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« on: February 04, 2008, 07:41:05 PM »
i think i would have remembered an octopus, i did have two separate questions about heart disease tho, one about vitamin C and one about stress,
LR LG LR break RC LR

for me the 3 LRs were all equal, not one was harder or easier than the others, whch would help to figure out the experimental for me (last time the RC that was experimental was much easier)

the furniture one was a little weird, i did have to guess on one or two, the RC seemed really easy and I blew threw it which is rare for me.  The test seemed easier than Sept and Dec, do you think the curve will be a lot tighter as a result?  Could it matter that much? 

From my experience the Sabbath test has ALWAYS been different from the Saturday tests, and even within the Sabbath test there are different forms.  I really give LSAC more credit than to think they would give people the same test that are taking it two days later than others. 

Law School Admissions / will they wait for me?
« on: February 04, 2008, 05:24:21 PM »
Okay so after the third attempt at this test, I can finally say that I walked away confident in a reasonably good score, one that will reflect what I was getting on PTs.  It also helped that I was admitted to two schools walking into the test, to boost the confidence level.

A few things I worked on, in case anyone is in this retaking mode -
diaphragmatic breathing
a med prescribed from the doc for lowering blood pressure
making sure to complete the first 10 LR questions in 10 minutes, keeping to 8 min per game and 8 min per RC passage

My question (s) - if a school is in the process of evaluating my file and see that i have sat for the feb test, will they wait?  If my file looks good enough with my current scores would they just accept me now or do they have to wait?  (this doesn't make sense to me because I was admitted to some schools already, but other schools that I am basically auto-admit have not accepted me yet)
If I get a rejection before the score is released, can I sort of repeal and say, "oh but you didn't look at this score?"
Should I call them to tell them to wait specifically, because I have a feeling that they will already have the information that another score will be coming?
If a school does not accept Feb scores, will a better score effect being moved up on a possible waitlist?

Does anyone have advice about this, possibly from previous years?  Specifically for:
Boalt (I can dream, can't I?)

Please please respond if you have any knowledge about February test acceptances!! thank you

« on: February 04, 2008, 03:43:14 PM »
i know i didnt have an octopus question...

for the lg i had two parks with different trees, people moving furniture, and two others

for those of you taking feb 2008 and ordered the dec 2007 lsat, do you think we will be receiving it on time? im kinda banking on having that extra new test this week for practice....what do you think?
if i dont get it monday i think im gonna call LSAC, in the past, does the most recent test get sent out before the next test administration date?

kor, i am not kidding when i say this - i took that same test today, did horribly, like 15 pts lower than my normal/high PT scores, there must be something in the air. you're not alone.  im also takin in feb, this is a retake.

the LG was pretty easy, i got a perfect score on that section, but the LR seemed ridiculous, I am usually able to guess what a flaw or assumption will be before going to the answers, but it was so off on this test.

i have only one more fresh test saved, im determined to rock that one.  i think maybe doing badly will even force me into the element and to take it more seriously.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Who else has got some major test anxiety?
« on: January 16, 2008, 09:25:06 PM »
prop - do you know of other ppl who have taken it for this purpose?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Who else has got some major test anxiety?
« on: January 16, 2008, 08:55:34 PM »
fyi the doc prescribed a beta blocker, lowers blood pressure, normlly given to actors who have issues with stagefright, taking the first PT with the meds tomorrow

Studying for the LSAT / Re: For those LSAT Retakers
« on: January 15, 2008, 02:58:55 PM »
I have the same problem, I've taken all 51 tests, some of them more than once, and some I think 3 times already.  If for nothing else, hopefully it will help my confidence levels. 
The weirdest thing is that I never remember which ones I got wrong the time before, and sometimes I second guess myself with the thinking that "oh I think I got that one wrong last time, this must be the right answer" - and half the time I was right all along.
Doing the games over helps with speed, finding deductions, even if you are familiar with the game you won't remember the exact right answers, and it can show you the patterns that they typically use in structuring the games.
I still have two tests that I haven't seen, Sept 2007 and Dec 2007 that I am holding till the end.
Maybe you can work on doing the sections in a shorter amount of time, to take away the advantage of somewhat remembering the questions.
I do feel however that many of the flaws that they use are repeated, and that looking over the arguments repeatedly will help you to see what kinds of holes they make in the arguments, how they like to use evidence for weakening/strengthening etc.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Who else has got some major test anxiety?
« on: January 14, 2008, 02:09:19 PM »
At this point I think the meds would even help me calm down during these next few weeks.  I can't really figure out what else could be giving me a 10 point decrease on the real day.  Isn't that much more than "normal?"  After two failed attempts, my psyche is even more wary, and is now under the impression that the same thing will happen yet again. 
How do I not get caught up trying to figure out which section is the experimental?  How do I let go of a section once its over, if that section didn't go so great?
My questions aren't about how to answer an assumption question, I know to do that.  All the people who I have spoken with have given me advice like, "just breathe" or "try to calm down." Obviously I was breathing and trying to calm down!  Anything else?

Studying for the LSAT / Who else has got some major test anxiety?
« on: January 13, 2008, 05:56:04 PM »
Gearing up for the third and final shot at this test...first and second test I got the same exact score.  My PTs were consistently 10 points higher than my real test score, so I wasn't so happy with my score.

The first test I bugged out during the RC section, didn't finish in time but balanced it out with a great LG section.
Second time around I did slightly better on the RC but was so nervous that blew the LG and ended up with the same score.

One of the things that I realized was that I am much more prone to guessing on PTs but on the real thing was obsessed with checking and rechecking answers, which slowed me down alot.

I'm using virtual proctor which I hope is helping.

I'm seeing a doc on Tues to talk about taking something for the anxiety, wanted to see if anyone else out there has seen such huge drops in PTs to the real thing, and if anyone else had spoke to professionals about taking something to help with anxiety issues?

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