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Studying for the LSAT / Re: After the Diagnostic...
« on: August 09, 2007, 09:57:20 PM »
Yes, I read both.  I think both probably helped me tremendously but I'm a bit disappointed with my score.  Hopefully just practicing and reviewing will bring it up.  I'm thinking about re-reading the LRB.  LGB was a lifesaver, seriously.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When will I see improvement??
« on: August 09, 2007, 09:51:26 PM »
I think you've done enough practice tests for the moment and have an idea of where you're at (at least 160 and if you're lucky over 167).  Learn what the bibles have to say and then see where it takes you. 

Studying for the LSAT / After the Diagnostic...
« on: August 09, 2007, 09:47:21 PM »
I've completed my first diagnostic test - the free one on from October 1996.  I did it timed and did not go over at all.  I've learned that I'll need to speed up my reading for the RC and LR sections and that I am pretty well set on the LG section.  My goal on test day is to score ~174.  I know after reading posts here that one should be scoring 3 points higher than that pretty consistently to expect to have any shot at such a score.  My problem, however, comes from a lack of reference material.  I did pretty great on the LG and RC sections (-2 and -3 respectively) but the LR section is messing me up.  Unfortunately, I've already used the LRB and when I go back to it I feel that I'm not learning anything that I don't already know. 

As I've only taken this test so far (and dabbled in parts of a couple others), should I expect my LR to naturally get better or is there some resource besides the LRB that I could make use of?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: IF YOU'RE STUDYING FOR THE LSAT...
« on: August 09, 2007, 09:36:25 PM »
If there are ~60 tests, you shouldn't be running out.  If you do and are not achieving your desired scores, you're not studying right.  You shouldn't just be rushing through the tests.  Each test should be followed by a comprehensive review of the questions (even those that you got correct) and a look through reference materials or a visit to LSD, if necessary. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When will I see improvement??
« on: August 09, 2007, 09:15:47 PM »
In my case at least, grasping the games and being able to do them on time took about 3 weeks of somewhat diligent studying.  In the beginning I could never complete a game on time and had some of the same feelings as you; as I've done more practice problems and used the LGB, I've gotten to the point where I am capable of completing the games section (on older tests where the games were trickier) on time and only missing ~2.  I would suggest NOT using the newer tests that you might have boughten right now if the LG section is your main weakness.  IMO, if you can master the older LG sections, you'll have absolutely no problem with the newer sections.  Try doing one or two tests untimed and you will start to see the patterns hopefully.  Whatever you do, don't go for time before you're capable of setting up and answering the games accurately. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: IF YOU'RE STUDYING FOR THE LSAT...
« on: August 09, 2007, 09:10:27 PM »
I agree with the above posters.  How are you supposed to know which ones you got wrong, or more importantly, why you got them wrong?  Every study source/guide I've seen says that you should take practice exams and find out where you're messing up.  Taking test after test seems like you'll just make the same mistakes each time.

Law School Admissions / Re: How to increase speed?
« on: August 09, 2007, 04:53:24 PM »
I have been practicing for quite some times now. If I do it faster, I tend to misunderstand the question.  Worse with Logical Reasoning.  I am really really slow with Reading. 

How are you doing on each section untimed?  The verdict seems to be that you should focus first on accuracy to the point that you aren't missing more than 1 or 2 per section.  Once there, get a timer and don't look at it at all, but time yourself so you can find out how long it naturally takes you to complete a section.  With a clear time and goal in mind, begin to slowly decrease the amount of time it takes to complete a section.

Law School Admissions / Re: Is an undergrad public school a handicap?
« on: August 09, 2007, 02:02:25 PM »
People, people, you've both made for an interesting discussion.  Let's just shake hands and be friends.   :-*

Law School Admissions / Re: Got my LSDA's GPA...
« on: August 09, 2007, 01:41:17 PM »
I'm confused.  So if LSDA thinks your school is grade inflated it can treat your grades differently? 

Law School Admissions / Re: How to increase speed?
« on: August 09, 2007, 01:21:22 PM »
How long have you been doing practice tests?  You will probably notice a natural increase in speed as you continue to practice and become familiar with how to quickly set up games and how to quickly attack certain questions (could be true, must be true, etc.)

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