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How are you supporting them now, and why can't you do that another year?
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That's the thing I'm not.........they are currently supporting me while I prepare for the LSAT. Sure I could go to work and take another year to prepare but my goal is to get in next year. I have nothing but time to prepare right now so it just feels right to pursue it now.

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I definitely can't wait another year. I'm getting too old. It's now or never for me. I already got accepted to grad school but I deferred my admission because I just couldn't live with myself without at least trying to get into law school.

That's also why I'm afraid to reschedule because it scares me to just have one shot at this thing in December.

Oh please.  One year isn't going to make that much of a difference in the span of your legal career, I don't care what your age is.  More importantly, restricting yourself to this idea that December is your "one shot" is not going do you any good, because the fear of failure will be hanging over your head.  If you really want to be a lawyer, you'll do what it takes to achieve that goal, and if that means studying an extra year, so what?

Yes I agree but I have a family to support so it's not all about me and what I want.

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And if you're worried about a late application, just apply next year. 
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I definitely can't wait another year. I'm getting too old. It's now or never for me. I already got accepted to grad school but I deferred my admission because I just couldn't live with myself without at least trying to get into law school.

That's also why I'm afraid to reschedule because it scares me to just have one shot at this thing in December.

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just because you increased 5 points from one test to another in under one week you cannot presume the trend will keep doubling, this is what we call FLAWED REASONING which is a very crtical part of the logical reasoning section of the LSAT.

Here's the deal, you seem to be just starting out, these prep courses are designed to "cram" as much poo into your head before the test as possible, realistically, unless you are Good Will Hunting, you need up to 200 hours of study time to prepare. You are so concerned with what you are scoring now but to be honest that doesnt matter. You need to learn the material and understand the basics.

"one cannot learn how to swing a sword, until he learns how a sword is made." So follow this sage advice before "running into battle" and taking practice tests. LEARN the foundation first then attack the questions.

Thank you. Yeah I agree with what everybody is recommending here. I'm just hesitant to reschedule because I'd really like to get my applications in early. Granted it doesn't look like my score is going to dramatically improve in the next three weeks. But my instructor recommended that I not reschedule at this point. He said that if I'm not hitting in the 150 range in the week prior to the test to just show up and take the test and cancel my score.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 136 diagnostic....Help
« on: August 30, 2009, 12:15:53 AM »
just stick with me buddy you'll be fine. I'm currently hitting at 141  ;D

Remember you talked me out of grad school and $1200 to enroll in this super power score course lol But right now we are pretty f$$$in powerless so grab your power bibles lol and keep it moving.

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If you're consistently scoring 10 points then you want to, then yes-why would you take the test? Most people go down when they take the test for real...your score probably won't magically improve. Why would you want to have a lower score on your record instead of just taking it when you are prepared.

But my original point was that maybe you can change the way you are studying and get to the point where you are consistently scoring higher, and then maybe you could take the test.

Thanks. I really appreciate your advice. This is a whole nother level from undergrad :) It just seems like a month would be plenty of time to prepare and get an average score. Apparently not the case in this LSAT world. :)

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Yeah I realize it's going to take time to bring my score up. But does it really hurt me to give it a shot in September?

Yes.

lol...ok. I guess I understand. It's just frustrating because I've been studying and putting in about 30-40 hours per week (outside of the course). I just figured after putting out $1200 to take the course and investing a reasonable amount of time to study the material, I would be in a better position.

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The type of instant gratification score-wise thing that you're looking for isn't going to help you improve your overall score.

Yeah I realize it's going to take time to bring my score up. But does it really hurt me to give it a shot in September?


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15 points in a month is a tall order.  Make sure you're hitting in that range on your last few preptests, or consider postponing your test.

Speed comes with practice, but it is also partially under your control.  If you're leaving 7-8 questions at the end, but getting the rest of them right, you're going too slow and need to do whatever it takes to finish.  If you're missing a lot of those, however, it may not be time to push the speed issue.  Try my calculator to determine whether you need to make a speed adjustment based on your current results.

Last Saturday I scored a 141. I took a test on my own during the week and got a 140. Today I took my third test of the course and once again scored a 141. So it seems unlikely that I will score in my target range (150-155) by the end of September. My goal is to get accepted to Howard Law School for the fall of 2010. If I can't get in for the fall of 2010 I plan to attend grad school. So the way I see it I have two shots at the LSAT; one in September and one in December.

Most people in the know about the LSAT recommend that I wait until December. But wouldn't it benefit me in some way to at least take the September LSAT and just cancel my score if I suspect I did't score well? At the very least, I could save the $66 fee it costs to reschedule! :)

Also, even if I don't cancel and end up with a low score, I'll still have December to retake the test. So does it look that bad if say for example, I get a 145 in September and a 155 in December?


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Thanks everyone. It may be that I'm just gonna have to wait until December. The instructor in my course suggested that I not take the September LSAT unless I score at least a 150 on my final test. He also suggested that I start taking a test every other day between now and the end of the course. I'm still very early in my prep (I've only taken two tests thus far) so I'm hoping to see some improvement.

One thing I noticed from my most recent test is that I chose the wrong answer on about 10 questions after narrowing it down to two choices. So I'm hoping after I review those types of questions where I strongly considered the correct answer choice; I will make fewer mistakes next time.

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