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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Kaplan vs. Testmasters
« on: July 22, 2011, 04:48:22 PM »
I don't know about the courses themselves but I just finished the Kaplan book set and loved it - very methodical and clear.

What you will find in mostly all comments is that all the reputable prep courses (like Kaplan and Testmasters) offer essentially the same knowledge - the only difference is the professor. So - pick which course has the absolute best professor. Find this info by student comments/rating.

The advanced courses are really designed for people already scoring in the mid 160s trying to bump up into the 170s range. If you are not there yet - this course may be a waste of time and money.

If money is not an issue I would look into a private instructor - again the best you can afford/find.

Minority Topics / How minorities work....
« on: July 20, 2011, 05:32:36 PM »
Hi guys,

So I have two different hispanic backgrounds - does this affect how law schools will view the URM?


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Practice Test Score 145
« on: July 19, 2011, 12:32:31 PM »
Think of it like this...

In music school they say off the bat you MUST be practicing at least 21 hours a week - which matches up with your 3 hours a day. This, however, is a long term plan (for 4 years of practice). If you have a year + to study for the LSAT, 21 hours a week shouldn't be all that bad. I have personally found 4-6 hours a day to be ideal for my improvement. If you are trying to get into the high 160s within 3 months - try 30+ hours a week. My goal is the low 170s - which may take 6 months+ at 30 hours a week for me.

If you are serious about the LSAT and law school, structure you day so that you can squeeze in as much efficient LSAT study as possible. Even on days you can't get a whole lot in still keep your mind on LSAT. Read through sections you have done, review methodology - question types, etc. Read online resources about the LSAT, like this forum. Keeping your mind on the LSAT is just as important as studying for it. A day shouldn't go by without you at least looking at something LSAT related.

One more thing - taking the diagnostic test is fine but make sure from here on out you focus only under un-timed conditions. Once you have a firm grasp of fundamentals (once you can answer all the questions correctly un-timed) then move on to timed tests. Why? If you can't answer the questions un-timed - theres no way you will be able to answer them timed. Once you can score in the 175+ range on an un-timed test - then move on to time management. Make sure that you are learning an efficient method (which all of the major prep companies have) so you can bring your time down when it is relevant. You will also notice, however, that once you have a firm grasp on fundamentals, timing should become less of an issue. Remember, its not speed but efficiency.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Study Group/Question
« on: July 18, 2011, 04:19:57 PM »
Thats a good point. The numbers posted by individuals tend to vary in accuracy - a lot of them even say up front that they are not that accurate. It should then be used as a rough guide (it seems like the majority of stuff posted by individuals are legitimate though).

That being said, there is a page for each school that lists their avg. ranges and what not. These tend to be pretty accurate as all the ones I have seen are the exact same thing as the information posted on university websites. I, of course, would start with the university's websites first - then move to sites like these.

Another site is ... this is a calculator straight from LSAC (creators of LSAT) who use information directly from Universities.

Hope that helps.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: RC Question
« on: July 07, 2011, 12:59:26 PM »
This business about the "best" answer is nonsense.  The right answers are right (they are supported by the passage AND answer the question asked) and the wrong answers are wrong (they are either not supported by the passage or they don't answer the question asked).  The writers never give you two right answers where one is subjectively "better" than the other.

That being said, the ONLY questions on which I would skip reading all the answer choices are Must be True questions in the Games section.

After more practice I definitely understand the why the "best" answer concept is off - it truely is either right or wrong. That being said - why do you only skip Must Be True LG questions? What about Inference LR questions (sometimes presented as Must be True)? I'm sure there are other question types that warrant finding the answer and moving on?

This concept seems to be left out of discussion in most of my study material (Princeton Review and Kaplan). In the explanations they often say something like: "B) This is the correct answer because of _____ - move on to the next question. But for study purposes lets look at why the other answers are wrong." The majority of the times they don't say that - but when they do its not really clear why?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Logic games books
« on: July 03, 2011, 09:19:51 AM »
I'm liking the Kaplan book - but I'm not sure how it stacks up against others. I started the Kaplan book getting about 90% accuracy in about 15-20 min per game. I am half way through the book and am now at 100% accuracy at about 10-11 min. per game. I'm probably gonna be buying the McGraw and PowerScore books after I finish Kaplan.

If you do pick multiple books - make sure not to get confused with your methodology. In the end you should pick one way to do each step/game type/question type - if that means combining different tech. thats fine, just as long as it works .

Good luck

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Strengthen/Weaken LR Help
« on: July 01, 2011, 01:14:59 PM »
General questions like this are hard to answer, because its tough to know what you're not understanding.  Post some questions (PT#, Section#, and Question#) that have you stumped.

I understand why they are right and wrong - after the fact.

This lead me to figure out where the error is occurring and I have pin pointed it. I am actually doing great in preparation for questions (understanding conclusions, evidence, assumption, scope, formal logic, keywords etc.) and most of my predictions are dead on with the correct answer choices - and all of this is done within efficient times. It seems, however, the answers themselves are messing with me. For some reason I can't see through the awkward language. When I do I get really excited because it sticks out immensely from the rest, but if not I begin to tread.

I have noticed this now in my Reading Comprehension section as well. I understand everything just fine until I begin reading the answers - even when I have the exact prediction of the correct answer, I often don't see it. This, then, seems to be a major issue I am having with all questions.

Any advice? Here are examples of the above issue. I know exactly why they are wrong but maybe there are common "wrong answers" that I am falling for that I just don't see?

PT 27, Sec 3, Q 24 - Answered A instead of E
PT 24, Sec 3, Q 9 - Answered B instead of E
PT 35, Sec 1, Q 4 - Answered D instead of C
PT 24, Sec 3, Q 22 - Answered D instead of C
PT 36, Sec 3 Q2 - Answered C instead of A
PT 17, Sec 3, Q 12 - Answered B instead of D

By the way, thank you so much EarCat - so far you have really helped!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 156 LSAT - School Questions!
« on: June 30, 2011, 09:04:10 PM »
It seems like your GPA is perfect for FSU. Your LSAT score seems a little low, but not impossible. Strong soft factors may ease a few points off of the LSAT - but not much.

It seems that people only recommend retaking the test if you feel like your score was either nowhere near your actual score OR you can score much higher. The median LSAT score for FSU is 159 (the range is 158-161). Worst case scenario a school will average your LSAT scores. So you will have to score a 162 or better on your next LSAT to make it into their median. Best case scenario is a school takes the top score, or adds more weight to top score (though I wouldn't always count on it) and so a 160s score would be awesome. If you can get your LSAT score into the mid/low 160s or higher I would def. retake it. If not, work your butt off on the soft factors (personal statement, letters of recommendation, etc.) and apply anyways. Add an addendum explaining why your score may have been lower that day - etc.

Throughout this process I would still keep LSAT on your mind and continue working on it to bring your score up. If you dont get accepted into places you want you can then retake it and apply for the next cycle - again, presuming you bring your score up into the 160s. This may also give you more time to buff up your soft factors/resume.

The above has been my take on what the avg. person would say - maybe someone else has more specifics?

Good Luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Strengthen/Weaken LR Help
« on: June 29, 2011, 02:59:44 PM »
Hi guys,

So far I am doing pretty well in the LR section getting about 80-90% accuracy at about 1:45 per question (just started studying, of course I want to get that to 100% accuracy under 1:20).

I am noticing, however, a discrepancy with my Strengthen/Weaken questions. Its taking me twice as long to get through these questions and I am averaging about 30-50% accuracy. Any tips on finding the right answer?

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