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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Testmasters Homework
« on: December 29, 2005, 03:32:01 PM »
It seems to me like they put some of the higher-numbered questions toward the end of each section. In the second half of the LRs, you typically see alot more that were from the 20s (you can see this in the lists at the back of each book). Typically, the higher-numbered LR questions are harder.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: A couple of questions
« on: December 28, 2005, 09:32:22 AM »
Take Testmasters or Powerscore. Those are the best national test prep companies, and their methods are very, very similar. I'm taking a full-length course, even though I do a lot of self-prep as well. My theory is, I'm willing to pay $1,200 just for the chance of scoring a few points higher. That could be the difference between no money and a large scholarship. It also could be the difference between GW and GULC. Assuming you go to class, you're forced to spend 80 hours concentrating on nothing but LSAT strategies. At the very least, it won't hurt you. Think about it this way - you're taking a curved test with thousands of other people, and many of them will have the advantage of having taken a prep class. Why go up against them without the same adavantage?

And yes, I believe it is possible to raise your score to a 175-180 with enough preparation. That's not the case with the GRE, which tests knowledge such as vocabulary and math. The LSAT requires no outside knowledge - just the ability to take the test.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: FEB LSAT takers....Diagnostic score v. Goal?
« on: December 27, 2005, 04:11:18 PM »
First diagnostic score, about six weeks ago, was 159. Since then I've spent an hour or two studying each day, in addition to the full-length course. I'd study more, but I work full-time. I've taken seven five-section practice tests since then, and I've ranged from 161 to 171. I've mastered the LR section and LG section, but I just keep stumbling on RC. I'll be thrilled if I get a 171 on the actual test, but I know that my test-day jitters will cause my score to drop a few points. So I'm aiming to get my practice averages around 174. Let's all pray for easy reading passages.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: DC-area testing centers
« on: December 27, 2005, 03:56:15 PM »
That sounds awful. Did they reschedule the exam for your group?

I took it at George Mason and the power went out.  Worst testing conditions ever...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: i hate RC
« on: December 27, 2005, 12:13:21 PM »
Yeah. RC is always the determining factor in my practice test scores. I consistently get one or two wrong in each LR and LG section - up from 4-6 wrong/section a month ago. With enough practice, I think it's possible to ace the LR and LG sections - only a limited number of formulas, you just have to get used to them. RC is just brutal. I get anywhere from 2-10 wrong per RC section! So it's going to be the difference between a 160 and 170 for me. I have found that I do best on RC if I've gotten at least eight hours of sleep and had some exercise in the morning. It's all about focus for me, and if I'm the least bit groggy, I can't concentrate on passages about the role of women in 14th century English law or the mechanisms that allow plant cells to fuse. Those LSAT writers are tricky folks.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: DC-area testing centers
« on: December 27, 2005, 07:39:37 AM »
Thanks. How early did everyone get there? I have to switch metro lines to get there, so I wouldn't get into Van Ness until 8 a.m. And the ticket says 8:30 a.m. I think it should be fine, but I just wanted to make sure that I won't have to rush to get there in time.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: DC-area testing centers
« on: December 26, 2005, 09:57:43 PM »
Anyone have any suggestions????

Studying for the LSAT / February LSAT takers applying for fall 2007
« on: December 19, 2005, 01:12:44 PM »
We have less than a month and a half left to study. Not really crunch time, but the holidays sure take away a good chunk of time that could be spent studying. Is anyone else tempted to put it off until June? I'm still leaning toward February, because it will be nice to have it out of the way early. But an extra four months of studying is tempting.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Obsessing About Easy Tests or Hard Tests
« on: December 14, 2005, 11:30:41 AM »
I've been curious about whether the test date makes a difference. If you're standardized against all the other test-takers, then aren't you at a disadvantage taking it in, say, June, when the most competitive students are likely to take it? Would taking it in February be more advantageous?

Studying for the LSAT / Question for former TM students
« on: December 14, 2005, 06:34:01 AM »
How much of the homework did you do? I've been doing about half of the LR and RC problems and all of the logic games. That's about all I've had time for. It starts to get repetitive, because they group similar LR questions together, and they give 70-80 per homework. I'm wondering if you found more value in spending your time doing timed practice tests than doing all of the homework. Thanks.

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