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Studying for the LSAT / Discussion of Logic Games Bible from PowerScore
« on: August 19, 2006, 01:19:40 PM »
I just want to share my thoughts on this book. Specifically I'm talking to the other "me"s out there who are wondering if a ~230 page book can possibly be worth $65, when similar books by other companies cost around $30.

Answer: it's totally worth it.

Longer story: I've taken a bunch of practice LSATs (early 30s preptests) and I noticed that I always did much worse on the games section than LR or RC. I'd miss twice as many in LG as I would the other sections, sometimes more in LG than I would on the rest of the test combined. In fact my LG performance has been:

PrepTest 29: 15/24 -9
30: 17/23 -6
31: 20/23 -3
32: 17/24 -7
33: 13/23 -10
34: 14/24 -10

I bought the Kaplan Logic Games Workbook because of price and availability, but the questions in there seemed pretty contrived and I was unhappy with it. So last Saturday I tracked down a copy of the LG bible, drove 30 miles and picked up the one copy that store had. I finished it a few days ago and took my first practice LSAT since then (Oct 2004, preptest 45).

Result: ZERO MISSED in LG and FIVE MINUTES TO SPARE in that section. This contrasted with earlier performances of finishing two games, half-finishing another and guessing on the rest in minute 34. Now I know the later preptests are supposed to have easier LG sections than the old ones, so that probably contributed to the gain, but still, a major improvement. I won't know what my average gain is until I knock out a bunch more preptests. But I'm thinking it'll be around a 4-5 point LSAT average gain.

Conclusion: If you're at all shaky on LG (meaning you regularly run out of time or miss more than 3-4 questions) you should seriously consider buying this book. The only people I would suggest not buy this book are the people who really should take a class instead of self-study.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/097212960X/sr=8-1/qid=1156009743/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-2251723-0229523?ie=UTF8

Sorry if I sound like a fanboy for this book but it makes me sad to see people struggling with the LG section, but who may not think about getting this book because of the high price tag relative to other LG prep books.


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Thanks for the replies. I'm sorry, it sounds like I wasn't clear in my original post. The schools I mentioned are already on my list, except for SMU which I'm not interested in. At the moment my top choice is UT, regionally followed by Tulane and U Arizona. It all depends on how my LSAT goes and where I get money. I'm also applying to a few T10's, so if I get money somewhere like that, that'll shake things up a bit. What I was hoping to do here was get a few more options, but now I think that my choices are pretty much set until after the LSAT.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana
« on: August 08, 2006, 09:59:00 PM »
Hi folks, first post, nice board, all that :)

My UGPA is 3.93 and I'm sitting for the Sept 2006 LSAT. My practice scores have been from 167-176 and I'm assuming I'll get between 165-170 on the real thing. My wife and I are planning to settle down long-term in one of the major cities in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, or Louisiana. My goal is public service so scholarships are very important to me. While I will probably be able to qualify for T14, hefty scholarships might not happen depending on how the LSAT goes, so I would like to have a number of lower T1 schools in mind to shoot for money.

What's bumming me out is that there don't seem to be any T1 schools in the four states mentioned above, other than UT, until we get down to Tulane/SMU/U Arizona right at the T1/T2 border. I'm not a slave to the USNWR rankings but I'm hoping for some middle ground.

What I'm asking is, are there any sub-T14 T1 schools other than UT/Tulane/SMU/U Arizona which have particularly good reputations in my target areas? I've ruled out Alabama since my wife doesn't want to live there for three years. I'm also not too excited about California schools. Are NC/GA/FL schools too far away to be useful as regional names?

Am I missing anything?

Thanks!

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