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LSAT horror stories / Re: LSAT Horror Story
« on: February 10, 2004, 10:15:21 AM »
I myself only got about six hours of sleep  -- I didn't feel well rested.   Some people require less sleep, some more.   Well, anyways, I went to bed at around 10, but couldn't fall asleep until one.   I almost freaked because I'm usually out like a light.   So, I then took my wife's recommendation to take a benadryl (OTC Cough/Sinus Medicine).   Knocked me right out.   Greg, you sound like a smart guy.   I think you'll fare better on the June afternoon test.   I think you'll be in the zone next time.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb 7 LSAT
« on: February 09, 2004, 12:02:03 PM »
Yeah, what was I thinking?....68 will never be a 175.  That guys just bustin' our balls.   I do think, however, that in the book,  10 more, actual LSAT Tests, once a 95 qualified as a 180.   You know, it would be nice if we could talk to actual test makers here (i.e. if we only had some insider tips here).
Who here has connections?

As far as methods employed in the preparation of my test, I used Cracking the LSAT, and the (2) 10 Actual books direct from LSAC.  I studied for three weeks, mostly on weekends since I have a son and work full-time.    Also, I read the 180 book by Kaplan.   They all seemed fine --- but nothing will prepare you for the real thing.    ADVICE:   Take some time off to rest, don't go drinking 2 or even 3 nites before the test, and make sure you get some sleep. And if anybody has the flu, cold, or even a sore throat -- don't go near em!    Anybody tries to break your confidence, ignore it. 

Also, when you're taking these "practice tests" do it the right way: 5 minute breaks and only a TEN minute midbreak half way through.   Have someone time you, and make sure they cough once or twice through it to add realism.  AND JUST FOR FUN -- throw in an extra, unscored test.   None of the other self-test guides do this -- but it's done on the real thing, so why shouldn't we   After all, the test, among other things, is designed to measure ENDURANCE -- how well do you think when you're tired and nervous.   Lots of us could do well on these things, if we only had enough time.   

I used a silent timer, that way I knew how I was managing time, and didn't have to look up at the clock, but felt on the real thing that I was rushing, and often finished the sections with 3-4 minutes left on the clock.   For me, it's hard to go back and change answers.   I just kinda sat there and hoped I didn't make too many stupid mistakes.   Also, maybe it was the cold I had, but I felt way more drained on the real thing then on those stupid practice tests.

Looking at comments made at this site, some people claim Kaplan test prep services do not pan out, yet it is interesting that I haven't seen anybody knock the Princeton Review Crew.  (Am I wrong in my assesment?)  Kinda like, how come you don't hear any jokes about father-in-laws?

Here's an analogy from my limited experience:  My sister's MCAT experience.  The MCAT is kinda like the LSAT, but for med students, and it's only 7 hours long instead of 4-1/2.   So anyways, she took it once, did poorly, took it again after taking KAPLAN review, also did poorly, and finally a third time, after taking P.R..  The last time she did well enough that she's now in Med School.     So maybe Princeton Review is better...OR,  maybe some people just have good and bad days.    And then, what works for some may not work for all.   You decide.   Life is full of ambiguity, and so is the LSAT.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb 7 LSAT
« on: February 08, 2004, 10:18:10 PM »
Well..it appears the computers/birds/pencils/housing section was the real McCoy.  LSAC folks are just trying to weed us out...the LSAT has about as much to do with the practice of law as watching Law and Order, or eating a fruitcake for that matter.   According to one LSAT prep site, in the past eight years, the experimental section has always been either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd -- 55% of the time it's the third section.   Had I known that, I might have realized that the fourth section was genuine and indeed, tried much harder.  The fourth one, since it appeared exceptionally difficult -- c'mon no freaking room for diagrams -- I was sure it had to be fake.   And don't tell me everybody thought the rest of the test was cake -- I don't think it was, and I was scoring 162 on practice tests!  I guess the LSAT rewards those that can adapt well.  Has this strategy ever been used before???  I spent like fourteen minutes on that stupid first section.

The only reason I'm not going to cancel is because this last guy says top score will be 68 -- WHERE ARE YOU BASING THIS ON??? OR ARE YOU JUST TRYING TO MAKE US FEEL BETTER?? Now, I'm sure some people scored well, that's just how some people are.   Some freak obviously will get 101 right.   What does that mean for the rest of us, mediocre testers?  Talk to me goose (or geese).

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