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168 up from a 157 on the June test!  Couldn't be happier to be back to my PT average!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Careless Mistake Avoidance Advice (Oct. Test)
« on: September 29, 2008, 11:41:22 AM »
About a month ago I was in your exact situation.  I thought the whole "slow down to speed up" advice was cliche and wouldn't work if I was already running out of time.  So I tried it, and it did help.  I drastically reduced the number of questions I missed for carelessness (ie. I was going to fast and didn't bother to read all of the answers.)  It actually slows you down if you try to go to fast because you end up having to go back and read through the question again two or three times.

Take it or leave it, but here's my advice.  First, read each question thoroughly, don't speed read, as you might miss something.  Think about what you're reading and what the question is asking.  A lot of the time, you'll be able to guess the answer.  Second, remember that there is a right answer.  A lot of my mistakes were because I thought I had found a "good" answer, and didn't bother to find the right one.  I think doing that also significantly dropped the number of carelessness mistakes I made. 

You probably don't want to hear about changing you mindset, but that helps as well.  Being confident in such a way that you know that you can find the right answer helps a lot.  It's not "I know I'm going to ace this" but that "I know I'm good enough to find the right answer." 

Anyway, back to your problem, it really does sound like you need to not worry so much about how long you're taking.  Don't worry so much about how long it takes to read the questions, and when you have found the right answer don't dwell on it for a long time.  Hope some of that helped.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: June 08 Stories
« on: June 20, 2008, 11:29:34 AM »
Wow your pretty lucky. In that situation I can just see myself busting into the testing center 30 minutes late, drenced in sweat and dehydrated while babbling about my broken car.

I had already started making plans for October. Of course, I wore flip-flops because I thought it'd be more comfortable during the test.  So I would have been seen running the streets in flip-flops carrying nothing but a ziplock bag.

I bet your conversation with the Samaritan that picked you up went something like this "OhMyGodICan'tThankYouEnoughForPickingMeUp!!!!I'dBeLateForThisLSATTestThatBas icillyWillDetermineTheNextThr eeYearsOfMyLifeIfNotMore!!!", etc

Yeah, I think I kinda scared the poor guy.  Then on top of it he offered to give me a ride back to my car after the test.  I gotta say, Karma better get that guy like a winning lottery ticket for giving me a ride and having to listen to my insane rantings both to and from the test.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: June 08 Stories
« on: June 20, 2008, 10:28:47 AM »
Wow your pretty lucky. In that situation I can just see myself busting into the testing center 30 minutes late, drenced in sweat and dehydrated while babbling about my broken car.

I had already started making plans for October. Of course, I wore flip-flops because I thought it'd be more comfortable during the test.  So I would have been seen running the streets in flip-flops carrying nothing but a ziplock bag.

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I would definitely be interested in this.  I just finished writing a draft and I definitely need some feedback.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: June 08 Stories
« on: June 19, 2008, 05:48:57 PM »
Probably my own fault for living in the middle of nowhere but for me the closest test center is an hour and a half away.  I was kind of afraid that something would happen, so I left early enough to get to the city an hour and a half early.  Of course, I get a craving for Subway, which is all the way on the other side of town, about as far away from the college where the test is being proctored as you can get.  I finish my sub and calmly go to start my car.  It doesn't start.  I try again.  No go.  I say to myself that it's just a fluke and it's done that before (which it has) and maybe if I just give it 10 minutes it will start (like it had before). 
So I come back 10 minutes later and it still is not starting.  At this point I'm checking all the fluids in my car, trying to see if anything is low/empty and everything is perfect.  I consider myself a pretty calm person but at this point I've wasted another half-hour (after wasting a half-hour eating) and so there's no way I can walk/run to the testing center from where I am.  Luckily some kind soul saw me and offered me a ride because he thought I looked like I was late for work!  So, after completely freaking out I ended up getting there 15 minutes early.  Amazingly after the test I got back to my car and it started right up and got me all the way home.  Miraculously that was the last time that car started.  Don't think it affected my score as much as the groupthink rc passage though.

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