« on: September 19, 2006, 12:22:02 PM »
I took a Powerscore Weekend class this past weekend, and found it generally pretty helpful, as a good review/reinforcement two weeks before the LSAT. One useful thing they gave us was a handout that had a list of things someone hoping to score 170+ should never say, which I'm including (in my own words, to avoid copyright issues)
1. “I can't wait for the LSAT to be over with.” - instead, phrase it in positive terms and say “I’m ready for this test, and wish I could take it as soon as possible.”
2. “I’ll never score as high on the real test as I did on my last diagnostic.” You've done the work on comparable prep tests and with each one increawsed your knowledge of the LSAT. There's no reason your actual test score will not fall in the same range.
3. “This is my only shot - I can't screw up.” You can cancel, retake, etc., and most schools take the highests score now - do not stress yourself out to the point you can't think straight.
4. “If I don’t do well now, I'll retake.” To play devil's advocate, don't go in thinking you'll just retake if you don't like your score. Go in ready to do the best you've ever done, and only think of cancelling/retaking if things go wrong.
5. “I hate the LSAT and the evil drones who make it.” Think of it as a game you can beat, not an insurmountable challenge. It's like hating math because you don't understand it - once you "get" it, homework becomes enjoyable and pop quizzes less stressful - same with the LSAT.
6. “I'm just not good at the Logic Games.” Many, many people are initially bad at games, mostly because they've never seen anything like that in their life. Spend a few days doing games in succession and going over your mistakes. Watch somone who's good at games solve them in front of you. As a last resort, hire a tutor! Practicing will make this section easier, but you have to know where you're going wrong. Also, remember that there is an actual right answer to every question on Logic Games, and once you find it, you don't have to keep looking at other choices. It's the only non-subjective part of the test.
7. “If I just get a 165, I'd be happy (or anything below a perfect score).” Don't stop once you reach your target practice average. If you're mising any questions, you have a weak area, and you never know if the actual test will have more questions featuring your weakness than your practice tests. If there's room to improve, keep going! It's always better to have a score that is higher than what's needed for your schools, not the other way around.
To sum up, expectations often become reality, and you're more likely to do well if you expect to do well. If you're driving on the road looking at the ditch, you will most likely drive straight into the ditch. Keep your eyes on where you want to go, not where you don't want to end up. You've done the work, you have the ability to do well. See the LSAT as your chance to prove it.
Anyway, maybe this will help someone!