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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Canceling question
« on: October 19, 2004, 09:29:20 PM »
Hello, all. This is an absolutely huge bump, but I just wanted to drop a line. This past summer I spent a lot of time here torturing myself over whether to take the exam and, subsequently, whether or not to cancel. I ended up doing both, and I don't have regrets about either.

Since then, I took the TestMasters class and spent a lot of time with the Logic Games Bible and a mound of practice tests. In terms of both my practice scores and the level of comfort I had going in this past October, everything really paid off. After giving myself a couple weeks to relax in June, I found that I felt much more attuned to the material once I started back with my studies. Also, as far as the actual test goes, the testing environment the second time around was not nearly as intimidating or stressful as it was back in June (obviously).

Of course I still don't know my score, and I'll never realize the true improvement I made because I'll never know how I did in June. However, I did want to thank yall for the advice back then and let yall know that I'm still alive.

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Personal Statement / Read my PS....please.
« on: July 01, 2004, 02:42:43 PM »
If anyone would like to ready my PS, I could really use the advice. I wrote this about a week ago, and so far I've sent it to one wonderful girl on this board. I'm at a point right now where I'm trying to decide if my overall idea/theme is okay so that I can plow forward w/ making it better-suited for law school admissions. Any sort of crticisms/corrections are welcome--from adding commas, to just telling me which parts sound stupid or unappealing.

If you are decent with this sort of stuff, I could really use your opinions and criticisms before I waste any more time on it.

Email me if you're willing....thanks.

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Studying for the LSAT / Question on PowerScore LG Bible
« on: June 29, 2004, 12:30:04 PM »
How necessary is the LG Setups Guide? I already bought the LG Bible, and I'm about to start working on that--is the Setups Guide just as helpful?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Canceling question
« on: June 18, 2004, 04:29:13 PM »
No offense taken at all; that is a very good question...

I had heard from a lot of people here that you want to wait and marinate on the test before you fully decide to cancel. That being said, I went in planning to cancel so I would've been just as well bubbling it in. Two things prevented that:

1. I did have second thoughts...I felt like I got close to 100% on one LG section, and close to 80% on another. LG has always been the X factor for me--do well on LG and I'm looking at mid 160s, do poorly and it drops it about 5 points. Nevertheless, knowing that I did well on at least those two sections made me want to wait. First, I found out that the easier LG section was the experimental. Second, I just had time to think about the rest of the test. The first section, which was LR for me, really threw me...I was kind of freaking out at first, chiefly bc going in with the intent of canceling just screwed with my head...also bc my test anxiety is just naturally off the charts...nevertheless, on that section my timing was so off--I ended up having to guess like the last 4, which I've never had to do before. Moreover, I just had time to think about the next couple months and totally decide that I'm ready to sacrifice a hell of a lot of time (and money, too). I had to fully convince myself that not only do I have lots of potential but, moreover, that I'm going to capitalize on it...

2. Canceling sucks...I don't know if I speak for anyone else here, but it takes a lot to fill out that form, fax it in, and get it over with--I had to draw the process out to make it easier...I had to fill out the form, let it sit on my desk at work for a couple days, think about its implications, and then finally get the balls to send it in and be done with it...

I'm sure you weren't looking for this big of an explanation...it's easy to rant about...

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Studying for the LSAT / Canceling question
« on: June 18, 2004, 03:05:49 PM »
Does anyone know whether or not you're supposed to receive some sort of confirmation of the cancelation? I faxed mine in a couple days ago but no word back.

There has to be some way to verify that it went through....right?

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Studying for the LSAT / When you cancel
« on: June 15, 2004, 04:08:40 PM »
Do you still find out your score or anything else about your performance? That would definitely suck...unless you did real bad...

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What schools require such letters? I've heard that most schools don't care if you cancel once--only when you do it multiple times do they get somewhat concerned. Did I hear wrong?

I've also heard that cancelling is good if you don't think you did as well as you could/should have. With your score following you around for 5 years, it seems like you'd be best off cancelling if you didn't perform. Is this not true?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: June LSAT questions
« on: June 15, 2004, 01:32:19 PM »
I took it here in DC where I'm working for the summer. If (and when) I take it in October I'll probably opt to take it in Jacksonville. October 2 is a gameday in Gainesville so I feel like that won't provide the most conducive environment to a solid testing experience.

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Studying for the LSAT / June LSAT questions
« on: June 15, 2004, 01:21:48 PM »
I took the advice of a few on this board and took the test with the plan of cancelling and taking a course for October.

I was so freakin excited on my games section. I finished it with about 4 minutes left and that never happens for me. Just my luck, I come in after the break to see the "real" games section. It wasn't as easy...I somehow got through the artwork one, but the food one just kept making me hungry...I love falaffel!

The biggest bummer of all was the first LR. It was my first section and I spent a good 2 minutes on the first question! I know its supposed to be easy--I usually don't miss any before 12 or so. But I was just freaking out--the words were just that to me--couldn't think about arguments or assumptions or any of that *&^%--just words on a page.

I went in with the plan to cancel, and hearing yall talk about some answers that I now realize I got right makes it tempting to keep...but the fact is, I was never comfortable on the test, I had to guess 3 on RC, 3 on LG, and 4 on my first LR. Take into account 15 moron points and I'm pretty sure I should cancel.

Right?

What do yall think the scale will be like?

And what's the plan of those who are cancelling for getting ready for Oct 2?
 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: My LSAT dilemma
« on: June 13, 2004, 12:20:50 AM »
UGPA is 3.7 in accounting and criminology.

Here's the thing. I've always held that I'd be happy with UF law, and that is definitely still true. However, I used that as a crutch to settle for a score that would merely ensure my acceptance there rather than shooting for the best score possible--hence practice tests galore, no review of my mistakes, and no emphasis on learning strategies and/or techniques. In a way, I feel like I settled way too easily.

Now I'm at the point where I'm starting to feel like if I wait, and just dedicate myself to this test, that I have the ability to open a lot more oppurtunities for law school.

Any thoughts on taking and cancelling, breaking habits formed from 15 preptests, taking testmasters, or my ability to improve?

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