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Personal Statement / Re: Here's my intro... pls read and comment
« on: September 30, 2007, 10:23:56 PM »
I like the Option A.  It has a more positive vibe, and highlights your strengths as a person and mother rather than your struggles as a pregnant teenager.

I would work on the transition between the second and third sentences; there's a touch of confusion there about the timeline.

Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Ideal Approach to Logic Games
« on: September 30, 2007, 10:20:35 PM »
If you can afford the Logic Games Bible by PowerScore, get it.  I own LSAT prep books from three different companies, and PowerScore's approach to the Games section is by far the most comprehensive and accessible I've seen.  30 days should be plenty of time to go through the book once or twice and get ready for a flurry of practice sessions in the week before the test.

Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT misconduct?
« on: September 30, 2007, 03:28:31 PM »
Worry about yourself and get your score. Why do you care what the person next to you did? I bet you were not focused. And your score will show that. This is not a compeittion. You are in competition with yourself. Not the people in your test center.

Usually I try to put at least one sentence between contradictory statements.


How? Your  goal should not be to get a better score than the other people in the room. Just get the highest score you can.

You should not be looking at someone else.

What a horrible argument. If there are some who decide not to follow the rules and grant themselves extra time to fill in answers after time is called then other people are getting the highest score they can by cheating. They should be treated like cheaters and have that section of their score disqualified--no excuses. I can get the highest score I can by continuing to work past when time is called, but I don't because those are the rules. Ever scored a really high raw number on an untimed test and then bombed a test with strict tracking of time? It's the same principal only on a smaller scale. It's extra time and it should not be granted to or taken by anyone because it does improve your score unfairly over others. Are you saying I should start working past when time is called because that would allow me to get the highest score I can because others are and unfairly maximizing their ability to get the highest score they can? I can look at anyone else I want when time is called because I put my pencil down and they decided not to in order to get the highest score they can. I'm not arguing that you shouldn't worry about yourself; I'm saying there should be stricter punishments for people who just don't want to follow the rules. You know you stop and put your pencils down when your proctor calls time... what am I missing?

You should try to get the highest score you can, and then after all that hard work, time, effort, and following of the rules your score can get diluted by someone who decided he/she wanted to grant himself/herself a little extra time to fill in some answers after the 35-minute time limit. Must be nice!

This is part of the thinking of the bigger problem I was talking about earlier in this thread...

Cheating is wrong because it tends to lead to scores that are objectively comparable to those received by other test takers, yet are the product of a mechanism that exists outside of the parameters under which other test takers earned their scores. We can all agree on this, I think.

However, there is a problem: if all test takers perform some action that is technically cheating, then it seems logical to posit that the action itself is a de facto component of the test's parameters, even though it is not officially sanctioned. In this instance, one could make a very strong argument that there is nothing inherently wrong with performing said action.

Admittedly, not everyone who takes the LSAT performs an action that constitutes cheating. However, as evidenced by this thread, a certain percentage of test takers are guilty of bubbling in empty questions several seconds after time is called. At what point does covertly bubbling in blank questions become an unofficial, but nonetheless present, component of the test's parameters? That is to say, if X percentage of test takers are doing it, then is it still inherently wrong?

HA. So what percentage must X percentage reach before an action that is undeniably cheating becomes permissible? Your second paragraph states that if "all test takers perform some action that is technically cheating," but your third paragraph states a percentage requirement from the total test takers as a measure of its inherent right or wrong. Hm... percentage and total amount...

So if 100 percent of people bubble in answers after time is called, which would never occur, that action would be inherently right? When does the percentage of people who do a certain action stop being wrong and cheating and start being right and permissible? Just curious so I can start doing it (not really) when the percentage inches above the acceptable and right threshold for an action that is normally considered cheating and irregular. Hey, just keep not following the rules everyone, and eventually we'll all be able to fill in bubbles after time is called. They can't stop us!
Why do people insist on misusing "inherently?"  I feel like it's become one of those modifiers people just tack on to their sentences in order to have a few more big words in their speech.  His entire point was that it becomes a de facto component of taking the test, not an inherent one.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Good luck tomorrow!!!
« on: September 28, 2007, 11:02:29 AM »
Good luck to everyone.

May your mind be quick and your pencil sharp,
your inferences valid and your bubbles dark.
May your proctor be friendly and your testmates too,
And may all the right answers be present in you.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Senator Hillary Clinton is Lying?
« on: September 28, 2007, 01:45:20 AM »
is someone promising to keep the troops in iraq until the end of her first term IF she were elected lly?
Does it bother you that no-one can ever understand what the @#!* you're saying?

I'm not taking the test, but I think the most appropriate music I think would be the theme to Shaft.

Damn right.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Could be vs Not Necesarily
« on: September 27, 2007, 10:15:45 PM »

The same song I always listen to when I need inspiration: "I Want to Conquer the World" by Bad Religion.

But Remember the Name is good too.

And anything by the Lillingtons.

tag so I can read this whenever I need a reminder that there are dumber shits out there than me.

RC.  I'll need all the practice I can get.

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