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Backround (JUNE PREP)
I had a diagnostic of 150 3 months ago and since then i have read all 3 logic bibles.  In the bibles i noticed a huge increase in my performance.  While taking timed 7 question passages in the books i would usually get 5-7 right throughout all 3 books while staying under 8:45 for my time.  Even when the books threw 2-4 passages in a row i would complete them in time with this kind of success ration (5.5/7). 
At the end of the logic games bible i scored 22/24 on the sample section and finished with a minute to go.  I then took a real LG section from an exam and scored a 22/25.  I was excited and while approaching my first prep test since my diagnostic i anticipated a score around 164.  But, i got a 158.  I have taken 3 exams including that first 158 in 6 days and have scored 157-158 every time.  I usually get between 15-20 on all sections, and have yet to break 18 on a LG section.  I think the added time transfering answer selection to the scantron might be adding some pressure, even though i use the logical grouping approach.  I was only able to finish 3/4 games on the last exam and scored a 15 for the section.  On the 3 other sections i scored 7/18 combined for the last 6 questions of each passage and i wasn't guessing.  I feel much more rushed on the full exam and comonly exhausted at one point or another.  This is dissapointing since with a UGPA of 3.30 i need an LSAT of 160+ to get into a respectable law school.
My question is, how should i go foward in studying for the June LSAT?  Should i keep on taking practice tests to fine tune my skills, or should i return to the bibles?  Has anyone else had trouble making this transition and overcome it, or is it typical to perform much better in the bibles then on the much longer exam?

So i am taking a caribbean history class and we just got our midterm back which counts as half of our grade and i got a 31/50 for a C.  In order to make an a- you need an 85 so im basically guaranteed to be in the B range even if i really turn things around.  However, i cant even really afford a B because my undergrad gpa is a 3.32 and my lsac gpa is a 3.03 (2 f's fall freshamn year).  In addition, im really busy all the time with junior level accounting work so devoting alot of time to this class for little reward, or little punishment, seems illogical.  I have 13 other credits this semester which i have grades of all A's in throug midterms, i just didnt take this class seriously enough and was suprised.  I dont want to kill a 3.9+ semester gpa unless i have to, especially since it is my first year out of community college at a respectable business school (suny albany).
But, ive been doing a little bit of reading and found that the lsac may or may not count this W as an F on my transcript.  They say that if it is "non-punitive at my school then it will not hurt me.  I guess this means that if it doent hurt my undergrad gpa then it wont hurt my lsac gpa?  This is kind of wierd to me since the 2 differ on acedmic forgiveness for f's in undergrad school:/  Does this just reffer to weather or not i dropped the class in time for a W, for example if i drop it after monday then it goes down as a f at my school i think (ive never dropped a class ever).  Or do they really just adopt the undergrad schools policies even thoguh everyone is coming from different schools with probably different policies?
Sorry if i rambled and thanks for reading
-john levine

Studying for the LSAT / Re: MY lsat prep log
« on: June 22, 2010, 04:58:19 PM »
I have decided to stay the course and stick with accounting or finance.  My late acceptance to the  Susiness School at The University at Albany played a big role in this (sorry Geneso :-[)
I will take another prep test on thursday and post my results.  I can hardlly wait  ;)
Now on page 220 of LR

Law School Admissions / Re: Chances?
« on: June 19, 2010, 09:34:33 AM »
Your lsat score is just as impotrant as your gpa.  So much so that a poor lsat score might ruin your chances of getting into lawschool despite your gpa.  Obviously you cant have a higher gpa than 4.00, so i would say your chances aren't bad.  Just do well on your lsat.  You should aim to get in the 160's or higher if your looking at tier 1 schools

ok, i just realized they collect all transcrts and recalculate gpa's.  This sucks for me becausei  have failed 2 classes, which have been retaken and forgiven.  I hear that; these classes will now count?  Also, i heard that A+ grades will recieve a 4.33 gpa.  I have many A+ grades, but my school oy gies out A's So if you have an 100 you get an A.  How would law school find out that this is an A+?  Is the site i just found wrong?  Cause i have a lot of grades near or at around 100% which just go down as A's.  Also, many classes curve giving out higher marks than the percentage might give otherwie...
So how does law school handle these grades

I am transferring schools between my sophmore and junior year,  How will this affect my GPA for when i apply to law school?  Will they only use my gpa from the second school?  Or will they average them?  The first school is a community college, where i earned a degree.  The second school is the University at Albany.  Also, they have said thas they estimate that only 53 of of 64 credits will transfer (I dont know why).  But, does that mean that these classes wont cout toward my gpa(assuming any do).
How will law school calculate my gpa?
Thank you
-John Levine

Studying for the LSAT / Re: MY lsat prep log
« on: June 14, 2010, 07:37:35 PM »
Thanks for the reply,
Really, i haven't had trouble with accounting so far.  As a sophmore at a community college i took intermediate accounting (a 300 class) and got an A-.  I took calculus 1 and got a C, i was disappointed with this.  But that was during the same semester as int. accounting, and that semester totalled 19 credit hours!  I had all A's minus the C in calc, i guess i put calc off and was already drained by the time i got to it.  Anywayyy i do well in accounting, one of the best at the community college, where 50% of the students fail any given accounting class, i get A's.  However, common consensus tells me that accounting is a hard major, harder than business administration.  And, i dont want to pointlessly tax myself.  I guess this is something i will be pondering for the next 8 days and talk about with a counselor at the new school (SUNY Geneseo  8) ).  Of course i highly value your opinion and thank you for the tips, you have me leaning back towards sticking with accounting  :D .   

Studying for the LSAT / MY lsat prep log
« on: June 14, 2010, 02:36:04 PM »
I have begun slowly studying for the lsat during this, the summer before my junior year of undergraduate school.  Just over a week ago i took a lsat test cold, with no studying and scored a 150.  This place me in the 50th percentile.  Now, about 10 days and 125 pages of the logic reasoning powerscore bible later, i scored a 156!  This places me in the 70th percentile  8)  I was very happy with the logic reasoning section, which i scored 22/24 correct on, and i still have more than half of that book to go.  I cannot wait to read the logic games bible, i scored 12/24 during this section.

I do have a question for some of the members out there; should i start banking on my decision to go to law school and change majors?  For the first 2 years i majored in business administrations, which plugs into accounting.  However, accounting is a very challenging major that could hurt my gpa and not be beneficial to me if i succeed in law.  However, i would be shy to change to a pre-law major, because of all the classes i might lose.  I will have to look into this more (weather i would lose classes).  Either way, i could stay a business administration major, and my gpa would probably thank me, but if i fail in law, i would not have the advantage of security that accounting offers, this field always has many high paying jobs.  Also, if i cant practice law, i know i want to be an accountant.  Soo, your thought  :-\

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Preparing for the LSAT; PowerScore Bibles
« on: June 02, 2010, 10:11:43 PM »
Just giving this thread a quick one over and wow, it has wondered a little. 
Jeffort, dont worry im not going to become obsessed with lsat prep, i want to be able to spread it out over a long time though so i will be in good shape without having to cram.  Also, just because i am starting now does not mean i am going to continue throughout the two years, it is very likely that i will wonder in there.  But, thats okay because i have all this time to play with. 
I got the books yesterday and sat down to take the first preptest tonight and scored a 150.  Obviously i have a lot of work to do.  I was blown away by the speed of the test and ended up guessing on almost a dozen questions.  Those logic games are TRICKY and i have no idea runner G is in, hopefully the bibles will help me out there.

Thank you for the tips,
I am going to take an lsat preptest cold when my amazon order arives and then focus on the bibles.  If i get into my goal range can i take the test then?  Or do you have to complete a bachelors first?  It sure would be sweet to get the test out of the way asap, or have the time to take it multiple times 8)

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