I'm getting ready to start my prep for the June '06 test and I'm shooting for 170+. To all those out there with 170+, would you mind answering the following questions?
1. Self-Study or Course (if so, which)?
2. Depending on your answer to number 1, would you have done the same if retaking?
3. How long (hours and days/months) did you study in total?
4. Are there any tips/advice you have after going through the process for someone just starting his prep?
2) Yes - it's cheaper!
3) about 2.5 months started in March - took about half of May off and took the June exam. Worked through 13 actual exams, LSAT 180, and the LSAC triple prep book. Tried to spend 45-90 minutes 4 nights a week with 2-3 hours on the weekend.
4) study in a semi-noisy environment - it will improve your concentration during the actual. I'd recommend taking all the test timed, you learn how to pace yourself. I tried to work one section every night - 35 minutes of test time and then 10-30 mintues of review of the wrong AND the right answers. Double up on your weak sections, spend more time testing those and reviewing them. If you are scoring 165+, IMO you are understanding the problems, you are just running out of time and need to develop your pacing better. You cannot hit 170+ and not try all the questions. Beware of books that tell you to skip, that's not the way to a 99th percentile score. Take time off from studying, not just a day, several days and a weekend or two. The morning of the test, read a couple RC sections, don't worry about answering them, you just need to warm up your brain and get in the mode of reading harder material.
Above all, remember that once you get in to law school, no one will care about your LSAT. I haven't had anybody ask me yet during 1L.