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Studying for the LSAT / Oct. 05 games?
« on: January 10, 2006, 07:36:34 AM »
I've mainly been doing practice tests from 1997-2004. Usually, I have to struggle to finish all four games in 35 minutes. Yesterday, I took the Oct. 05 test. I finished the games in 27 minutes and got all of them correct. I read on here that the games have gotten easier, but I didn't realize how much it seems to have changed. The games were much, much simpler than even the 2003 tests, and there weren't as many questions. I hope this is a trend. Should I count on a very generous games section in February, or was October a fluke? How was the December test?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: HOW LONG
« on: January 09, 2006, 03:46:59 PM »
This is exactly what I worry about- dropping 5 points or so on test day. I'm at a point with my preptests and TM diags that I'd be very, very satisfied with the score I'm getting. But I wouldn't be satisfied with five points less. To all the LSAT veterans - what's the best way to make sure you don't freeze on test day? There must be some good approaches.

Yeah. this helped alot. I am just now embarking on this journey so i really don't know that much. What are the best books to get for studying? I believe that games and reasoning are the things that i need to work on the most. Thanks for all of your advice. 

Logical Reasoning Bible

Logic Games Bible

both by (Killoran)

are all you really need aside from lots of Preptests.

LSAT SuperPrep by LSAC is also worthwhile.

One point I'd add is that a solid majority of testers report a drop of around 5 points from their (timed) diagnostic average to the real score, so prepare accordingly.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: HOW LONG
« on: January 08, 2006, 11:27:04 PM »
I started in August. But I took a pretty long break when I decided to postpone from October to February. Hopefully by the time of the LSAT, I'll have taken all of the prep tests since the mid-90s.

I don't think it's possible to overdo it. The LSAT is a damn hard test, but very learnable with practice. Even as I'm starting to see repeats of LR questions and games, I'm learning new tricks that the writers use.

Studying for the LSAT / RC- You can improve, really
« on: January 08, 2006, 08:27:50 AM »
So I've been struggling to boost my RC score for a while now. I had been kicking butt on LR and LG, mainly because I spent a ton of time studying the bibles. But, as many of us have noted, there is no magic solution for RC. So over the past two weeks I've done every RC passage available in the Testmasters books. I know the older ones, from the early 90s, are easier than the current ones, but trust me, this is the best way to practice. On my diagnostic yesterday, I only got one wrong on the entire RC section. This is down from 10 wrong a few weeks ago (mainly because I had only been getting to three passages). With enough practice, you begin to anticipate the questions even before you're done with the passage. It's definitely the least fun of the three sections, but just don't be intimidated by it. Now let's just hope I don't freeze on the exam day.

When I saw this post, I immediately looked for the contrapositive:
Have to do grouping games ----> did not slit wrists

I think I've been spending too much time with LSAT prep.

Studying for the LSAT / Will I ever use this again?
« on: January 03, 2006, 07:36:03 AM »
Like many of you, I've been living and breathing the LSAT for the past month. And it's probably all I'm going to focus on for the next month. Do any of you think that all of this studying will come in handy after we take the LSAT? Will it make us approach everyday problems more logically? Will it help us in law school? I sure hope so - this is an awful lot of work for one half-day test.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: what else to study?
« on: January 02, 2006, 10:38:09 AM »
I've found that it helps to go over every question in a practice test and study each answer choice to see what made it right or wrong. This is particularly helpful for LR. You really start to see patterns in the types of incorrect answer choices that they present.

For logic games, get a few Dell logic games magazines at your news stand. Some of them are way, way harder than anything you'll ever see on the LSAT.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore or TestMasters
« on: January 01, 2006, 06:21:58 PM »
I don't know about that. I did about a month of self-studying before starting TM, and on my first TM diagnostic, I scored a 167. I'm halfway through the course, and my score on practice exams has gradually gone up. On my last two practice tests, I got a 170 and 172. The class has forced me to focus on studying, and it's taught me some of the tricks, particularly with LR. While I've only gained 3-5 points, that makes a huge difference in admissions and scholarships.

TM is very good, but I don't think people need a course if they're already in the 160s or 170s. Getting the LG Bible and learning the strategies there is the best plan.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Testmasters Homework
« on: December 29, 2005, 08:43:49 PM »
That's been my experience, at least. I usually breeze through the first 10-15. The final 10 always seem to be more complex and nuanced. What do other people think?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Advice for February test takers
« on: December 29, 2005, 08:42:55 PM »
Is this a new change to the rules? I recently purchased the Silent Timer, specifically because of the guarantee that it's allowed on the LSAT.

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