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My diag. was 149. A month later I got 161, 2 weeks later 157, and today (3 weeks later) 161 again. Games section is dragging me down. I thought I was improving in practice - I was getting everything right, and usually under 11 minutes. But today I got an 11 on games, which is what I got on my other test when I got a 161. A freaking 11! That is so bad! I was hoping for at least a 15, which I know is also pathetic but not as pathetic as 11. I was struggling with a couple of questions and I think it made that game take up too much time. What does everyone else do, if you are stumped by a question - how long do you give yourself before you guess and move on, 2 minutes? I was thinking about one question for probably about 3-4 minutes, way too long. But I kept thinking I had invested the time in the rest of the game so I should try to figure it out.

I think I am going to resign myself to the fact that I will get only 11 on games. So I should study up on RC and Args to make sure I get over 20 on those sections. All I need to get is low 160's to get in where I want to go, so I am not too far off. It just PISSES me off that no matter what I do, I only score 11 on games. I have done the games bible and about 3 other games books. I tried doing timed sections, timing a game at a time in practice, untimed, I've tried everything. All it takes is one difficult question and then I have no time for the rest of the stuff. There is a Powerscore couse I could sign up for but I just don't see paying $1200 to get maybe 5 more points. And if I still got an 11 after that, well then I'd REALLY be pissed!

My plan was to do a timed test every week from now till the June LSAT, and spend the rest of the week analyzing what I did wrong. I guess I will stick to the plan. Maybe I just need to do more games in the context of a full exam and not just timed sections or timed individual games. All I know is, after the June LSAT I will never do another of these freaking games again. I can't stand putting so much time into such a useless skill. And I also can't stand putting so much time into something and NOT improving!

I'll see what I get on my test next Saturday before I make any changes to my plan.
This test sucks.



 

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On the writing sample, that is. Are there just some schizo proctors or are you not supposed to erase? I'll be in trouble. I type just about everything except a list if I go to a store or something.

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Studying for the LSAT / What do you think of this study plan for June?
« on: February 07, 2006, 07:30:31 PM »
I'm almost through with LRB and finished LGB. Just finished Nova's Master the LSAT - I only did the reading comp. section since everyone else says LRB and LGB are better and I've already done those.  I took a diagnostic before any of the studying, then 2 more tests about a month after the diag. and then 2 weeks later: 149, 161, 157.  From now on, since I know the basics, the question types, game types, etc., shouldn't I now focus on speed? I am pretty accurate but very slow on games, and I ALMOST finish LR and RC sections in the 35 min. I was thinking that now I should just count how many weeks I have till June LSAT, count how many tests I have, and set up a schedule and just keep taking a test a week (timed), and during the week correct my mistakes. I mean, what else is there to do?

I am taking a free Kaplan practice test on 2/18. Hopefully I will get 160+.  All I need is low 160's. 163 would be great.

I normally only have 2 hours a night to study, 8-10pm, and I am very tired at that point so I usually can't do RC then. My husband says he can come home by 6pm once a week to let me out (I watch the 4 kids during the day) for 3  hours at the library; and I can go once on a Sat. or Sun. afternoon for 3 hours. I'm thinking I should take a test during one of the 3-hour stints, and spend the 1-2 hours per night to review my mistakes.

If I want to increase speed and stamina to be able to handle the long test, I think just taking all the tests under timed conditions is the best thing for me now.

Any thoughts?
Candice

Oh yeah, and I have been avoiding the formal logic chapter in LRB; I guess I should work through that too. It's so long and tedious though...

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Studying for the LSAT / I wish I were taking the LSAT today!
« on: February 04, 2006, 11:44:34 AM »
I'm not ready by any means, so I guess it's good I'm taking it in June. But just think - it would be ALL OVER!

Candice

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Studying for the LSAT / Need tips to improve speed on RC!
« on: February 02, 2006, 02:18:45 PM »
I am at the point where in the 35 minutes, I can usually get all of the questions I attempt correct. The problem is, I can only get to 3 of the passages so I am purely guessing (D) on all of those questions. It's really killing my score. How do you get yourself to read faster without losing the accuracy?

Candice
PS I'm taking the test in June so I have time to try different strategies at this point.

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My UGPA is 3.3, from UConn.  I did get my MBA from UConn as well, and I got a 3.8 in that, but I guess they don't care about graduate work?

 I have heard the evening program is easier to get into than the daytime program.

 This is the only school it is feasible for me to go to (the 2 others near me are 30-40 min. away and twice as expensive as UConn which is only 10 minutes away) so if I don't get in there, I just can't go to lawschool.

 I know one answer is just study hard and get the best LSAT score I can, but I have limits on when and how much I can study (hence my other post from tonight) - I have 4 young kids I watch all day and no study time. My diagnostic was a 149. Then I got a 161, then a 157. Do you think I can get in with a 160? I think a 160 is doable for me. Maybe even 163 after my Powerscore course. But 165 is pushing it and anything above that I just don't think is doable. 

 I get frustrated because I am asking myelf to score well without being able to prepare well. I'm taking it in June to apply for Fall '07.

Candice


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I have been trying to study every night from 8 to 10 pm. But I don't think it's working for me.

I just took a timed LR section and got WAY lower than I have ever gotten before. I have never gotten below a 20 and usually only get like 2 or 3 wrong in the section and those are the ones I didn't have time to get to. I just scored an 11! I think/hope it's because I'm so tired. I was having to read, re-read, and re-re-read the stimuli. And then some of the answer choices were too longish looking and I was glazing over everything, and going really slowly. I could not for the life of me get my brain to focus but I forced myself to go the whole 35 minutes because, what if this happens on the real test? I'd have to keep on going. It was pure torture.

 I was up at 5:50 am with my 4 kids, got my first grader off to school and spent the rest of the day with my 2.5 yr old twins and their older sister who is 5, until I put them all to bed at 7:30. I did not get a chance to sit down and study until 8pm. Took the timed section at 9:15pm. Please tell me this is the reason I only got 11 right !

 My husband says he will try to get home earlier 2 nights a week so I can study at the library from 6 to 9, maybe that will help. And some more daytime studying on the weekends I guess. 8 to 10 pm is not a good time for me.

Any other non-trads have this problem?

Candice

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I'm slowing down my studying a little bit because I'm taking in June, and I'm afraid of getting burned out and also exhausting my supply of real LSAT questions to practice with. I still have to work my way through the second half of LRB  :P , and I want to really practice up for RC since it is my strength and I've heard the recent tests are making RC harder. Games, I totally suck at and I am at the point where I'm going to hurl if I so much as see another game. So I'm going to take a break from those hateful things for a bit.

Anywho, I was surfing around and found Nova's site and I see they offer a relatively cheap online course. I am taking the full-length Powerscore course before the June test, but just to keep me busy, does anyone think this Nova one would be worth it?

Candice

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My almost-cold diagnostic was a 149, just before Christmas.  I was not happy at all. My second test about 2 weeks ago was 161. I was extremely pleased with myself. Tonight I just got a 157. Displeased with myself again. And I will have no peace of mind until I get another 160.

But I have learned something. Stop studying the games. All I have done is games,games,games, every night of the week for 2 hours, and I am sick and tired of it. On my diagnostic I got a 10 on games. Test #2 I got 11. Tonight I got 13 (with some really lucky guesses). So the studying is not paying off! 3 measly points? Part of the problem is I only have 2 hours a night to study - 8pm to 10pm after watching 4 young kids all day. I tried getting up at 5 to study, but when I get up at 5 all the kids hear me and get up and interrupt me. Also, then I am too tired the next night to study. And if I am not in bed by 10:30 I am too tired the next day since the kids wake me up before 6. To master these games I think i would need to do like 3 hours a night for a month. The 2 hours just doesn't cut it; also I have not studied Arguments or RC since my last practice test because I haven't had time due to spending all the time on the games. I did worse tonight on both Args and RC than I did on my last test.

I think I will lay off the games for a couple of weeks, and just focus on RC and Args. 
So now every time I take a practice test, this will determine my mood until the next practice test?  ???

Candice
Candice

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I know powerscore says not to read the questions first, but I am really at a plateau with RC (almost always get one wrong and takes 12 minutes per passage). So I thought I'd try something different tonight. Before reading the passage, I read each question and immediately go to the passage and underline or circle the subject matter from the question, or a particular word mentioned in the question that I can find easily in the passage. For example, I scanned the passage for the word "Crustacean Crisis" - a proper noun does not take long to find in a passage. I did that for each question except the main point one, which you just have to read the passage to get anyway, and for some other convoluded one, which I figured I'd get to last. Unfortunately I forgot to set my timer! But I set it at what I estimated to be about 2 minutes in. So...I finished in 11 minutes(estimate) and got 7 out of 7 correct.

I'm thinking that when I read the passage I will pay more attention to the places where I have marked in pencil. Powerscore says it's too hard to juggle the memory of the questions combined with assimilating the passage material. But if I mark the question "spots" in the passage, I don't have to try to remember them.

I'll have to try this repeatedly to see if it helps me any. And remember to set my freakin timer. 

One drawback was that when I did start to read the passage for real, I was trying to go too fast and then the main point question was kind of hard.

Let me know what you think.
I'm going to have a glass of wine now.

Candice

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