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Law School Admissions / Re: penn v. columbia
« on: May 23, 2006, 12:26:43 AM »
Congrats on getting accepted to Columbia!  You should make your decision based on which law school you want to attend, not which business school you may want to attend, unless you've already been accepted to Wharton and Columbia's b-school.  I don't mean to be pessimistic, but I think it's a little premature to count on getting accepted to Wharton/Columbia just because you're in at the law school.

I disagree.  I don't know about Kaplan, but I don't think Princeton Review tests are at the same caliber or consistency as the real LSAT preptests.  Sometimes, there are crucial typos or unfounded assumptions that drastically undermine the logic of the question, leading to unsolvable games, two equally correct answers, all wrong answers, etc.  For example, I took one PR test in which the logic game stated that A was taller than B and C.  It was clear from the answer guide that the testmakers made the assumption that this meant that B and C were equal heights.  This type of false assumption would NEVER be included on a real LSAT.

Taking bad tests can mean more than just getting bad material.  It can mean learning to make false assumptions or use poor technique too.

I scored 153 on that particular PR test, but my average on real LSAT preptests is approximately 173.  I don't think the difference in scores lies in the difficulty but rather, the poor construction of the PR test.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How many hours a day do you study???
« on: May 19, 2006, 03:47:34 PM »
For those of you who are studying 5+ hours a day, what do you do during that time?

I've been taking one preptest per day (I still have 20+ tests to go) and reviewing over the questions I missed or found difficult, and then slowly going through the LRB about a chapter a day.  It only takes me about 3.5 hours a day...what do you do during the extra 2-4 hours?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How many hours a day do you study???
« on: May 18, 2006, 04:29:48 PM »
70 hours sounds like a lot.  Burn out could be a problem if you study much more than that.  I'm not sure about stopping three days before the test though.  I actually just got back from a 4-day hiatus from LSAT studying, and it was really hard to get back into test-taking mode.  I found that I was losing concentration and getting tired a lot more quickly than when I was studying everyday.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: December 2005 Games
« on: May 18, 2006, 11:56:47 AM »
My preference is for easier RC and medium difficulty games.  I find that RC is the biggest wildcard for me because of the time constraint and the variety of hard/boring topics, whereas as least for the games, using the LGB helps a lot to learn good technique.

My vote for hardest games section was the one that had the CD game on it back in 2000 or 2001.  It was so time-consuming!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: The Progress Thread
« on: May 18, 2006, 09:54:47 AM »
I agree with Hank's advice.  Looking at the timer can stress you out because you realize how little time you have left. 

What I do is skip questions that look longer to me (i.e., global LG, LR parallel reasoning, formal logic, inference questions in RC) and then do those at the end.  Just make sure that when you transfer answers onto the scantron, you account for skipped questions.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: December 2005 Games
« on: May 17, 2006, 09:49:00 PM »
The problem with easy games is that it tends to lead to a tougher scale.  I'm hoping the June test has easy games but doesn't have that same awful scale as the Dec 2005 one did.

Yeah, I got question 23 wrong because I took the first clue (if L is at S, then N & P is at R) at face value.  Now, I'm a little paranoid.  If we're going to have to check the validity of each clue in all of these conditional statement games, it's going to be a lot of extra work and time.  :-[

Game 4 on PrepTest 34 (June 2001) is ridiculously misleading-- 1 of the conditions is that if L is at Souderton, then both N and P are at Randsborough, yet 2 other conditions make it clear that N and P CANNOT be at Randsborough at the same time.  Essentially, these conditions contradict each other.

Are any other logic games this confusing (with misleading and contradictory questions)???

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Practice scores go down with stress?
« on: May 09, 2006, 05:09:11 PM »
My timed average is probably about 171.  I started off at 170 and then peaked at 179 twice after about 10 exams...but then dropped down to 177 and then 169.  I'm kind of worried that as I get into the more recent tests, my skill set is getting more challenged?

A week-long break does sound like a good idea.  I'll be traveling for the second half of May, so that'll be some time away from this stress.


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