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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to study for October
« on: July 05, 2008, 10:51:52 AM »
october test be hardest ever.

haha you keep posting the same thing.

it's so funny.

you should be president.

everybody clap.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: ***Official OMG Should I Retake?? Thread
« on: July 03, 2008, 09:56:34 PM »
Let's not start 3897429847 new threads about retaking.  Keep it all here.

What was your score vs. practice average?

If you let us know, we can better answer your question. Otherwise you might as well toss a coin.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Answers to Preptest 47
« on: July 01, 2008, 11:03:57 AM »
Anyone have them?

Greatly Appreciated.


The answers are in the test booklet. You just have to flip a few pages. I know, confusing, right? Got me the first time I took a test too.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Which LSAT to take?
« on: June 30, 2008, 10:46:49 PM »
I might be wrong, but I'd think if LG is your weakness, it should be just as weak on any test.  Any amount the LG section gets "easier" should be counter-balanced by a steeper scale (assuming no other changes in the test's content).

Possibly. But remember that, for a lot of people, it is easier to improve on the modern LGs, so even though the scale might be steeper, someone who prepares can expect an increased scaled score.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Which LSAT to take?
« on: June 30, 2008, 10:00:20 PM »
I've always wondered about how they can really get the scale set up before the test. Lots of experimental sections? And some scales just seem bizarre. I took the LSAT in June last year and we had what I thought was a kind of funky scale at the top end with several 170+ scores that couldn't be produced.

On all tests being equally easy, I really don't know about that one. That's just going to depend on the test itself, not when it's administered, but as time goes on, the LSAT seems like it's getting harder. Meh though, I guess each cycle's tests only have to be more or less equal.

A lot of people actually confuse the relationship between scaled scores and the percentiles. Your percentile does not determine your scaled score. Thats why if everyone got all the questions right, everyone would receive a 180 (and not a 120!). So there's no reason the scale can't be determined beforehand. The scale is based on difficulty and LSAC knows from experimental sections what to expect.

For the June '07 LSAT, the scale was not harsh because a lot of people got high raw scores. The scale was high because LSAC data suggested that a lot of people would get high raw scores before the test was actually administered. 

As for easiness, I've heard that LG gets easier post-2004. So if LG is your weakness then the post-2004 tests are probably easier. But who knows.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Which LSAT to take?
« on: June 30, 2008, 02:35:10 AM »
I've always speculated that Feb. is easier because you have a lot of last minute/last hope test takers that probably didn't prepare well, but I have nothing to support that.

Either one is probably easier in terms of competition than June or Oct. .

Wrong. The scale is based on the past 3 administrations, not on the pool of people taking the test on that particular date. Also, LSAC determines the scale before the test is given. So the Feb. scale would most likely be based on the previous year's June/Oct/Dec test pool among other things.

Also remember that it is a standardized test. So all tests have to be equally as easy.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: JUNE LSAT + 2 weeks
« on: June 30, 2008, 02:31:22 AM »
I didn't take the test, but I'm still hoping that the 180 I will get when I do take it shows up on LSAC now so I don't have to worry as much.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Kaplan LSAT Summer Intensive Program
« on: June 30, 2008, 02:27:08 AM »

Oh....and I just love how it is assumed he/she is a guy  :-\ 

Yes, yes, yes, we should have assume he-- ahem, she-- is a girl. That would have been a much better assumption.

I say we assume he/she is a he-she in order to be more fair.

Studying for the LSAT / Redoing Logic Games a Good Strategy?
« on: June 30, 2008, 02:17:29 AM »
First a little background: I've taken a few practice LG sections, and it's clear that I need to work on them. I started out doing well accuracy-wise but would always go over the time limit. Then I worked through the LGB and gradually accuracy and time both improved.

Anyway, I completed a few mid-1990s LG sections a few days ago, and time was no longer a problem (whew!). Anyways, I did miss usually a question or two per game. So I decided to do them again today. I've found it to be enormously helpful. It's a really good way to hone down your skills, and make sure you're not making the same errors over and over again.

I hit 100% accuracy on the retakes (emphasis: retakes), and finished within the time limits. I really didn't remember a whole lot (actually, barely anything!) so I feel like I am improving, perhaps. Or maybe something inside of me just wants to believe that.

So I think it's a good strategy, especially since a Oct test is a while away. Has anybody else tried this? ???

Studying for the LSAT / Re: closed on sunday....
« on: June 29, 2008, 04:05:16 PM »
I would love to see a chart of LSAC's web traffic, I bet it ramps up exponentially every day from test administration to score release date.

Your wish shall be granted. I have listed LSAC web traffic numbers below. Traffic Trends (May 2007 - Present): Traffic Trends (Past 30 Days):

Trends in Google Searches for "LSAT" (October 2007):

Hope it helps. There definitely are jumps around key dates. Any other observations?

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