be sure to go slowly at first, understanding every rule's direct and indirect implications and discovering the best way to translate those rules onto the page.  Speed will obviously come with practice.

I was PTing in your range when I began and have since improved to -1/2 on each LG section I attempt. 

Best of luck.
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: Julie Fern on November 16, 2011, 04:55:55 PM
I'm having the most problem with the logic game section. I can't seem to finish in time. I was told that logic games just take a lot of practice. but do you know of another method/ strategy?

stop trying do whole section.
Title: Re: 2 Weeks before Test and Score Not High Enough
Post by: fortook on November 26, 2011, 09:29:19 AM
Julie's sarcasm is usually obvious, but here she has a point.  A lot of people skip game to up the whole section score, if time is a problem.  Just remember to guess on the game you skip (don't' leave anything blank).