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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Test - Preptest Differences?
« on: May 26, 2006, 07:23:47 PM »
There are a whole bunch of old threads on test day performance vs. practice test performance, but I think that the only real difference are the test taking conditions and the addition of the experimental. 

Keep in mind that the PrepTests are real tests without the experimentals, so they should be pretty much the same in difficulty.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Post Mortems
« on: May 26, 2006, 05:28:49 PM »
I agree...it would be an excellent way to determine experimental sections, consensus over difficult questions, etc.  I think it's especially useful on LR, since it's pretty hard to remember specific answers to RC or LG.

I'd be willing to participate post-LSAT.

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I think they really start getting easier around 2002.  When the sections start to feature 22 rather than 24 questions, that's a sign that they've gotten easier.

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I would want Logical Reasoning as experimental, since it's the section I stress about the least.  Even though I usually do better in the games and reading comp, those sections stress me out time-wise and seem to take a lot more energy.

My ideal set-up would be: RC, LG, LR (exp), Break, LR, LR.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: The Progress Thread
« on: May 26, 2006, 12:41:54 PM »
I took the December 2004 Test (43?) yesterday.  I was a little nervous because this is my first recent test, I've been using the Next 10 book and Superprep for my previous tests.  I felt good going through and finished the games with 7 minutes to spare, including bubbling!  It only had 22 questions, instead of the usual 25, so that was obviously a factor too.

I was marking and the first section was lr.  I got 5 wrong, which is a more than the usual 3-4, so I was feeling discouraged.  I got the next two sections (rc and lg) completely right!  This was my first time getting none wrong on rc, so that made it extra encouraging.  A few wrong on the last lg section to end up with a score of 175!  My raw was 92, so the curve was somewhat generous. Even so, this has given me confidence that I can handle the recent tests too.  :)

Great score!  December 2004 was only out of 99 questions, so your raw score would have been more like a 94 on a standard 101-question exam--which would be an oustanding score on any scale.

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Don't count on that. If I remember correctly, in Dec. the curve was -8 for a 170 which is pretty damn brutal. If you're trying for 170 plus I'd try to get it down to 8 or less.

I disagree. While it is, of course, possible that 93 would be the score needed for a 170, chances of that happening are slim,, since that was the hardest curve ever given, and it was in December, which is most recent. I doubt they will keep it at 93.

June 05 had a really tough curve too.  It appears to be a recent trend to have tough curves.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: JUNE 2006 LSAT ROLL CALL
« on: May 25, 2006, 07:46:38 PM »
I'm taking it in June.  Hope this'll be the only time!

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Boalt
Northwestern
UCLA
USC
UC Hastings

Maybe some East Coast schools if I do well on the June LSAT.

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I actually took PrepTest 22 a few days ago, and got a raw score of 94 (LR -5, LG -1, RC -1), scaled score: 175.

I thought a lot of the logical reasoning was complex and pretty difficult.  Specifically, I have trouble understanding Section 2, Question 17, about cheetah populations and natural habitat.  Anyone get that problem right?

Also, the reading comp on PrepTest 22 doesn't feel at all as tough as on the more recent tests, since the passages are short and there are only 26 questions.

When I took this test over a month ago, I missed 4 on the RC.  My average on the later tests I've taken (30-38) is less than 2 wrong.  I thought it was tough. :D  Good work on the 175, btw.

What did you choose for 17?

A.) is wrong because the passage says nothing about the accuracy of previous estimates of exisiting cheetah populations; I can see why someone might choose this if they read the stimulus hastily because the passage isn't as clear as it could be about which estimates are referred to in "the current population barely meets the previous estimates"  But that phrase is referring to inaccurate estimates of the number of cheetahs required to survive a natural disaster, not estimates of existing cheetah populations.

B.) is wrong because nothing is says nothing about the comparitive rates of diminishment of cheetah populations and their habitat

C.) is just off base, like b

D.) is correct because there are only as many cheetahs in the African grasslands as were estimated (in a LOW estimate) to be necessary to survive a natural disaster; since there aren't significantly more, there currently can't be enough cheetahs to survive a natural disaster

E.) like C, is just wrong

Thanks for the explanation, squirt10!  Heh...I guess I'm guilty of reading the stimulus too hastily.  I chose (A).  The stimulus seemed really convoluted to me and I had trouble picking apart the statements and what they meant.  Your reasoning really helps make it clearer.

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I actually took PrepTest 22 a few days ago, and got a raw score of 94 (LR -5, LG -1, RC -1), scaled score: 175.

I thought a lot of the logical reasoning was complex and pretty difficult.  Specifically, I have trouble understanding Section 2, Question 17, about cheetah populations and natural habitat.  Anyone get that problem right?

Also, the reading comp on PrepTest 22 doesn't feel at all as tough as on the more recent tests, since the passages are short and there are only 26 questions.

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