« on: October 21, 2009, 11:14:06 PM »
When I started taking practice exams I was getting in the high 150s. I bought a book that taught strategies for logic games. This improved my scores a lot. I went from getting half of the answers on the section right to missing one or two. I took 10 practice tests the week before the LSAT and averaged 173. My range of scores was 169-180. I ended up with a 171 on the real thing. I don't think any kind of class could've helped me. The guy at my table told me he'd taken 60 practice tests and was averaging in the 150s.
I believe the only thing you can do to improve your score is learn strategies for the games, but natural intelligence will put a cap on how well you can do.
From my research, the LSAT is basically an IQ test. Mensa takes anybody who scores at the 95th percentile. They talk about testing skills you've "developed" but IQ is something you're pretty much born with. We know that from cross adoption studies (people end up as smart as their biological parents, not adopted parents). There's no known way to improve it (if there was, all education problems in the country would be solved).
If what I say is true, isn't the whole prep test thing a rip off? Shouldn't they be exposed for the frauds that they are? Does anybody have evidence to suggest these things can really improve scores in a way that studying on one's own can't?