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My breakdown today was 11 on games, 20 on Args 1, 20 on Args 2 and 21 on RC. That gave me a 72 which scaled to a 161. I guess the scale is more generous since it was the Oct 1997 exam.

Anyway, I have since analyzed my games section. Here is what I *think* happened. First game I attempted was Game #3 since it had 7 questions and since I never finsh I have to get as much bang for my buck as I can. I got 6 correct and it took 10 minutes. Second game I tried was game #1. I have no idea how long it took me and I got 4/5 correct. I chose it because I thought it looked simple but there were a couple of tricky questions that took too much of my time. Third game I tried ws game #4 and I was seriously out of time because I only attempted 2 questions, got 1 of them correct, guessed 'D' on the rest, then had to guess 'D' on all of the last game, game#2. What did I do with all my time? I should easily be able to do 3 games and get say only 1 or 2 wrong. I do know that my mind was wandering a couple of times so maybe I spaced out. In practice, I can get almost any game in 11 minutes, some under 9 minutes, and I rarely get more than one wrong and usually get them all right. Somehow doing it as part of a test is making me choke. It was the first section too so it's not like I was tired. I need to videotape myself doing a games section, LOL.

Thanks for the advice guys.
Maybe I will start spending more time on the setup. Right now I usually spend about 2-3 minutes.

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If you do not own it already, purchase the Powerscore Logic Games Bible. Photocopy the preptest games and do them repeatedly.

Thanks, but I have been through that book already. Do you think going through it again would help me? Yuck, I really don't want to do that.

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My diag. was 149. A month later I got 161, 2 weeks later 157, and today (3 weeks later) 161 again. Games section is dragging me down. I thought I was improving in practice - I was getting everything right, and usually under 11 minutes. But today I got an 11 on games, which is what I got on my other test when I got a 161. A freaking 11! That is so bad! I was hoping for at least a 15, which I know is also pathetic but not as pathetic as 11. I was struggling with a couple of questions and I think it made that game take up too much time. What does everyone else do, if you are stumped by a question - how long do you give yourself before you guess and move on, 2 minutes? I was thinking about one question for probably about 3-4 minutes, way too long. But I kept thinking I had invested the time in the rest of the game so I should try to figure it out.

I think I am going to resign myself to the fact that I will get only 11 on games. So I should study up on RC and Args to make sure I get over 20 on those sections. All I need to get is low 160's to get in where I want to go, so I am not too far off. It just PISSES me off that no matter what I do, I only score 11 on games. I have done the games bible and about 3 other games books. I tried doing timed sections, timing a game at a time in practice, untimed, I've tried everything. All it takes is one difficult question and then I have no time for the rest of the stuff. There is a Powerscore couse I could sign up for but I just don't see paying $1200 to get maybe 5 more points. And if I still got an 11 after that, well then I'd REALLY be pissed!

My plan was to do a timed test every week from now till the June LSAT, and spend the rest of the week analyzing what I did wrong. I guess I will stick to the plan. Maybe I just need to do more games in the context of a full exam and not just timed sections or timed individual games. All I know is, after the June LSAT I will never do another of these freaking games again. I can't stand putting so much time into such a useless skill. And I also can't stand putting so much time into something and NOT improving!

I'll see what I get on my test next Saturday before I make any changes to my plan.
This test sucks.



 

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On the writing sample, that is. Are there just some schizo proctors or are you not supposed to erase? I'll be in trouble. I type just about everything except a list if I go to a store or something.

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Studying for the LSAT / What do you think of this study plan for June?
« on: February 07, 2006, 07:30:31 PM »
I'm almost through with LRB and finished LGB. Just finished Nova's Master the LSAT - I only did the reading comp. section since everyone else says LRB and LGB are better and I've already done those.  I took a diagnostic before any of the studying, then 2 more tests about a month after the diag. and then 2 weeks later: 149, 161, 157.  From now on, since I know the basics, the question types, game types, etc., shouldn't I now focus on speed? I am pretty accurate but very slow on games, and I ALMOST finish LR and RC sections in the 35 min. I was thinking that now I should just count how many weeks I have till June LSAT, count how many tests I have, and set up a schedule and just keep taking a test a week (timed), and during the week correct my mistakes. I mean, what else is there to do?

I am taking a free Kaplan practice test on 2/18. Hopefully I will get 160+.  All I need is low 160's. 163 would be great.

I normally only have 2 hours a night to study, 8-10pm, and I am very tired at that point so I usually can't do RC then. My husband says he can come home by 6pm once a week to let me out (I watch the 4 kids during the day) for 3  hours at the library; and I can go once on a Sat. or Sun. afternoon for 3 hours. I'm thinking I should take a test during one of the 3-hour stints, and spend the 1-2 hours per night to review my mistakes.

If I want to increase speed and stamina to be able to handle the long test, I think just taking all the tests under timed conditions is the best thing for me now.

Any thoughts?
Candice

Oh yeah, and I have been avoiding the formal logic chapter in LRB; I guess I should work through that too. It's so long and tedious though...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: ADVCE FOR TEST TAKERS- MY EXPEIRENCE
« on: February 07, 2006, 06:34:54 PM »
That's funny.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: June 2006 Test Study Group (Yahoo)
« on: February 06, 2006, 06:51:29 PM »
Vera, I requested to join. Thanks, this is a good idea!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: ADVCE FOR TEST TAKERS- MY EXPEIRENCE
« on: February 06, 2006, 02:26:16 PM »
I think you're right. I haven't taken it yet, I'm taking in June. But a few weeks ago, I was studying every spare minute of every day (even if I only had 15 min. I would try to do a game or RC passage), talking about it all the time and surfing here way too much. It did not help me at all. In fact, I began to have no concentration and would read something 2-3 times before it would sink in, and then get the answer wrong anyway. My games actually got worse in that time period, and I was getting extremely frustrated. So I took a break. I didn't study for 4 days, and then when I did, I only did RC for a week, then a little Args, no games for like a week and a half. I tried hard not to always think about studying and the exam. Then when I finally did sit down one evening to do games, I was TOTALLY in the zone! I flew through those babies getting them all right. I felt good about it. Then the next evening I sat down to to RC and flew through those too. So...I am trying to NOT study too much between now and say April. Then I will step it up a little bit. With this test, there is definitely a such thing as too much studying.  :)

Candice

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Studying for the LSAT / I wish I were taking the LSAT today!
« on: February 04, 2006, 11:44:34 AM »
I'm not ready by any means, so I guess it's good I'm taking it in June. But just think - it would be ALL OVER!

Candice

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Long Story Short
« on: February 03, 2006, 09:27:17 PM »
Oh, and P.S.
  If he does come back and you want to take him back, I would seriously consider the fact that he was willing to risk you bombing the test (which you will NOT do). I would not let him get away free on that one!

C.

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