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Studying for the LSAT / Need advice, please
« on: November 24, 2015, 08:56:51 PM »

I think it might be best to provide some background info before asking for advice. I took the lsat twice in 2010, in February and December. First score was a 143 and the second was a 146. Terrible scores, I know. I was accepted into a non-ranked law school, experienced financial hardship while I attended, got bad grades and was academically dismissed after the third semester. I now have over $120,000+ in additional student debt. I will have to start over if I am accepted into another law school, so basically the time spent at that non-ranked law school was for nothing.

When I first started studying for the lsat in 2009, I approached it with an "undergrad mentality". Meaning that I thought I could buy lsat prep books, memorize info in those books and do well on the lsat (stupid, I know now). I did not take a timed exam for the February or December exam. I answered about half of the questions on both exams.

I decided to study for the lsat in late February 2013 (after the dismissal) with a different approach because my first approach did not work. I drilled question types for most of 2013. I started taking timed exams in 2014. I could not answer every question under timed conditions so I decided to start with a base number. In logical reasoning, for example, I could only answer 12 questions in 35 minutes. So I set a goal of 12 questions within 35 minutes. Then would increase to 13 questions the next month, 14 in the following month, etc. I set this goal for each section. I am now finishing 95% of the questions under timed conditions which I am fine with. The only questions I do not answer are the 5/6 questions in one reading comprehension passage.

I want to score a 165 or higher on the lsat. Right now I am scoring in the low 150s. I have taken preptests 29-40, 42, 44, 47, 50-68 timed. So the only exams remaining are 69-75. My plan was to take the February 2016 lsat but I do not think I will be scoring anywhere near a 165 in 2 months. There are a few reasons why I want to score a 165. First, it is doable. My blind review scores range from the mid 160s to high 160s.  I even have a few low 170 scores. Second, the thought of acquiring more debt for a law degree is scary. So I want to get a full scholarship. A 165 lsat score along with my undergrad GPA of a 3.5 can do that. Third, having an academic dismissal on record negatively impacts my appeal as a law school applicant. So I want to do as much as I can (i.e., score a 165 on the lsat) to become a more appealing applicant and also to show that I have the ability to succeed in law school.

So what would you do in my situation? I hate the idea of postponing but it appears that might be the best thing to do. One last thing to note, I work 40+ hours/week and commuted to work for almost a year in 2013 which is why my lsat progress has been slow.

Sorry for the long post.

Thank you for your time,


Studying for the LSAT / Preptest(s) help please
« on: November 23, 2010, 07:20:49 PM »
Hi  :),

I have a few questions.

Preptest 16, St 2, #11

The stimulus is as follows: When the needle of a sewing machine becomes badly worn it can ruin clothes. In traditional apparel factories, the people who operate the sewing machines also monitor needles and replace those that are worn. Industrial sewing operations are becoming increasingly automated so it would be inefficient to hire people for the sake of monitoring needles. In conclusion, there is a new device which monitors worn needles that is expected to become standard equipment in automated apparel factories of the future.

Question stem: must be true

Correct answer: the needles of industrial sewing machines wear out at unpredictable rates.

Can someone explain to me why that is the correct answer? I don't understand the logic.

Preptest # 11, St 2, # 21

The stimulus is as follows: A society that has many crimes should not be called lawless. That is an abuse of the meaning of words because "less" means "without" so "lawless" mean "without laws". A society that has no laws has no crimes because no laws would be broken. A lawless society would then be a crimeless society. In conclusion, what some people say is a lawless society should actually be called "crimeful".

Question stem: must be true

Correct answer: A society that has some crimes has some laws.

I don't understand this answer. If this question is a lesson in formal logic where "some" is the inherent inference of "many", then I guess I understand why the answer is correct. If this question is not a lesson in formal logic, then I just don't get it.

Prepest #7, St 5, # 19

Stimulus: It takes 365.25 days for the Earth to make one revolution around the Sun. A year is 365 days long with an extra day added every four years which is divided into 52 seven-day weeks. Since 52 times 7 is only 364, anniversaries do not fall on the same day of the week. In conclusion, many scheduling problems could be avoided if the last day of each year and an additional day every fourth year belonged to no week, so January 1 would be a Sunday every year.

Question stem: when the proposal above is put into effect which one of the following groups would encounter scheduling conflicts?

Correct answer: employed people whose strict religious observances require them to refrain from working every 7th day.

I don't undertsand this one at all! :(

Thank you for taking the time to read this. As always, I greatly appreciate it!  ;D

Law School Admissions / Resume Critique
« on: November 23, 2010, 06:11:58 PM »
Hi  :),

Is anyone willing to critque my resume? I would prefer to have it more applicable to law school but I'm having a difficult time doing that because I lack law experience.

Any advice/critique would be greatly appreciated! I copied and pasted my resume from Word so I apologize if it appears a little out of sorts.

*Resume removed*

Law School Admissions / When to apply?
« on: November 23, 2010, 05:54:07 PM »
Hi all  :),

I know this is probably a stupid question (which I already know the answer to) but I would like some input. I'm taking the December LSAT and the score will be available around January 10. I'm thinking that the admission committee won't view my application until late January/early February. So, my question is, when would be a good time to apply? I want to apply asap (I get paid this week so I'm planning to apply next week before December 1) but part of me is thinking that it might not matter if I apply in December or early January because the ad. com. will not be looking at my application until my LSAT score is released.

I would appreciate any input. Thank you for your time!

EDIT: I have one more question. How do I address the ad. com.? Should I use the phrase, "To whom it may concern", "Dear Admissions Committee" <-that sounds kind of lame lol. Again, any input would be greatly appreciated.

Studying for the LSAT / Preptest 13, St 1, #4
« on: October 11, 2010, 06:41:55 PM »
Hi all. :D I need your help, please.

I worked on this game for 20 minutes and didn't score horribly but could have done better (I missed two out of seven). I didn't realize this was a pattern game until I finished the last question. I applied the rules to each question and answered them accordingly but my question is, how do you establish what the pattern(s) is based on the information provided in the rules? I've provided an example below:

23.)   N O T
         S O P
         N S T
         P O T

^That is the diagram I made based on the question info and by applying the rules. I did this for every question. At the end of the game I realized that there must be an inherent pattern governing the position of each variable, so I arrived at this:

Year1: p1 p2 p3     and     p1 p2 p3    (p= position)
Year2: p4 p2 p5                p4 p2 p5
Year3: p1 p4 p3                p1 p5 p3
Year4: p5 p2 p3                p4 p2 p3
Year5: p1 p4 p5                p1 p4 p5

Are these two patterns/diagrams correct? If so, how do you create these diagrams based on the information from the rules? As I mentioned earlier, I didnít have a diagram (know of the patterns) for this game until after I completed it.

Thank you for your time,

~Michelle :)

Studying for the LSAT / Study advice needed for my situation
« on: July 19, 2010, 12:55:35 PM »
Hi everyone,

I've been studying for the LSAT for over a year (started studying back in January 09'). I own and have read through all 3 Powerscore Bibles several times. I've taken approx. 25 preptests and I my average score is a 165. I think I've grasped most of the major concepts/obstacles of the LSAT with the exception of timing. I normally go over the time limit by a minute or two, but on occasion have gone over as much as five minutes.

My question is, what can I do to improve my timing? Should I focus on a specific section (i.e. games) for a few months until I nail the time issue and move unto the next section? Or should I keep taking preptest after preptest?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time!

Law School Admissions / Reapplying to repeat schools
« on: July 19, 2010, 12:35:01 PM »

Studying for the LSAT / Preptest 31, Sect I, LG #2, 4
« on: February 02, 2010, 12:42:44 PM »
LG #2, Does anyone have insight regarding the inferences for this game?

LG #4, Would anyone mind setting up a diagram for this game, please?

Thank you.  :-[

Studying for the LSAT / Preptest help please
« on: January 08, 2010, 06:03:37 PM »
Hi everyone,

Would anyone mind helping me with these, please?

Preptest 25, June 1998, Section 2, LR 21:

If the parking policy is unpopular with the faculty, we should modify it. If it is unpopular among students, we should modify it. It is bound to be unpopular either with the faculty or students.

If the statements above are true, which of the following must also be true?

A.)   Attempt to popularize the parking policy among either the faculty or students.
B.)   Modify the parking policy only if this will not reduce its popularity among students.
C.)   Modify the parking policy if modification will not reduce its popularity with the faculty.
D.)   If the parking policy is popular among students then we should adopt a new policy.
E.)   If the parking policy is popular with the faculty, we should adopt a new policy

Correct answer E. Why, please? 

Preptest 25, June 1998, Section 3, LG 2:

Exactly 6 tourists- H, I, K, L, M, N are assigned to 4 guides: V, X, Y, Z. each tourist is assigned to exactly 1 guide, with at least one tourist assigned to each guide. V speaks only French, X speaks only Turkish and Spanish, Y speaks only French and Turkish, Z speaks only Spanish and Russian. Each tourist speaks exactly 1 of the languages spoken by his or her guide and speaks no other language.

Following rules:
At least H and I are assigned to Y.
At least L is assigned to Z
If K is assigned to X, then M speaks French.

Someone please help me with the setup/diagram for this one. Thank you.

Preptest 25, June 1998, Section 3, LG 3:

6 people- K, L, M, O, P, S plays exactly 1 of 2 sports- golf and tennis. If a sport is played by more than 1 of the 6 people, the people who play that sport are ranked in order of ability from highest to lowest, with no ties. Following conditions:

O plays tennis
L plays golf
If M plays golf, P and S play golf, P ranks lower than M and higher than S
If M plays tennis, S plays tennis, S ranks lower than O and higher than M
If P plays tennis, then K plays tennis, O ranks lower than K and higher than P.

Please help me with the setup/diagram for this also, please. Thank you.

Preptest 24, December 1997, Section 3, LR 19:

Every student who walks to school goes home for lunch. It follows that some students who have part-time jobs do not walk to school.

The conclusion of the argument follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

A.)   Some students who do not have part-time jobs go homes for lunch. (contender)
B.)   Every student who goes home for lunch has a part-time job. (loser)
C.)   Some students who do not have part-time jobs do not go home for lunch. (contender)
D.)   Some students who do not go home for lunch have part-time jobs. (contender)
E.)   Every student who goes home for lunch walks to school. (loser)

Correct answer is D. Why, please?  (I know this is a Justify the Conclusion question stem and I applied the tricks necessary to solve for this particular stem, but they didnít work  :().

Thank you for taking the time to read through all of this. I greatly appreciate it.

Studying for the LSAT / October 1996 preptest, S1, LG, #2 & #3
« on: December 09, 2009, 04:49:49 PM »
Hi everyone :),

This is my first time posting a question regarding a preptest. I would like to know how to go about setting up the two games, but I'm not sure how much information from the preptest I should mention here. I read the two 'rules' posts about posting preptest information and I'm a bit confused about posting. I've seen other posters post preptest questions so haven't they violated the rules? I'm not attempting to get anyone into trouble-I promise. I just want to make sure I don't violate any rules.
If it is alright for me to post the two questions I'll do so after I've received the go ahead.

Thank you for reading this.

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