« on: September 12, 2007, 05:11:17 PM »
Someone has to have an opinion, advice, on the difference between the old tests and the new ones!
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Found my recent post about the brute force method vs. the deduction (efficient) method.
lawness, I'm in your same situation, but I'm more concern with not having my LSAC file complete until January and therefore decreasing my chances to get accepted. In general, do you think that we will be in a huge disadvantage over the people who will take the LSAT on September, and have their file completed by October or early November??
So here is the deal. I am not taking the LSAT until December. I have about 20 tests left to study with. I have been through both bibles as well. I have taken an initial timed diagnostic and scored a 156 about two months ago. I am scoring in the 170's untimed now. I know that is not indicative of my timed performance, I just use the tests to examine each type of question. I am beginning to feel comfortable with LR and the question types. RC is a breeze for me and the LG are kind of a hit or miss.I can do well on LG untimed. I have not mastered each type of game yet but I can get them right with all the time in the world. How should I proceed with studying from here? I have about 12 weeks left. Should I take a timed test every week until the real thing? Should I focus on one section until I fully master it? Should I not take another timed test until I have mastered LG? I guess my question is when should I begin to take timed tests consistently?
Any suggestions would be helpful.
What are the issues you are having with LG? Are you getting stuck on a few questions (time traps) and then having trouble finishing the section because you have to speed up after those and go into panic mode and overlook obvious info you have at hand?
Even if you did not form the 'optimal' set-up, questions can still be dealt with.
You will have to scrap around a bit, but that is a necessary skill for games anyway.
Pay attention to which rules and deductions you have that are relevant to the stuff mentioned in the answer choices and drill down. (this also applies to quickly getting to the bottom of local questions quickly)
If an answer (or question stem) talks about P and D, first thing to do is to see what information you have that applies to P and D and go from there by applying those rules and available deductions to it to check it out.
It's like following bread crumbs. Stick to obvious ways to find the path in the approach. If that doesn't work and nothing else clicks, put the question aside quickly so that you don't get trapped in it and sacrifice other opportunities to score other points.
Not that many of the LG questions go very deep. (especially on the current tests)
Get stuck on a few for to long and you sacrifice numerous other easy to grab points on later questions.
Does this apply to your situation?