I just noticed that books and papers are listed under this section, but i have heard that it is advisable to bring in some reading material ie (magazine, newspaper...) in order to pass the time before the test begins. Is this in fact permitted?
I just checked out powerscores top 10 list of most difficult reading comprehension passages and found that i could recal all the passages . But, i also noticed that of the top 10 and the 5 or so honorable mentions, there was not one listed as passage #1
Thats cool, I have noticed that the logic reasoning questions get harder after the first 10 or so and that in my opinion the hardest questions are from 20-25. I did take a test where i started at the end and worked backwards and i was more comfortable tackling the harder questions when i was fresh and saving the easier ones for the end. But, i think that the later questions take more time and so your getting less points per minute. By starting with the easier questions you might be able to complete more questions.
I did powerscore and they say to just tackle the games you are best at and save your weaker games for last and the games with less questions. IMO the first question in the game is the easiest, it commonly asks for a possible solution to the game which can be found by just applying the rules given. This is a gimme and is really helpful for solving other questions in the game as some info can be reused. For example the second question might ask you for a complete list of racers which could possibly finish second; you would already know of one for sure from the first question which asks for a possible solution. I think that by doing the questions in reverse order you are making it harder.
My 2 cents is that you probably have taken so many tests that regardless of whether you end with 3 or 4 scores you will have to write an explanation for law school admissions. Also, since your average score is considered for some law schools, you can probably increase your average score by taking 4 lsat's. Finally, there is no guarantee that you will actually improve, and always the chance that either the June or October tests might go poorly. So, you might benefit from taking the lsat in June. If you do start scoring even higher before october, i dont think adding a low 160 lsat in june to your application will hurt.
I commonly tackle the passages with the most questions first, and the least questions last. The first passage has only 5 questions so i normally skip this one and complete the last 3 passages, returning to only skim over the first passage. However, i have noticed that when i go back to complete the skipped passage once the test is over that i think it is an easier passage. Has anyone else noticed that the first passage tends to have lighter material? in todays prep test i started with the first passage and completed it in just 5 minutes (5 questions included). I have also thought when returning to the first passage, with only moments left in the section, that i can fly through it. although that could be because the last minutes are winding down and im locked in.
So what are you feelings on the difficulty of the first passage and whether it should be completed (first) by test takers who commonly cannot complete the section without rushing.
IMO this is the time to take a preptest a day and become comfortable with the pace of the test. If you have a blaring weakness then you should take multiple sections of that type (for me Reading comprehension) a day. Myself i take a preptest at 12:30 (the time of the test) finish at 3:40 [15 minute break between 3 and 4] and then after dinner (right now) i go and take 2-3 reading comprehension sections and score 15-20 on all of them -john