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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Science RC Passages!!!
« on: June 29, 2006, 09:55:21 AM »
I work in pharmaceutical marketing, but find I do better when I pretend I have no knowledge of science or medicine when approaching any science RC passages or arguments.

I've found the science passages to be the easiest--since the developers know that the testtakers are going to be intimidated by the vocabulary, they will often waste unnecessary time reading the entire passage and trying to understand the meaning. The RC questions test your ability to read carefully, not your knowledge of science, and they are mostly comprised of detail questions, not inference questions (ie, ask you to refer to line 'xx' or ask questions about very specific information in the passage vs asking you to draw a conclusion or make an assumption). Once you know that almost all of the answers can be found right in the passage (often verbatim), it should help you cross the mental hurdle.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Cannot open item response sheet through lsac
« on: December 23, 2005, 04:48:58 PM »
Try this:

On your Internet Explorer Browser, go to:

Tools --->> Internet Options --->> Advanced --->
[UNCHECK the box] Do not save encrypted pages to disk.

Click Apply.
Click OK

Hope this helps.

I just did this and it worked; thanks a lot.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Unable to Download Test Documents?
« on: December 23, 2005, 01:19:00 PM »
Sorry, just realized this topic was posted as I was typing this.

Studying for the LSAT / Unable to Download Test Documents?
« on: December 23, 2005, 01:16:14 PM »
I received my score five hours ago and I'm still unable to download my Answer Sheet and Item Response Report. I can download the entire test, however. Anyone else having this problem, and will I have to wait until Wednesday (per the pre-recorded message on the LSAC tech support number) to get it resolved?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Which day will we get our scores?
« on: December 19, 2005, 07:06:00 AM »
Friday. From what I've been told they like to hand out scores right before a weekend. That way their offices are closed while everyone freaks out about their scores. Their assumption is that a number of people that initially freak out calm down over the weekend and don't bother getting in touch that following Monday.

Do you think this means the scores will come later in the afternoon, ie, what's a reasonable time to start refreshing my browser every five minutes?  :)

I'm new to this board (just discovered it today), but hope my neophyte status won't invalidate my opinion! :)

A little bit about me: I'm African American and both of my parents are working class (neither attended college). I attended a high school in coastal Georgia where more than 70% of the student body received free lunch. The academic experience was not particularly rigorous and the average SAT score was in the 800s (less than 50% of the senior class attended college). I have never had stellar performances on standardized tests, but scored slightly above the 25th percentile for the college I attended (a top 10 university). Despite being admitted with a "low" SAT score, I was one of two African American students who graduated magna cum laude in my class. I consider myself a prime example of why affirmative action policies are necessary (ie, I was a "borderline" candidate and probably would not have been admitted in the general applicant pool if I wasn't an URM) and good.

My personal experience with Kaplan and the PowerScore Weekend Course validates your hypothesis; namely, if I didn't have the financial resources to enroll in the courses, I don't think I would have been able to intuit the strategies that I learned and applied to increase my score (+10-13 point improvements from baseline). In retrospect, I wish my parents had the financial resources for me to have taken a prep course when I was applying to college; a higher score probably would have made me eligible for additional scholarship opportunities and less undergraduate debt! ;)

I'm five years removed from college and currently work full-time. My industry is very fast-paced and requires long hours and frequent travel. I attribute the improvements in my LSAT score to the fact that I was introduced to the principles of the exam in a classroom setting (I have an equally audio/visual learning style, so am able to retain information better if it's reinforced to me by another person rather than reading it alone) and, more importantly, the timed practice tests that simulate the actual test-taking environment in a way I cannot recreate at home. I attended several sessions with other classes solely to take additional practice tests, and it wasn't until the sixth or seventh test that I started seeing incremental improvements in my score.

I think any reasonably intelligent person, given enough time, could perform well on the LSAT. Unfortunately, the test is not designed to measure basic intelligence and unless/until admissions criteria are altered dramatically, we are all required to fulfill this requirement for admission. Although my LSAT score is unlikely to be in the median for the schools I'm applying to, I nonetheless feel confident that I will score well enough to be admitted to some very competitive programs (what you guys call T14 schools?). I regret that the cost of commericial prep courses may be prohibitive to financially disadvantaged students (minority or otherwise), and that the financial aid that is available is extremely restrictive and limited. It's something that we as future African American lawyers who have benefited from these courses should remember and, if we have the means, subsidize in the future.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: POST-MORTEM December '05 - Experimental
« on: December 04, 2005, 04:16:24 PM »
PowerScore is reporting that Section 3 is the experimental one for the December test, too:

Studying for the LSAT / Re: I was hoping I wouldn't have to post here
« on: December 04, 2005, 12:56:06 PM »
But unfortunately I have a horror story. :'(
When I was taking the LSAT today someone's cell phone alarm went off for about a minute.  The proctor kept yelling "Who's is that Who's is that!  You were specifically told not to bring cell phones in here, This is very distracting to the class, I'm gonna find you"  Turned out it was the guy right in front of me but he kept saying it wasn't him and he turned his phone off but when he pulled it out, he discovered his alarm was still on and that's what was ringing.  The proctor was like "I'm gonna have to report this"  but really between her yelling and the phone  ringing i don't know which was more distracting. >:(

As soon as it happened I thought of this board, and smiled and shook my head. ;D

This is so weird; I think I was in the exact same test room as you (I am in New York, too).  Are you planning to report it to LSAC?

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