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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. '09 LSAT...TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!
« on: October 17, 2009, 12:10:43 AM »
Thanks. Funny thing is that I had a dream a couple nights ago that I got a 169.

I'm going to assume that since it was a dream, not a nightmare, that the number you dreamed of was missing the digit 1 on the front end.


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Your 159 is not a terrible score by any means with its corresponding percentile rank if you are not seeking admission to a first tier Law School.  How it bodes for your admission chances to wherever greatly depends on the Law Schools you are seeking admission to.

An LSAT score of 164, had you achieved that, is significantly (by large amounts) higher in percentile rank than a 159 and would dramatically change the range of LS's you have a chance of admission to.

Since it seems that you have decided to re-take, the prep method to choose greatly depends on your learning style and time availability.  Some people learn better in a classroom environment, others do better by hibernating alone with a bunch of books. 

If you sign up for a classroom course and miss classes and/or do not keep up on doing the homework to put it all together you likely will not benefit as much.

You have to decide which of those ways works best for you or if a combination is appropriate, all things considered.  There is no 'one size fits all' strategy for achieving a highly ranked score on the LSAT.

No matter the way you do it the most important part for your future re-take score is you spending time reviewing the substance of the instruction you are given, applying it to the sections of the test, identifying your errors as you go, working to correct for them, and then lather rinse repeat.


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. '09 LSAT...TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!
« on: October 16, 2009, 09:18:29 PM »

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. '09 LSAT...TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!
« on: October 16, 2009, 07:31:58 PM »
While I somewhat agree with you, LSAC could just as easily shut down access until the scores are posted.

True, but what about the people that need to access their other services for applications, information, etc. ??  

Why favor obsessed people waiting for a test score over people already working on applications?


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. '09 LSAT...TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!
« on: October 16, 2009, 07:20:46 PM »
Maybe they do it by last name, alphabetically? I'm a W.

From previous score releases over the last several years it appears that the emails and associated pdf disclosure downloads being available on the LSAC webpage are done in batches by test center.  Meaning one test center per batch that the LSAC computers put out/make available.

Whether the order of release is by geographic location of the test center, say east coast to west coast, or by test center # is up to LSAC and not disclosed.

PS:  It certainly doesn't help the LSAC staff and their servers that are sending out the stuff speed up the process when people keep refreshing their browsers on lsac.org ~5 times per minute, thereby hogging bandwidth and server time.

Just a random guess, maybe if people would stop hitting refresh over and over in an OCD manner the stuff would get delivered faster...

/jsia

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Preptest Study Order
« on: October 06, 2009, 03:59:42 PM »
I've read that the curves on the newer preptests are less forgiving than the older ones. Is there any truth to this, and if so, is it b/c the test has gotten harder or b/c people have gotten better at taking it?

It is true that the raw points (# you answer correctly) to scaled score conversion charts have become much less forgiving in the last ~4-5 years than they were in the previous years.  

Meaning that depending on which preptest one uses as a full timed practice test, 90 correct answer choices yielded a higher scaled score on tests from the '90s and pre 2005 era than on tests from 2005 to the present.  

That is a big reason to save and use the majority of the most recent tests for full test timed practice in order to be able to get an accurate gauge of how you are performing and would likely score on a modern administration.  Otherwise, if you base your likely potential score by taking an older test timed you will likely achieve a scaled score that is inflated compared to how you would ultimately score on an upcoming administration with your current skill/performance level.

Why is this the case?  That is a matter of debate and is controlled by very complicated psychometrics (complex math and test development stuff).  

I think the modern tests are much more standardized/predictable/stable than the tests from the past.  The logic tested hasn't changed, but the ways in which it is tested have become much more consistent in many ways.   One of the notable differences is that back in the '90s there were numerous test forms that contained really unusual oddball/non-conventional/one of a kind logic games.  Odd-ball/non traditional logic game types pop-up much less frequently now than before.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Two Questions
« on: October 06, 2009, 11:12:20 AM »
Anyway, I'm just busting your balls about your highly anglo name.

As for the temp:

Weaksauce. It's 13 here in Toronto (high 50s). Below seasonal though - which sucks.

Yeah, I got that, no worries dude.  ;)

And now you have first hand proof of why I can look at my UG and LS transcripts and immediately identify which courses had class and exams in the morning during colder times of the year! 

Whenever I looked at the exam schedules and saw that some were early morning I thought to myself 'Oh crap, that's going to take a bite out of my GPA'   :D :D

Below 60 in Toronto huh, ick.  My ideal temp range is 68-72 degrees. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Two Questions
« on: October 06, 2009, 10:47:26 AM »
"Jeffort Price Worth Dou-chebaggery III"

The best part about that name is that there had to have been at least 2 others before you with that same name.

Incorrect. 

It is and always has been me!  Same account and all.  Look at my profile stats including registered date and total time online with this account.  I'm the original and the one and only!  I may look new because of my low post count but am not.  Before my year+ long hiatus from the LSD LSAT board I used to have around 8000 posts with this account but had to d-dub them last year for reasons I will not specify. 

When I registered this account on May 17, 2006 my original avatar was:





LOL. Dude, reread my post.

I'm not doubting whether or not you're the original Jeffort on LSD.

Yeah, I just realized that after Earlcat explained it to me in a gmail chat.  lol

With the sudden temperature drop out here my brain was frozen for a few minutes waking up with the morning cold while I searched for my hoodie!

(not like it's REAL cold, but it's Socal cold, meaning low 60s!  lol)

Found hoodie, put it on, brain warmed up now!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfaAx5xcJAk

 :D

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Two Questions
« on: October 06, 2009, 10:01:25 AM »
"Jeffort Price Worth Dou-chebaggery III"

The best part about that name is that there had to have been at least 2 others before you with that same name.

Incorrect. 

It is and always has been me!  Same account and all.  Look at my profile stats including registered date and total time online with this account.  I'm the original and the one and only!  I may look new because of my low post count but am not.  Before my year+ long hiatus from the LSD LSAT board I used to have around 8000 posts with this account but had to d-dub them last year for reasons I will not specify. 

When I registered this account on May 17, 2006 my original avatar was:




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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Two Questions
« on: October 06, 2009, 09:21:32 AM »
With a name like "Jeffort" I envision a churchhill-esque looking guy with a monocle and tophat.

Do you have a post-nominal following your last name per chance?

lol, no.  I look nothing close to a churchhill-esque guy.  I'm at a total loss about how my name brings that visual to mind.

Yes to your question.


LOL. That was a total stab in the dark.

You should really look into the avatar suggestions that EarlCat posted.

ehh, I'm kinda fond of my current avatar and have been using it for several years.  I tried to find a picture of a child wearing a monocle but failed.  Maybe some photoshop magic could fix that!

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