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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 156 LSAT - School Questions!
« on: June 30, 2011, 06:04:10 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, 11:59:44 AM »
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?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Study strategy and mindset for the LSAT?
« on: June 27, 2011, 11:01:31 AM »

I started studying for the LSAT about 4 weeks ago. The first two weeks I used the PR book and then about 2 weeks ago I started the Kaplan books.

I personally have noticed that I do much better when there is a clear and distinct methodical approach that is general enough to tackle any LSAT question within the given section/question type parameter.

This being said, it seems that the Kaplan books offer much more of this "methodical" approach than the PR book (it sorta lets you figure it out for yourself.)

So the short answer: methodical approach that works every time.

Also, its so important to build - again, something that the PR book wasn't the best at. Just like a math class I like techniques to build on each other. You have to master level 1 before you master level 2 of the "methodical approach." Then when you get to level 4 you are still practicing level 1, 2 and 3. This way you do not need to re-read major sections or figure things out for yourself.

Once you have the method down in the student, then apply it to efficiency - how to get time down.

Finally, include a practice section with tips on how to self analyze (again, a method would help).

I hope that helps?

Studying for the LSAT / RC Question
« on: June 23, 2011, 03:57:54 PM »
Hi everyone,

I have a quick RC question (may also apply to LR questions as well?)

If you make a prediction of the answer, and review the answer choices (say you start on A and move down to E) and you find an answer that is strikingly similar to your prediction early on (A or B) do you just pick it and move on or do you read through the rest of the answer choices? Right now I am reading through the rest of the answer choices however I keep ending up picking my first answer and getting it right.

Unlike the Logic Games, you have to pick the "best" answer, so I feel like I have to read all the answer choices - but if you have a really strong feeling about an answer is it just better to move on? My accuracy in RC is quickly getting better but my time is still pretty slow - any comments?

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