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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Changing LSAT scores
« on: August 18, 2004, 11:21:37 AM »
The second test was rated easier so the scores were adjusted down.  I think 150-151 is always set as 50th percentile and then the rest of the scale determined from this.  The conversion is based on the results of that particular test - meaning if 50% of the people got 90 questions right then a 90 would equate to a 150 and you would have a huge spread for the last 11 questions (one wrong may only be a 177).  It's a way to standardize scores from multiple test/years so someone's 165 in 1999 will roughly equate to a 165 in 2004.

A two point swing is nothing in practice tests.  LSAC reports a score band of 6 points so you should expect to see at least this much variation in your tests.  I saw a ten point range myself during prep tests.  What you want is a trend upwards over time - ie 164, 162, 166, 165, 168, 163, 170, 167 etc.


But I still can't hold a candle to dsong

don't quit the class
don't quit your job
don't worry about the diagnostic - they don't mean squat - only the real test counts
I had a full time job, two kids, a wife going to school, etc.. when I prepped for the June exam.
ended up with a 172
think how great it will be to get it over with
as the saying goes, you don't have to like it, you just have to do it

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Anybody watching the Olympics?
« on: August 16, 2004, 08:16:52 PM »
You gotta love the giant joint they lit during the opening ceremonies.

I was going to try to give you lots of advice, but I boiled it down to practice, practice, practice.  At a minimum try to spend 45 minutes once or twice a day working a section timed, scoring it, and reviewing what you missed.  Work the earlier test and move to the later ones, they'll be closer to what you'll see in October.  Set a pace and learn to track it.  For example, LR gives you roughly 80 seconds per question.  I learned to recognize when I was falling behind pace and stop spending time on hard questions - narrow the choices, take your best guess and move on.  Don't skip questions in the LR, it wastes time and you won't be able to go back, reread it and put more thought into it than you did the first time.  The pencil tracking in RC helps a lot with focus and keeping you place.  Occasionally in LG, later questions will give you a clue to earlier ones, so you may try skipping a question in a scenario, but once you leave the group, don't go back.

Don't worry if you choke on a practice exam - my practice scores spanned 12 points and I ended up higher on the actual than any of my practice.

Sorry, I did end up giving lots of advice - feel free to ignore any of it and good luck.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Pencil?
« on: August 15, 2004, 07:26:53 PM »
When I took the June 14th LSAT, the proctor walked around at the last minute and snagged a couple bottles of water from people.  I didn't see anything else taken, just water.  I had a small bag with Kleenex, pencils, etc. and I think you'll be fine if you keep it out and aren't digging through a backpack during the test.  You should be able to call ahead to the site and see what specific rules they have.

Law School Admissions / Re: When do schools start accepting apps?
« on: August 15, 2004, 07:21:37 PM »
Sorry, I'm not in the same class as the rest of you top ten hunters.  All I know is IU applications open on 9/1

Law School Admissions / Re: When do schools start accepting apps?
« on: August 15, 2004, 03:25:53 PM »
Some start September 1

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Pencil?
« on: August 15, 2004, 03:23:58 PM »
Can't bring in water - proctor will take it.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: How much education?
« on: August 15, 2004, 03:20:57 PM »
There was one pro-student when I was doing my undergrad - he was like 32, working on his 3rd or 4th undergrad, being an RA in the dorm, working in the cafeteria - don't know if it was a huge fear of the real world or just smarter than the rest of us.

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