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Studying for the LSAT / Re: diagnostic score versus actual score
« on: May 04, 2008, 05:24:55 PM »
What really helped me out was repeatedly taking full practice tests.  That taught me effective time management and question selection skills.  Once I broke the 160 barrier, I never dropped below it.

That's what kills me sometimes.  I have a terrible time just "letting go" when I hit a problem that I can't get.  It's so hard for me to just forget it and move on.

My first cold Diagnostic was a 158, I'm waiting on the results of my second one after about a month of working on my own.  I would just assume that most diagnostic scores would be higher than the real thing simply because it's hard to make a completely accurate copy of the test.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: We're next! So who is taking in June?
« on: May 04, 2008, 05:21:43 PM »
Started prepping today and made a nice calendar.  Last June I ended up taking around 12 tests in about two weeks so I'm trying not to go that route again.

What didn't you like about that?  After my Kaplan class gets done, I'm planning on trying to take a full test nearly every single day for the 2-3 weeks I have until the actual test.  No Good?

"Cold" Diagnostics: 155, 153, 153 (respectively)
After Studying on my own for about 2 weeks: 158

I take the initial Diagnostic for my Kaplan course tommorrow.  I've been studying for another 3/4 weeks now on my own.  here's hoping...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When to start timing myself on problems?
« on: April 09, 2008, 05:07:31 PM »
Take it timed from the very beginning. When the timer goes off, draw a big black line under the last question you answered. Take the rest of the section and time yourself to see how long it takes.

When you tally your score at the end, make a column for your "timed" score and a column for your "untimed" score. Also take note of how far overtime you went-- finishing in 37 minutes is much different than finishing in 45.

I always thought the timed and untimed scores were beneficial because (1) I got to practice all the questions on the test in as little time as possible, (2) I could determine my potential, and (3) the untimed scores were always higher than the timed scores and really motivated me to cut my time down.

See my thing is, I'm still at the point where I'll start a game and have no idea where to even start.  I'm starting to figure out though that once I learn how to diagram those they become much easier.  I guess I don't really think I'm ready to be timed on whole tests yet.

That being said, I obviously recognize the important of putting pressure on yourself to take your sweet time on questions.  I think I'm going to start timing myself on Sunday, by which point I'll have finished a substantial amount of material so I'll at least have a clue how to attack most problems.  Thanks for the advice all.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: We're next! So who is taking in June?
« on: April 06, 2008, 05:03:19 PM »
Hey all,

I'm pretty new to the boards, but I've been lurking for the last few months.  Just found this thread, and I'm signed up for the June LSAT.

Good luck to everyone...  Let's get it done with already.

Studying for the LSAT / When to start timing myself on problems?
« on: April 06, 2008, 05:01:58 PM »
I've been hearing some mixed thing about timing myself when practicing for LSAT problems.  I'm hoping I can get some advice.

I'm taking the June LSAT.  As of right now, (about 2 months out) I've gone through the LR Bible once, and taken two diagnostics (155, 158, respectively).  I signed up for a Kaplan class that starts in early May.  After enrolling in the course they mailed me a huge box with books and books of additional practice I can do on my own time.  I started these last week.

As I'm far from mastery in any one of the three sections, I had heard the best way to start off is to work through the excercises in each section untimed.  I've just been plugging away at my own pace, and then going through all of the answer explainations to see what I'm doing wrong.  I heard from someone on the boards that this is an unwise strategy, as I'm putting no pressure on myself to get through the problems at a quick pace.

What do you guys think?  At what point is it a good idea to start timing myself on each of the three sections, or am I already passed that point?  Should I being doing entire timed sections?  Or maybe smaller groups?  Thanks in advance.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Which test prep course is better?
« on: April 04, 2008, 03:05:25 PM »
I'm going to take the Oct. LSAT and the time has come to start studying!.  I've decided to take a full-length prep course and was about to sign up for The Princeton Review's Hyperlearning course (84 hours).  Now I'm researching Powerscore and TestMasters.  Does anyone have an opinion or can offer advice?  $1100-$1300 is a lot of spend and I just want to make sure I put my money in the right course.  Also, any other test prep materials anyone can recommend would be great...I'm aware of the bibles.  Thanks!

Is there any reason you're not considering taking the Kaplan course?  They offer it over at St. Thomas' law school.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Register for LSAT
« on: April 04, 2008, 03:02:15 PM »
If you already know when you want to take it, I don't see why you wouldn't register ASAP.  Around here there are more popular test locations, which obviously fill up a lot faster than other locations.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: June LSAT vs. October LSAT
« on: April 04, 2008, 02:58:50 PM »
I pretty much faced the same choice you did, and ultimately decided on taking it this June.  You've got extra time for a possibly needed retake, as well as one less thing to focus on the semester you'll be filling out all those apps.

Good luck either way.

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