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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Oddest thing ever
« on: May 25, 2006, 12:10:42 AM »
I have a somewhat similar strategy-- I tend to do the first 7-10 questions, then the last 5 questions, and then the middle ones.  I find this relieves the time pressure, since when you look at the section, you've already reached "the end".

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I've taken 8, and I plan to take 5 more before the test day. My prep course instructor, as well as my pre-law advisor, both agreed that it is not good to take tests daily. On the off days I am going through and reviewing a question type each day. EX: Monday-LR Flaw, Tuesday-Games Matching, Wednesday RC Main Point, Thurs Exam, etc.

The final week I will be taking an exam every other days and reviewing all question types on the off days.

I guess it's different for every person, but I have found that taking at least 5 timed tests a week has really helped my mental stamina, concentration and confidence.  I used to really dread taking a full-length 4-5 section LSAT in one sitting and was always counting down how many more questions I had left, etc., but now, it's become almost second nature.

It may sound crazy, but I'm trying to train myself to perform under any circumstances come test day, which means taking these tests even if (and especially when) I'm tired, sleepy, hungry, bored or just unwilling to sit through the test.  I don't want to do well in practice only to bomb on test day because I didn't get enough sleep, was stressed out or felt sick...although I will take a few days of rest in the week before the test.

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Which ones are you taking?  I'm doing all three of the PrepTest books, and then 41-48.

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I have 37 PrepTests and am planning to do about one a day until the exam.  I'm currently about halfway through...

What about the rest of you?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Prep Test 21 Games Help!
« on: May 24, 2006, 03:47:30 PM »
I just took test 21 and completely bombed the games section, which is not normal for me.  If anyone has insight into set-ups/tips, especially for the last game, I would GREATLY appreciate it!  On a happier note  :), I found the 2 Logical Reasoning sections a lot easier and did much better than usual on those.  Has anyone else noticed this about test 21?

Is there any particular question that you had trouble with for that game?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Weekend before
« on: May 24, 2006, 12:29:32 PM »
Thursday: Review over the LRB and LGB, and relax
Friday: Preptest 48
Saturday: PrepTest 42
Sunday: PrepTest 43

I need the momentum of a few days of PrepTests before heading into the exam.  Whenever I take a day off before a test, I end up scoring worse the day after.

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Law School Applications / Re: Why do people not apply early?
« on: May 23, 2006, 04:39:36 PM »
Heh well sometimes the truth is harsh.

I'm not an auto-admit candidate anywhere, really, unless I cream the LSAT. So I've got to take every advantage I can get.

My transcript was just processed and inputed TODAY. I sent it in last Monday. It took one week to do this. I won't have the worry about sending a transcript ever again this application process (unless I get on a waitlist, but different story).

Of my four recommendations, I've met with three of them, and all three should be in by the end of this week. The other will be by the end of June at the latest.

Instead of running around preparing for the LSAT, getting recs, sending transcripts, and doing all of the other things the applications require me to, I'll just be working on my personal statement and that's it come September.

That's a relief, to be honest. Not necessarily because it will help me get in, but being organized and on time - ahead of the ballgame - will make my applications better and seem more professional.

I'm not a gunner, or an overachiever. Sure, I want to go to law school, and I'm a smart guy. It's the latter part that's motivated me to make sure I do everything the way it should be done. I guess I just have trouble believing people who are applying to the top 30 law schools would be sending apps in December and running around all fall doing what I'll have finished by the time I take the LSAT in June!

If we're going to fault people for being "too lazy" to seek that extra advantage in applying early to law schools, does that mean we should also fault people for being "too lazy" to work hard for a 4.00 GPA in undergraduate, or being "too lazy" to study months and months to get a top LSAT score?

If we worked harder to get our numbers up, then maybe we wouldn't need to get our applications in so early.  But then again, if everyone did that--the bar would just be raised and we'd be in the same situation as before.

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Law School Applications / Re: Why do people not apply early?
« on: May 23, 2006, 03:36:49 AM »
Hmmm...here are some potential reasons:

(1) Planning: People want to wait until they get back the results of their October LSAT before they decide where to apply.  There's little use applying to only T14 if you suddenly bomb the LSAT and get a 150, and no use applying only to TTT if you get a 175.

(2) Perfectionism: Some people take a long time to write their personal statements and write out the applications, especially if they proofread many many times.

(3) Uncontrollable delays: Maybe it takes a long long time for your recommenders to get done with their letters, or you're waiting for your fall grades.

(4) Sudden decision: Some people don't realize they want to go to law school until the last minute.  They can be graduating seniors who panic about what to do after graduation, people who decide that they'd rather apply this year than next, etc.

(5) Too much other stuff: It's surprisingly how quickly time passes when you're studying for finals, writing a thesis, meeting work deadlines, etc.

(6) Back up plans: Maybe you apply EA to a few schools and then got rejected, so you submit a few late applications as backups.

(7) Change in circumstances: If you suddenly get a slew of fee waivers, you might submit late applications to schools that you otherwise would not apply to.

(8 ) Hope: Some people think that applying too early will mean a ding, especially since the law school hasn't seen the rest of the candidate pool. Otherwise, some people might not apply early because they are dreading an inevitable rejection.

(9) ? ? ?

In any case, I'm glad that people apply late rather than early.  If everyone applied early, there'd be no advantage to those who get their apps done before Thanksgiving.

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Law School Applications / Re: penn v. columbia
« on: May 23, 2006, 03:26:43 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.

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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.

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