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Studying for the LSAT / Re: encouragement needed... just BOMBED a preptest
« on: November 01, 2007, 11:31:17 AM »
I got a 161 once after i'd hit the 170 mark, even with a 164 diag.  Don't worry it happens to everyone, and in the unlikely event that happens on the real day (the more practice the more unlikely), you can always retake

Studying for the LSAT / Re: speeding up RC
« on: October 31, 2007, 02:39:52 PM »
You may already be doing this, but I'd suggest minimal underlining/notes, if any at all.  I found that not only did it take time to go back and underline something, but that I spent more of my concentration on deciding what might be of future use to underline than actually paying the requisite attention to the passage, and always had to re-read more than I should have.  I just decided to ditch the pencil and read the passage, and my time improved tremendously.

...refrained from reading any message boards/lsat-related websites the week before the test

...realized this is just like every practice LSAT I've taken before on which i've received a good score, and those people who get worse than their diagnostic are a very small minority if they've prepared well

...taken a sleeping pill (said before, but i concur...if i had tried it before and made sure it didn't screw anything up)

...practiced/reviewed the writing sample more

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Kaplan Course vs Princeton Review Course
« on: October 23, 2007, 02:27:10 PM »
I signed up for Kaplan before I'd ever seen an LSAT test before, because that's what everyone did.  I soon found that the only really useful things Kaplan gave me were structure, interacting with other people taking the LSAT, and good materials---which are all essential and I'd rather have taken the Kaplan course than none at all---but you can get these things without shelling out $1200.

Kaplan is for people with mid-range scores trying to move up a bit, but I think that even some of them were more confused after Kaplan and/or harmed by the you-must-follow-our-techniques-exactly attitude (if you take any course, ignore that dogma).  I got a 164 on the diagnostic, and so the classes were a complete waste of time--my improvement was mostly the result of my own effort.  Whatever you do, take at least 20 full-length, timed, practice tests if you're serious about the LSAT.

I can't speak for PR experience, but I think it's pretty much the same as Kaplan.  I've heard better things about PowerScore and Test Masters, particularly from students trying to score high, but I can't speak for them either.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Why the hell do people transfer scores?!
« on: October 20, 2007, 01:40:40 PM »
For me, my scores and residual time to review each section the LSAT improved markedly as I decided to transfer scores by page or section.  I never misbubbled this way, and my time was not adversely affected.

The reason I think I did better this way is that I'd feel less paranoid skipping a question that turned into a time sink.  If I marked as I went, I had this fear that I'd forget to come back to the question, or I'd screw up the bubbling--however irrational those fears were, they dragged down performance.  Transferring answers in batches helped to soothe this fear for me, and allowed me to manage my time better. 

I also thought we'd have small desks that would make as-go bubbling more difficult, luckily we had nice new tables installed.

But, different strategies work better for different people.  Why get worked up because somebody is comfortable taking the same test a different way?

Law School Admissions / Re: 2007-2008 Splitters?
« on: October 20, 2007, 01:15:12 PM »
Above 75% LSAT and below 25% GPA for all of the t14.

GPA: 3.43
LSAT: 178

F-ing freshman year, what was I thinking taking Physiology?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Informal LSAT Stats
« on: October 20, 2007, 12:13:40 PM »
(A) 164
(B) Kaplan Course (before I knew better, useless), PowerScore Bibles, several pacing sections--especially RC, and about 20-25 or so practice tests.
(C) 169-180*
(D) 178 :D

*But the peak on tests administered after 2003-ish was 177 on the June 07 test, more recent tests were mostly in 171-173 range.  I got a few 161-162's and a 167, but before I started to get into the swing of the LSAT.

178!!!  ;D ;D ;D

I'm shocked, I did much better than I thought. 
-2 RC and -1 LR.

Missed the stupid comparative law/history question (Which of A/B is in profession blah blah blah), the author's attitude question in the last RC passage (I could have made an argument either way), and the "Graham argues question..." (legitimately screwed up).

I'm also pissed being one question off 180, but I'll take it.

Yay!  Took the test at the University of Washington in Seattle, just barely filled.

I've had dashes off and on for the past couple weeks, don't get too excited.  I guess they like to change it up over there at LSAC.

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