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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Starting Logical Reasoning, LRB
« on: September 18, 2009, 10:32:37 PM »
I don't know of a mass index....

but you can use this site to go test-by-test. They don't ID exactly the same way the LRB does, but it'll give you a good idea. I use it after a preptest if I'm not entirely sure of a type of question and go back to the LRB and narrow it down a little bit. It might help with the other sections, too. (I linked to preptest can figure out how to access other ones I am sure.)

nope. once you've got grades they are yours and yours to keep. you don't get to start over. that would be sweet if you could....

that said, I've heard stories of 1L's getting the chance to repeat their 1L year at the SAME SCHOOL. but that's something you need to talk to your school about. and even if you can do that, I seriously doubt another school would accept you as a transfer once you've repeated.

you can't retake the LSAT after you have 1L grades - you have to apply to other schools as a transfer per ABA rules.

if you haven't finished your first semester, you still have that option to drop out and start all over, however. there are some rules around that that I'm a little confused on (one school told me you had to wait 3 years or you WOULD have to apply as a transfer).

consider talking to your advisor about your options.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: What motivates you?
« on: September 17, 2009, 09:01:29 PM »
I go to and build a pair of custom sunglasses that I will buy myself if I reach my target score on the LSAT. I'm usually a tight wad so $155 glasses is a big present for myself. This is my short term motivation.

I'm with ya. I support myself financially but my parents recently offered to take me shopping for some new necessities and some much needed fall clothes. I haven't had any time since then...I work 40 hours a week and study the rest of the time I have (on top of working out and finding a few hours a week for my friends). Now I'm looking forward to the satisfaction of doing well on the test and rewarding myself afterwards and going on a little shopping spree.

....& I obviously have the long term motivations: Get into a reputable school, do extremely well to get a good job, make a good career, do what I'm fully capable of in life.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 10 Days until September Test Day!
« on: September 16, 2009, 10:21:03 PM »
Just got done talking to a good friend of mine who works for LSAC and he informed me that this upcoming test is going to be one of the hardest tests in the history of the LSAT and they're going to be using some new question formats, significantly longer question stems and longer reading comprehension articles. Apparently the higher ranked schools have been putting pressure on LSAC because too many underqualified students are slipping through the cracks and the schools' employment/bar pass rates are getting dinged as a result, thereby screwing up their rankings.

Just a heads up and good luck to everyone taking the exam!

oh f* here we go, will you be the first to announce the scores are "out" too?

god, I remember June 05 (yes kids, I've been around these boards THAT long) the "SCORES ARE OUT" started almost as soon as we got home. Well, I think they started as "EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO RETAKE"...I may just take a little 2.5 week vacay (in true Elle Woods fashion) just to avoid a complete mental breakdown because of all of you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 10 Days until September Test Day!
« on: September 16, 2009, 12:47:45 PM »
After reading your recent posts I've decided you're setting yourself up for failure. You NEED to take breaks. and you need to take A break. Give yourself a day off. Or at the minimum, review general concepts for a day or two. You KNOW this stuff, but you are exhausted and forgetting the basics because you can't even think straight.

Give it a rest for a few, and come back to it fresh. Otherwise, your real score is going to be terrible.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: WOW
« on: September 15, 2009, 11:44:01 PM »
Are you missing the same type of questions, or is it a random assortment of questions? Also, are they all on the same passage, or are they throughout the section?

If it's a type, spend the next few days studying how to answer those questions. If you're scattered, try to relax. Calm down. Slow down. Focus. As far as type of passage, that's a focus issue. You could probably buy yourself some time on certain types (if you're weak on science, try to move a little faster on the other sections you're doing -0 on) and then spend another minute or two reading the passage types that throw you off.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 15 Days until T-Day!
« on: September 11, 2009, 11:52:19 PM »
If i'm not marking up a passage and forcing myself to actively read I zone out. After indicating who is arguing which point and "highlighting" key arguments in RC, my score increased by about 7 or 8 questions in the RC. Maybe getting 4 wrong total now.

In other news, I do not like games. At least, not complex grouping-dual-linear-hiding-as-a-circular-mapping game (ok, I made that up.) I am sure the LSAT god will give me games as an experimental, too. And yes, I am currently procrastinating studying said games with this message board.

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted 09/10
« on: September 10, 2009, 08:42:19 PM »
That is some crazy turnaround time on Duke. Makes me wish I had my sh*t together! Congrats   :)

Studying for the LSAT / September or December
« on: August 29, 2009, 11:11:23 PM »
I'm not new to the LSAT...scored a 154 in 2005. Long story, and I'm applying to schools again for next fall. I'm studying with powerscore's books now, and have just finished the RC and LR bibles. Taking practice sections individually, and without any attempt to further improve, I'm getting about -5 a section. I haven't even started the games, but those shouldn't be a huge problem for me.

I have nothing against either ramping it up and still taking it in September, or taking it in December. Would December hurt me in admissions in any way? My goal is 165, I'd obviously love to hit higher. It's especially crucial because I really could use some scholarship money.

Thanks :)

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