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Studying for the LSAT / Re: need prep test help
« on: December 19, 2005, 03:09:23 PM »
Purchasing all released LSAT tests in book format will cost you at least around $150 total, 3x$30 for the tests up to number 38 (I think) and then the separate booklets up to number 47, approx. $8 plus s&h. (Look on ebay for some of the books.)

I suggest that you make photocopies of the games before attempting them. I made a book just of all the games and worked through that book. It really helped.

I also sent you an email with a link, directly to you. If you have a printer and don't have to go to Kinko's to print out stuff, it may be worth it to print out the tests.

Good Luck, Vera :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Can anyone help?
« on: December 19, 2005, 02:59:48 PM »
I took that particular test also and did WORSE than you. I think that this particular test was on the difficult side because I did much better in other LSAT tests. I can email you the answers too if you still need them. Vera :)

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Law School Applications / Re: (Revived) Latino/a Thread
« on: December 17, 2005, 03:46:29 AM »
Hi --- I am new to this board. I am Cubana and live in San Diego. I am planning on starting law school in 2006, second career. :)

Vera :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore Weekend Course Question
« on: December 16, 2005, 09:58:29 PM »
I took the Powerscore weekend class and it gave me a good basis. Now, I am studying on my own, approximately 4 hours per day. If you already have a good basic understanding of the LSAT, then the weekend course would be a waste of time.

If you have self-discipline, then study on your own. If you lack the discipline then you need to take a full length course (which is also expensive). You can go on ebay and purchase previous LSAT tests for cheap, you don't need to pay over $1,000 on a course in order to get real LSAT questions.

I posted this on another threat, but this is what I found helpful:
1) Weekend Class for basic understanding - however, I had the Powerscore Logic Reasoning Book and the Powerscore Games Bible (read it prior to the class so that you will have a basic understanding)

2) Take a couple of self-timed tests, see what your score is and look at what your weaknesses are.

3) Read over the sections where you did badly (i.e. I had a difficult time with assumption questions) in the Logical Reasoning Bible.

4) I also used the NOVA book, the Princeton Review "Cracking the LSAT" book --- for the games section...and the NOVA book for the Reading Section

5) Make photocopies of each game on the LSAT tests that you have. I compiled two copies each of #7-46 in two a three ring binders. I take the test once and go over it and then I take it again.

6) I have the Orange Book from Kaplan. They did a nice job in compiling Logical Reasoning Questions by "genre" and also the games and reading sections by type. Working through there makes you really focus your thinking based on the types of question the section goes through....ie. 50 questions that are all Assumption questions.

How is that for prep...just some ideas that seem to be working for me.

Don't forget to take timed tests. I do really good in the reading questions...BUT...I tend to run out of time. I got the LR section pacing down and can finish those questions in 35 min. I am getting there in the games also.

You can email me privately if you have anymore questions... sunfunliving @ yahoo . com

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Princeton vs. Powerscore
« on: December 16, 2005, 09:35:11 PM »
I think that Powerscore and TM are about the same. I took Powerscore at the time because of cost...it was a weekend class for about $360. I could not afford the full length class.

Vera :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Princeton vs. Powerscore
« on: December 16, 2005, 11:14:09 AM »
I took the Powerscore weekend course. I also used the the Powerscore Logic Games Bible. I understood the basics of the games, but found that I could not finish the games on time and still made lots of mistakes. In my frustration, I worked through the Games Bible again and also through the Powerscore weekend materials.

Still no progress... I went and got a bunch of other test prep material...and this is what helped me to get over the hump...Princton Review "Cracking the LSAT". I worked through their games section and it was the best thing. I would not recommend P.R. "Cracking the LSAT" for anybody who has not had any exposure to the games, but it was a great supplemental book in terms of the games.

P.R. teaches you to take questions in your own sequence instead of 1-6. For example, answer "what if" questions first. Powerscore does not mention that at all. Answering "what if" questions first gives you a good understanding of the game before answering the other (harder) questions. This really helped me increase in speed.

Also, Powerscore teaches you to re-draw the game next to the individual questions, it caused me to lose a lot of time and P.R. teaches you to make one "build-on" sketch. That is more helpful.

Another book that I found very useful in terms of the games is the NOVA "Master the LSAT" book. Working through that book gave me more exposure to games that had not been covered by Powerscore or P.R. However, stay away from the logic graphing section in NOVA, just pull out some useful information. It may confuse you.

Also, I copied all the games from the released tests and made a binder with all the games. I made two copies. One copy I worked through, then checked my answers, learned from my mistakes and then did them again on the second copy.

Now the Games Section is my strongest section whereas before it had been my worst section.

I am taking the LSAT in February 2006.

Vera (from SUNNY San Diego)

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