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« on: September 19, 2006, 11:55:57 AM »
I'm actually going to visit Penn, but that is more to do some research for my "Why Penn?" essay. I also have a good friend that lives close to Philly, so for me, it's not just visiting the school. Plus, I managed to get an airplane ticket for under $150, which was pretty awesome. While I'm up in that corner of the country I was going to go into NY one day and check out a class at NYU and Columbia. However, if I wasn't going to visit Penn, I wouldn't visit the NY schools.

I'm going to base other visits on acceptance. I can't take that much time off from work and since I'm going to have to fly everywhere, it's going to get pricey.

I'll be more than happy to read it.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: What's happening to me!?
« on: September 19, 2006, 06:44:46 AM »
On the Oct 2005 test I completely BOMBED the RC. When I took the test, I thought the passages were easy to read, and the questions were about medium, but I missed a lot of the questions on the first passage AND I ran out of time on the last section (which I thought was the easiest when I went and revisited). Reflecting back, I think I was stressing a little about the RC when I took it because, for me it's the wild card. I actually think the LR sections have been easier but I'm not sure if thats me or the test. The games are much easier. I think I just need to relax and keep reminding myself that I am indeed a good reader, and there is nothing to get worked up about.

After reminding myself of this, to make myself feel better, I went and did another test the next day and got a 170.

I think the low scores for you might be the exception more than the rule. I just hope an exception doesn't come up on the actual test.

I'm sure most of the people on this board would do this, but it bares repeating. I went out to my test center yesterday (I had never been there before) and discovered the following things:

1) The directions I got of Map Quest neglected to tell me which direction (north/south) to take at an intersection. I figured it out, and went to correct way, but, on test day if I had made a mistake, it would have been uneeded stress.

2) The test center is on a road which goes through a "downtown" area. Yesterday morning, they were setting up for a festival and the road was blocked, with no detour marked. I figured my way to the building rather easily, but, still, more uneeded stress.

3) The building name wasn't exactly the same as what is indicated on my admission ticket, and the address of the building isn't clear from the main road.

4) Parking is going to be a problem. The lot was small and it is for faculty and staff only. I'm going to call to see if they are going to make special arrangments for the day of the test.

Moral of the story: do your recon, you might be surprised what you find.

BTW...for those who are curious...I'm taking the test at Stetson University in Deland, FL

However I read somewhere that if a prospective student is interested in applying for Fall '07, he's best off taking the LSAT no later than December.

That doesn't seem right. Even if I waited until Feb 2nd that's just slightly over six months of intermission.

I want to make sure I understand you want to apply in Fall of 2007 or start school in Fall of 2007? Your six month comment makes me think that you want to start applying in Fall of 2007 for the 2008 school year.

If you want to start school in Fall 2007, you have to take the LSAT by Dec 2006.
If you want to start school in Fall 2008, you have to take the LSAT by Dec 2007.

However, if 2008 is your plan, you are better off taking it before Dec 2007, say, June '07 or Sept '07 (June would be better if you are thinking this far ahead).

If you want to start school in Fall of 2007, this December is your last chance.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How can you tell when you are burned out?
« on: September 15, 2006, 01:23:28 PM »
At this point I'm pretty much just taking tests, not going through the bibles. I have to travel next week for work, so maybe while I get to "enjoy" that, I can take a little bit of a break. Thanks.

Studying for the LSAT / How can you tell when you are burned out?
« on: September 15, 2006, 05:49:59 AM »
Lately, in LR sections, I have been missing 2-4 per section. In games, I usually miss 0 or 1. Last night, I took a LR section and a games section (I think it was from prep test 28 or 29, the last one in the green 10 actual book) and I totally bombed both of them, missing 6 on LR and 6 on games(!). I'm not sure if this was an anomaly or if it was a result of taking an older test than I had been (I've been working mainly in the high 30s and 40s). However, I'm concerned that I might be getting a little burnt out, but I'm not aware of it.

My study schedule pretty much goes like this: M-F I try to do two sections a night (going over the ones I miss) and on Saturday I take a full test with an experiemental, under "real" testing conditions. On Sunday, I either take a day off or a I go over problems I missed during the week. I work about 50 hours a week right now, so that's about all I can manage without going crazy.

I don't feel burnt out; I'm still rather focused. However, maybe it's time I take a break for a few days? I'd really feel more comfortable if I was scoring 170+ in practice, but I don't want to take steps back either.

I'll take a look, PM it to me if you'd like...

I actually like the first idea the best (just to muddy the waters a bit). However, I will provide one caveat; make sure that your essay focuses on YOU not your mother. Sometimes when people write an essay about how someone changed their life, they tend to focus on the someone rather than themselves.

The 3rd topic I like the least (unless it is in response to a prompt that asks why you want to be  lawyer). I agree that it was from a pretty long time ago (Are you the same person you were when you were 15? I'm certainly not.) and I think those types of essays are going to be some what common.

I think the 2nd topic COULD work if you "do it the right way." I think pigwidgeon's concern is valid so I would be cognizant of it.

Of course, you could do some more brainstorming and come up with new topics if none of these seem to have the "wowness" for which you are looking.

I'm sort of in the same boat as you; I've been thinking about one topic for a while and now I've thought of a few others that might be better. I think I might write a rough draft of each one and see how they end up. If you have the time, you might want to try this approach and see if it works for you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Practice in sections - Advice??
« on: September 14, 2006, 08:44:47 AM »
From my experience, they ended up being about the same. The scores below starting at the first 168 are half in sections and half completed under normal testing conditions. The odd 164 was a "section" test (during that test, the reading comprehension killed me and I didn't manage my time well on the games, i should have scored a little higher). Honestly, this surprised be because I figured the scores would be higher when done in sections.

I am finding success with a mix of both. I usually do one or two sections a night during the week (I work about 50 hrs a week) and on Saturday morning I do a full test. If you can make this happen, and have enough tests to do so, that might be a good route for you.

Of course, this is what worked for me...and because it worked for me it won't necessarily work for you. But, I'm sure with all of your LR knew that...

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