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I'm trying to figure out a good study plan for the June LSAT. I took the test in February, and bombed it, even though I was scoring in the 165-173 range in all my practice tests. I think it was nerves.

I know that I need to be taking lots and lots of practice tests, but I don't know when I should start taking these again, etc.

I'd appreciate hearing other people's study plans for their second round of LSAT prep, so I can get ideas for mine.

Sorry if this has already been discussed!
Thanks!

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Studying for the LSAT / should I take a class again?
« on: February 25, 2006, 11:11:26 AM »
I took a Testmasters class in the Fall of last year, and then spent two months doing practice tests on my own and my score jumped about 20 points from my first diag to the practice tests I was taking in the weeks before the real thing.
I'm planning on re-taking the test in June, since I seem to have bombed the Feb test, and I'm thinking about taking the testmasters class again. This will give me tons of questions to practice with, and also opportunities to ask teachers for clarification when I don't understand things, etc. It would also mean that I prepare for three months before the test.
For those who've taken it twice, do you think this is a good idea? how long did you study for before the second test? I don't want to burn out, but I also don't want to feel unprepared.

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Studying for the LSAT / deadline for hand scoring?
« on: February 25, 2006, 10:45:59 AM »
Does anyone know if I can still request to have my test hand scored, and if so, how I go about doing this? I couldn't find information on this on the lsac website. I wasn't sure if it was too late to have your test hand scored once the scores are out.
Thanks

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Studying for the LSAT / Question for people who've taken it twice
« on: February 24, 2006, 05:03:55 PM »
On all the practice tests that I took in the month prior to the real thing, I was consistently scoring 167-172. After taking the test on 02/04, I knew that I hadn't done terribly well because I was very nervous and I could tell that it had affected my performance. However, I just got my score, and it's a 157, which is MUCH lower than I was expecting.
Is it common for your score to improve a lot the second time you take it? Have other people had the experience getting a score so much lower than your practice tests, and do you have any advice for me?
Finally, does anyone have any advice or suggestions on how to stay calm, and not minimalize the effect your stress and anxiety has on your performance?
I'd really appreciate hearing back - I'm really upset about my score, and want to know whether it's worth trying to take it again.
Thanks.

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Minority Topics / should I check the 'other' box?
« on: February 21, 2006, 05:02:33 PM »
I'm a little unsure of whether I should be checking the 'other' box under race/ethnicity. I am a white African - I'm half Mauritian and half South African. My mother's family arrived in South Africa from Britain in the early 1700s and my dad's family arrived in Mauritius from France in 1711. I grew up in Mauritius, and came to the US for undergrad in 2001.
So I'm white, but I'm also African. I don't feel that checking the caucasian/white box adequately represents my background. I'd appreciate any thoughts and/or suggestions. Thanks!

Also, does anyone have any information on international student applicants, and how this effects an application?

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