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Damn, this is scaring the crap out of me...I better take some '05 tests as well.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LGB & LRB: How did you use 'em?
« on: December 01, 2005, 03:19:32 PM »
I'm by no means a glorious knight of LSATery, but here's my take..

I don't have the LRB (?) but I have the logic games bible and I think it's better to read over it in chunks than to break it up into a few pages every night. So far, I'm around page 140 or so and the content up to this point has been such that you probably want to finish an entire section in 3-4 days . IMO, it just helps much more to be able to remember the techniques you read about when applying those techniques to the practice games at the end of the section.

And I'm taking the Feb. LSAT, so I started about 3 months before my test date. Depending on how long you're taking to study the books, I would take tests once every week or so to prevent you from getting rusty.

Do you think the two LSATs you took from 2005 were tangibly harder or could it have been that you weren't as focused/perhaps a little nervous?

Because if you were scoring on average higher than that, I'd not worry, depending on what your target it. I don't know how urgently you need to take it but it still might be a good idea to wait till feb. if it won't hurt your application process.

Also, were all of the previous LSATs you took actual, previously-administered LSATs?

Studying for the LSAT / Target low 170s--should I take a course?
« on: December 01, 2005, 04:30:28 AM »
Hey everyone...first off I just thought I'd say these boards seems a lot more encouraging and supportive than many others I've read online. For example, on the Princenton Review discussion boards it seems like the answers are always "no chance in hell," "no chance at HYP," "you're screwed," etc...but I digress.

I took two timed practice LSATs before opening a prep book and I got a 159 on both. Then, after studying from the Princeton Review book, I got a 156 on one of the PR's "simulated" LSATs in the back of the book (go figure...i think the test had a lot of ambiguities but whatever). My weakest section by far is Logic Games. Ive been studying the Logic Games Bible and doing some practice. 

Recently, took the arguments and reading comprehension sections from two practice LSATs and did quite well (not strictly timed though). On one of the tests, I got only five questions wrong total on the three sections, and on the other, fifteen wrong...Meaning, figuring in the current avg of 6-7 logic games questions I usually get wrong, I would have scored approximately a 171 and 163, respectively.

Yesterday, I took an entire LSAT without any breaks and got a 165. Timing seemed to be the main issue, as I got 6 wrong on one of the arguments section because I couldn't do 2-3 of the arguments. I also scored lower on Reading Comp. than i would have hoped.

In any case, based on an analysis I feel like I can improve hopefully as I have tons of room for improvement in terms of timing and definitely Logic Games...My questions:

A) Should I study myself (which is what I'm inclined to do...taking tons of practice tests, etc) or take a prep course. I fear that a prep course will inundate me with useless information that will further confuse the progress I've made studying over the past month or so.

B) Do I have a chance to score a 172-173, considering I have nothing else occupying me between now and February?

thanks for bearing with me in what was a very convoluted way of asking a simple question.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: how do u guys rate the Powerscore LSAT class?
« on: December 01, 2005, 04:13:00 AM »
Splitfinger, I know this is kind of irrelevant, but I just wanted to say I love your avatar! :)

Great game last night by the way.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Doing MUCH WORSE than anticipated
« on: December 01, 2005, 04:07:00 AM »
Lawgirl, I also plan on taking the February LSAT and hence am in a somewhat similar predicament as you are...but here's how I'm approaching my preparation.

First off, keep a positive attitude. As simple as it sounds, don't let yourself get overwhelmed or discouraged, because that will only work against you. For example, even if you didn't do as well as you would have liked on your first two sections, don't let that get in the way while working on the next two sections. Imagine if you were taking the real thing and you could have aced the last two sections but you were so let down by your poor performance on the first two sections that you screwed up the last two sections as well. Today, I took a practice LSAT and wasn't able to finish all four logic games of the first section. However, I went on to score a 165, which was quite good, since i didn't allow myself to be discouraged.

Also, in the larger scheme of things, you have so much time left...the way I see it, I can score high on the LSAT if I prepare wisely in the next two months. You can do the same, just find ways you can use your mistakes to improve and try to see where you're making errors most often. Also, if you don't see why your answers are wrong, perhaps find a friend who can give you another take on the questions...preferable a friend in law school if you have one. I'd ask you to post them here so we could all work through the questions together, but I just read a post saying not to post copyrighted material on here.

Ok, now away from generalities and onto specifics. I'd say the best thing you can do is to take practice tests under real conditions. I found that in high school this best prepared me for the SAT, as it gives you tons of confidence. Also, it helps you find your strengths, weaknesses, and find patterns in the questions of the LSAT. That means taking all four sections in one sitting, instead of breaking sections up.

What I'd do is space these practice tests intermittently while also going through the LGB and LRB. Perhaps take one real LSAT a week. Also, what I'm planning on doing is practicing individual sections as well as the entire test. So, since logic games are my weakness, perhaps two or three days a week I will work through an entire logic games section. I find that the biggest obstacle is timing, so perhaps start off giving yourself 40 minutes and then cutting down to the 35 minutes. However, DO TIME yourself. I can do logic games if I stare at them for an hour, but doing them under time constraints is what counts.

So, to summarize, I'd say take tons of practice tests, individual sections, and make sure to analyze all tests you take to find areas that need work. and most importantly, make sure you understand why you got questions wrong so as to not make the same mistakes in the future.

Good luck. 

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