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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Lsat- Testmasters?
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:56:42 PM »
Hi persiangirl15,

I am a Kaplan teacher, and have been for 7 years.  I can't really comment on Testmasters however, I can assure you that Kaplan uses only actual LSAT questions.  In fact, when you sign up for a Kaplan LSAT course product, you will have access to every single LSAT in multiple formats.  In your online syllabus, you will have all the tests together with all explanations.  In addition to this, we break down some tests into 35 minute sections to practice timing.  Other tests we break down right to question type in Logical Reasoning (assumption, inference, parallel reasoning, etc), game type (sequencing, matching, etc) and passage type so that you can practice mastery of different question formats by targetting them.  Since I work for Kaplan, clearly I'm biased but when choosing a prep course, you want to think about what you want.  If you like to work on your own, you can take an on-demand course with us.  If you benefit from a classroom environment, you can take an on-site class.  We also have live online classes.  Since Kaplan is the biggest (and oldest) test prep company, we are able to devote tremendous resources towards deconstructing the test, and creating a course based on sound pedagogical principles.

Good luck with your LSAT journey!

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LSAT horror stories / Re: New to the board
« on: December 15, 2011, 11:28:03 AM »
Hi Segliv!

Sounds like you've had a long, arduous journey prepping for this test.  I note that you took a course and scored 15 pts higher than the first time you wrote it.  I know 148 is not your score goal.  But I suggest that that you were able to improve that much proves a) that the test is learnable; and b) that YOU can learn it.

That's a good starting point.  Next, if you want to nail this test, you have to understand it for what it is: a test of skill.  People may or may not be naturally adept at any given skill, true.  Regardless, any given skill can be practiced, cultivated, mastered.  And since the LSAT is a test of skill, it is so important to have a positive attitude and a clear mindset. 

I see that you've already recognized that this time around, you need to do a more thorough job of reviewing your wrong answers.  That`s great.  One of the biggest mistakes I see students make is practicing a ton but not really self-reflecting on their reasoning process.  You've gotta think about your habits.  HOW are you answering the questions? For example, in logical reasoning, do you understand each question type, what skill(s) the test-maker is trying to  test with each question type, and then know how to use those skills?  Do you go into the answer choices with a strong sense of what the right answer should look like?  Or, do  you rush to the choices, maybe even thinking that they will help you out in understanding the argument?  While prepping, you want to react to your mistakes positively, being future-oriented, figuring out the nature of the mistake and how it can be avoided NEXT time out.

To get big changes in score, we need big changes in habits.  We need to change the WAY we do the test.  What goes along with that is knowing the test: the question types, the skills any question is trying to test, whether it be analysis of an argument, a chain of conditional reasoning, the ability to infer a viewpoint or draw an inference from a set of facts, etc.

Whichever way you prep, be sure to be active in your prep process, think hard about your reasoning process and habits and the design of the test, and trust yourself. :)

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