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I think that is great advice (increasing reading speed via increasing amount of reading). I just implemented that method into my studying. I got a book on systems biology and American Lit. (two sub-topics of subjects I hate on the LSAT) which I'm going to read in the next two weeks.

Law School Applications / Re: A+ = 4.33 - What's your take?
« on: July 13, 2007, 09:22:12 PM »
Not at all. I think that preference goes to the hard sciences and engineering.

Law School Applications / Re: A+ = 4.33 - What's your take?
« on: July 13, 2007, 08:51:01 PM »
I'm not really sure why you think that philosophy majors are favored in the admissions process.  And although I don't think it is justified for Ivy League schools to have grade inflation, I do think it is foolish to argue that the quality of the undergraduate institution should not be a factor in the admissions process.

Constantly reading extremely complicated, convoluted philosophy essays and being familiar with various forms of logic does, I feel, give an advantage to philosophy majors (of course, there are exceptions to every rule). Of LSAT-takers I personally know (about 30 or so), about 2/3 of those who scored 90th percentile+ were philosophy majors. And I know a person's major is only one of many factors that play into his/her LSAT score, but not to acknowledge at least a slight philosophy advantage is foolish. It should be noted that I did not intend to say that law schools shouldn't take into account the prestige (prestige doesn't necessarily mean quality) of an undergraduate institution, that's ridiculous. My point was that they take that prestige into account even when they know a certain school has a grade inflation problem.  

Law School Applications / Re: A+ = 4.33 - What's your take?
« on: July 13, 2007, 08:33:08 PM »

1.   I am going into my junior year with a high GPA, so this is not a "my GPA sucks and I can't fix it, so I'm going to find ways to whine about it" rant.

2.   You make a good point about the fact that if they give out A+ís they also give out A-Ďs. Unfortunately for me, I go to a school that has +/- grading w/o A+ís.

3.   The degree to which schoolsí grading scales vary is enough unfairness for me, no need for  LSAC to perpetuate that inequality.

4.   Your GPA and LSAT kick ass gpbne, I salute you.

In the end, I agree with the point that such is life. Either way we are going to be kicking ass and taking names as attorneys, and this will all be a distant memory.

Law School Applications / Re: A+ = 4.33 - What's your take?
« on: July 13, 2007, 08:07:33 PM »
Meh, I found it in good taste because it was so very ironic.

Law School Applications / Re: A+ = 4.33 - What's your take?
« on: July 13, 2007, 08:00:41 PM »
Lol, touchť. I CONCEDE UFBAL.

Law School Applications / A+ = 4.33 - What's your take?
« on: July 13, 2007, 07:52:49 PM »
So over the course of learning the various in-and-outs of the whole LS process the most shocking revelation has to be the fact that LSAC converts A+'s to 4.33. Personally, this pisses me off. Seriously. Apparently a 98-100 at certain schools is considered an A+, but my school (along with many of my friends') doesn't give out A+'s. Not to be conceited, but many classes I found myself in the 98-100 bracket. So, essentially, LSAC is giving a substantial advantage to students at schools who give out A+'s. I understand that UG GPA is not regarded as fair or equal, and the LSAT is supposedly an equalizer (i.e. puts everyone on an even playing field), but seeing people with a 4.22 GPA while knowing my GPA would be substantially higher if A+ís were given out at my school really irks me. So, I guess what Iím saying is that Iím a bitter s.o.b. and I am wondering if you think giving an advantage to a select number of students is fair to the admissions process (now that I think about it, not much with this process is fair: AA, a standardized test w/ tons of admission weight heavily favoring philosophy majors, law schools favoring Ivey League schools even  though many (I realize not all) are renowned for grade inflation).

*This is merely my opinion in an open-ended question format. I am NOT planning on writing an addendum about this (that would do nothing but falsely portray me as having a whinny disposition).

So I've been running into a little trouble with RC. I read all the threads regarding RC but was wondering what past LSAT-takers actually did on the test. Did you write out one-sentence summaries of each paragraph? Underline/highlight main points? Note various points of view? I just find myself having serious time issues when I write ANYTHING out. Should I just practice on my comprehension of the material, as to allow me to mentally note the aforementioned strategies. All help/insight is appreciated.

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