I just noticed that books and papers are listed under this section, but i have heard that it is advisable to bring in some reading material ie (magazine, newspaper...) in order to pass the time before the test begins. Is this in fact permitted?
I just checked out powerscores top 10 list of most difficult reading comprehension passages and found that i could recal all the passages . But, i also noticed that of the top 10 and the 5 or so honorable mentions, there was not one listed as passage #1
My 2 cents is that you probably have taken so many tests that regardless of whether you end with 3 or 4 scores you will have to write an explanation for law school admissions. Also, since your average score is considered for some law schools, you can probably increase your average score by taking 4 lsat's. Finally, there is no guarantee that you will actually improve, and always the chance that either the June or October tests might go poorly. So, you might benefit from taking the lsat in June. If you do start scoring even higher before october, i dont think adding a low 160 lsat in june to your application will hurt.
I commonly tackle the passages with the most questions first, and the least questions last. The first passage has only 5 questions so i normally skip this one and complete the last 3 passages, returning to only skim over the first passage. However, i have noticed that when i go back to complete the skipped passage once the test is over that i think it is an easier passage. Has anyone else noticed that the first passage tends to have lighter material? in todays prep test i started with the first passage and completed it in just 5 minutes (5 questions included). I have also thought when returning to the first passage, with only moments left in the section, that i can fly through it. although that could be because the last minutes are winding down and im locked in.
So what are you feelings on the difficulty of the first passage and whether it should be completed (first) by test takers who commonly cannot complete the section without rushing.
IMO this is the time to take a preptest a day and become comfortable with the pace of the test. If you have a blaring weakness then you should take multiple sections of that type (for me Reading comprehension) a day. Myself i take a preptest at 12:30 (the time of the test) finish at 3:40 [15 minute break between 3 and 4] and then after dinner (right now) i go and take 2-3 reading comprehension sections and score 15-20 on all of them -john
It is important that you dont get discouraged by a low diagnostic test. This test is only there to show you where your weaknesses are. Furthermore, While that is not a great diagnostic, it is not the worst one i have seen by far. Personally my diagnostic was a 150 and i am now scoring 164-168 on my daily tests, so there is no reason to believe that with intense studying that you cant see your score reach at least the 150's. What you need to do now is buy some prepbooks (i suggest powerscore) and get down to work! 4 months is not all that long to prepare so you will want to spend at least an hour a day studying if not 2-3 hours (the length of a preptest). Good luck studying and feel free to post any questions you have with the material
Without knowing exactly how well your doing on the lsat or what kind of law school you want ot get into, ill just assume that your not scoring high enough to get into your school of choice. So i would recomend taking the lsat later, especially since you are going to be busy with finals. One option you would have for taking the lsat in october is renting out a motel or staying at a friends house for the night before the test. It is kind of out there, and might set off your routine a little bit, but my bet is that youl still be able to score in your normal range.