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I had only done up to tests 37 but I have been hearing a lot about how different the newest LSATs were to tests from even a few years ago, so I decided to take the most recent one right now (timed) to see how I should focus my studying for the last four weeks. Here are my observations:

I got my best score yet (171).

I didn't think the reading comp is significantly more difficult to past tests. If anything, it was easier. There was not a passage with a densely scientific subject with ridiculous science terminology. The passages were fairly easy to understand. The questions were similarly straight-forward for the most part. I got 26/26 right. I usually miss one or two. I'm an English major so this section will always be my best.

I found that the arguments sections was definitely more difficult (though not by much) as compared to prior tests I've taken. I only got 19/25 on the first section, but I got 25/26 in the second section (I am surprised I did this well on the second section). You can tell that some of the questions are thought out extrememtly well and you have to be on your toes. I caught myself thinking a couple of times, "Damn, I can't believe I figured that one out." I was cutting it very close with time on both sections.

I thought the games section was like a Christmas present. The first game was one of the easiest I've ever encountered, the second was as simple. There were so few rules and variables to juggle that I found myself doing many of the questions in my head after the first couple. The third game was another gimme. I went through the first 3 games with 14 and a half minutes left for the fourth, and most difficult game. But having almost double the standard game time for this was all I needed to put the work and thought in to crack it (I got 5/6 on the last game and 21/22 total). This is coming from a person who found it impossible to get over 12 correct in a games section prior to having found the LGB.

Going on this limited and subjective evidence, I'd say arguments are the definite focus of the test these days, given a difficulty level in accordance with their proportion to your overall test score.

Hope this helps someone out.

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT bootcamp
« on: September 04, 2005, 10:11:17 PM »
What do you think about my plan for next Saturday?:

I plan on going to a library equipped with a timer and number two pencils. No ipod. I will be bringing 4 real LSATs (for a total of 16 sections). I'll sit down and do 5 sections in a row (just like the test day, with the "experimental section"), with only enough time in between sections to clear my head. After I finish the first five sections, I'll eat a tasty snack and perhaps grab some coffee, then sit right back down and do the next five sections. After those five sections I'll grab some lunch quickly and then do the final six sections. I will resist scoring any of these sections until I finish them all, so in addition to the extreme intellectual stress I will be putting myself under, I will also have anxiety about how well I have been doing. Ten and a half hours after I started ( 9 hours and 20 minutes of test time) I'll see how I did. After this experience I expect actual test day to be a stress-less piece of cake and this preparation to be worth at least 2 points on that day. Thoughts? Recommendations? And no, I will not be writing the essays.

I took two semesters of advanced fiction writing with a famous (in the literary world) author/ professor (think  Tom Robbins, but not him) and excelled in the courses. He liked me and my writing a lot. I know he would give me a good rec if asked, but is this too much of a wild card as a law school rec? Would his liberal reputation damage me at a, presumably, more conservative admissions dept.? Would they think I was trying to unduly influence them by sort of name-dropping, in a way? He was my favorite professor in my favorite classes, but I could see how they could possibly sense ulterior motives. Any opinions?

Hi everyone. I'm glad I found this board in time for the October test. I have a question about the relative difficulty of the LSATs compared to a few years ago. My two most recent practice tests were on tests 34 and 35 from 2001 and I got a 168 and 170 (I've been studying on and off for two years or so). I just ordered the most recent tests (39-to the present) and plan on taking them all in September. I was wondering if anyone who has worked on the newer ones and the older ones could tell me if I should expect to see any change in difficulty level in the newer tests that could correspond to a better or worse score for me. 

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