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thanks.  Nova is a general LSAT book right? so I should just use the RC portion of it?

or is there a separate RC book from Nova?

Nova is a general book, but everyone here buys it just for the RC alone.  I didn't even look at the other sections in the Nova book!!!

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Now, a 155.  :) 8) ;D   This week I only worked 30 hrs vs. my usual 52.  I will do the same next week. The extra rest and countless hours of QUALITY studying this week helped immensely.  I did take this test in the afternoon and was a bit tired, I am taking a fully proctored test tomorrow and will hope for the best.  I feel happy about this test as it did finally start to "click" and although the games section was tough, didn't even get to one, I still felt really good on the 3 I did do completely but I missed some key inferneces.  I will chalk this up to the games section coming 4th and me being a bit tired.  I just wanted to give some hope to others out there that are struggling...it really does come around.  Of course I could post a 149 tomorrow........ ::)

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Also get NOVA's Master the LSAT for the RC section.  It is the most highly regarded RC help guide at least on LSD...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: I want test 51!
« on: February 01, 2007, 06:09:41 PM »
Could someone please forward PT 51 to me as well...thanks.

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not the devil, but close, real close.

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I have started focusing on only doing 3 games with 12 minutes or so alloted for each one.  I take a quick glance at the first game and decide whether it is an easy or hard one.  I try to take the extra 20 seconds and deduce which games will be less time consuming and focus on those three.  Usually the harder games have less questions as well, of course this is only my speculation.  I did 16 games(4 sections) today and on 3 of the 4 timed sections I got over 16 right.   I suck at games, they just aren't my cup of tea so I decided that I would focus on 3 and if I get lucky and get an easy linear game in there I will have some time left over to attack the fourth game.   When I try to do the 8:45 per game strategy, I cannot handle the setups and make the full inferneces.  hope this helps.

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I started my LSAT prep in November by briefly going over the LGB and LRB a few days a week.  I took my first timed test December 1st and got a 149.  I just took my 5th full test today and got a 150.  I have been through the LGB bible twice and the LRB twice all to no avail it seems.  I have implemented many of the tips on studying I have seen here and while I seem to do okay sometimes with timed individual sections while studying, when it comes to full tests I crap out it seems.  I don't get nervous, I don't get tired, I can still concentrate,I just can't make it happen.  I do work 10 hrs a day and sometimes my studying isn't exactly top notch, but I do at least two games or one LR section a day and I always review my wrong answers on LR to better understand my mistakes.  I am doing it all right according to what I have read and can ascertain, but it isn't clicking.

I have trouble making the inferences on games and have tried only doing 3 games to no avail.  The extra time doesn't always help.  The other day I got 17/24 on a timed games section, this morning I got 8/22. I understand how to set up games, and the rules, but some games I look at and just go blank and I have trouble really getting anywhere with it.  I have the Powerscore Games set-up guide, but some of the inferneces they describe in the setup I don't even come close to realizing while I did the game.  AFTER reading their inferences it all makes sense, but that is too late.   ;)

On LR I never get less than 12 right, but I also never get more than 18 right.  Most of the time I can narrow down the two contenders, but not always. No one question type gets me, I am all over the place as far as what question type I usually get wrong.

On RC I never get less than 19 correct.  This is by far my best section and I have yet to even read Nova's tips for doing better on this section.  I decided to concentrate on my weaker sections.

I have a feeling that I need someone to help explain the LSAT to me as I am not always making the connections.  I am going to go ahead and take February, but I know that I will be retaking in June/September.  I need at least a 160 to get into my preferred school and the T3/4 that is available to me gives fairly generous schloraships to those with scores in the mid 150's.  But I am applying too late in the cycle for those scholarships... 

so I am thinking about a prep course.  I have Testmasters, Princeton Review and Kaplan available to me.  From my readings here I am going to opt for TM or PR over Kaplan. 

My concern:  Since I have been using the Powerscore books and study methods would TM or PR be a better choice?  I think doing the full length in-class teaching will help me to understand exactly what I am doing wrong and maybe help make the connections that I am missing through self-study and allow me to boost my score in June/september.  What do you think?

Sorry for the confessional, but my SO, friends, and co-workers don't seem to understand the stress that I am going through, and how challenging the LSAT can be, not that you care, but I needed to vent and ask for some honest advice.  I will go to law school, but I would much rather go to my preferred school than take the T3/4 route.


My score improved over 10 points from the first practice test to the actual LSAT.

My advice to you is:

Give up

but not for too long.

Thanks Basal and others that gave great advie.  I am not giving up, I was just in a fatalist mood and needed to vent.  I worked out a deal with my boss to work only 30 hrs a week vs. the 52 hrs I normally work for the next two weeks.  I am gonna crack down and use the extra rest and study time to my advantage. 

Most of the tips people suggested I had already read before and implemented on previous threads but I appreciate the advice!  I do have 40 games copied and put into a binder that I work on, I do analyze each wrong answer on LR sections after I do a test or timed section.  My biggest problem is with making inferences in games.  I just can't seem to make that hurdle in my mind sometimes.  On some days I really get it and can score between 14 and 17 right on a games section, but other times I struggle to get 10 right. 

I am going to refocus my efforts, focus on assumption LR questions as one poster mentioned, and devote at least two hours a day to games.  I am going to start doing games by just staring at the rules until I figure the inferences out.  Timing has never been an issue, but I need to nail down getting all my setups and inferences done before moving on to the questions.   

Thanks to all for the encouragement!!!!!

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I started my LSAT prep in November by briefly going over the LGB and LRB a few days a week.  I took my first timed test December 1st and got a 149.  I just took my 5th full test today and got a 150.  I have been through the LGB bible twice and the LRB twice all to no avail it seems.  I have implemented many of the tips on studying I have seen here and while I seem to do okay sometimes with timed individual sections while studying, when it comes to full tests I crap out it seems.  I don't get nervous, I don't get tired, I can still concentrate,I just can't make it happen.  I do work 10 hrs a day and sometimes my studying isn't exactly top notch, but I do at least two games or one LR section a day and I always review my wrong answers on LR to better understand my mistakes.  I am doing it all right according to what I have read and can ascertain, but it isn't clicking.

I have trouble making the inferences on games and have tried only doing 3 games to no avail.  The extra time doesn't always help.  The other day I got 17/24 on a timed games section, this morning I got 8/22. I understand how to set up games, and the rules, but some games I look at and just go blank and I have trouble really getting anywhere with it.  I have the Powerscore Games set-up guide, but some of the inferneces they describe in the setup I don't even come close to realizing while I did the game.  AFTER reading their inferences it all makes sense, but that is too late.   ;)

On LR I never get less than 12 right, but I also never get more than 18 right.  Most of the time I can narrow down the two contenders, but not always. No one question type gets me, I am all over the place as far as what question type I usually get wrong.

On RC I never get less than 19 correct.  This is by far my best section and I have yet to even read Nova's tips for doing better on this section.  I decided to concentrate on my weaker sections.

I have a feeling that I need someone to help explain the LSAT to me as I am not always making the connections.  I am going to go ahead and take February, but I know that I will be retaking in June/September.  I need at least a 160 to get into my preferred school and the T3/4 that is available to me gives fairly generous schloraships to those with scores in the mid 150's.  But I am applying too late in the cycle for those scholarships... 

so I am thinking about a prep course.  I have Testmasters, Princeton Review and Kaplan available to me.  From my readings here I am going to opt for TM or PR over Kaplan. 

My concern:  Since I have been using the Powerscore books and study methods would TM or PR be a better choice?  I think doing the full length in-class teaching will help me to understand exactly what I am doing wrong and maybe help make the connections that I am missing through self-study and allow me to boost my score in June/september.  What do you think?

Sorry for the confessional, but my SO, friends, and co-workers don't seem to understand the stress that I am going through, and how challenging the LSAT can be, not that you care, but I needed to vent and ask for some honest advice.  I will go to law school, but I would much rather go to my preferred school than take the T3/4 route.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Who would sign up for a 160+ score right now?
« on: January 24, 2007, 04:42:39 PM »
I wouldnt take it, but ask me in 3 weeks :-)

I'll take the 160, puts me above the median and at the 75% for my target school.  I am finally going to take another preptest this afternoon.....

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Done Reading The BIble...What to do now?
« on: January 23, 2007, 05:28:13 PM »
LRB I spent about a month and for LGB a little less than that...
I basically took notes by copying the review section for each question type. I am feeling kinda empty since there are so many things to memorize and get used to.

I made note cards of all 13 question types with the review notes before each sections questions.  I made supplemental note cards for other tips and question stems that I thought were important and have been carrying these cards around for over a month now.  Every time I get a few minutes I pull the cards out and browse through them. 

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