« on: September 17, 2008, 05:04:57 PM »
The logic behind this may or may not actually be sound, but I've been trying to take my PTs under the worst kinds of conditions in order prepare myself for the distractions of test day. I figure it might have two possible benefits: 1) it'll make the things like page-turning, coughing, sighs/gasps, erasing, etc. less distracting if I'm used to much worse, 2) everyone says that you should expect a mild drop in your actual score because of test day anxiety, so maybe these conditions will actually account for this drop and the PT scores will more accurately reflect what my actual score will be.
One of the recent PTs was taken on an outdoor table at a Coffee Bean on the corner of a major intersection here in LA. Another was taken in a busy park on a Sunday afternoon while there was a soccer game going on. The rest were taken at the public library near my apartment in the childrens section with a bunch of loud demon spawn running around.
Whether or not this will actually work, it got me thinking...what if you were given the option of taking the LSAT given under harsh conditions and having your test scored compared to others who did the same? There could be tests administered outside in the snow, in the middle of a NASCAR track during a race, inside of a monkey cage at the zoo...the possibilities are endless!
So, if you were given the option, which conditions would you choose as a good balance between maintaining a high score for yourself and something that you think would most adversely affect the other test takers?