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How much did this book help you in the Games section? Did any of you complete the PowerScore Logic Games Bible and still do poorly on games?
Did any of you start out doing poorly(2-3 games completed) and then afterwards always have enough time for all of them?

I'm using this info to help in my decision to cancel my score or not. I've taken over 10 LSAT-preptests(most in the last week), and I never seem to score above 18 on games, with some scores as low as 14. The other sections I do much better in.  If this can help me get in the 18-20+ point range it would boost my score into the 168-172 range.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: What to do about canceling?
« on: October 02, 2004, 03:44:31 PM »
I'm thinking that your plan is a good one Katie. If the schools I want to get into only take the best score, then I won't cancel. However, if they average them, then it comes down to what percentage of their class do they admit before January.

Everyone's situation is different, but at least for me, I didn't get the PowerScore books or prepare much more than a couple of weeks. I can destroy any section except for games, and that is what everyone says is easy if you do the PowerScore. I mean, every section is 2-5 wrong except for games, which is anywhere from 5-9. If I could improve there, which it seems is pretty much a simple matter of practicing the games with PowerScore's help, then I should see a 3-7 point increase (realistically) and boost my LSAT thru overall practice in other areas as well.

If you prepared a lot and still scored crappy, then I'm not sure what to say except to follow the formula Katie layed out and make a decision to either hope or fax the form in and cancel.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: What to do about canceling?
« on: October 02, 2004, 02:12:34 PM »
I'm in the same boat as yourself. I averaged about 165, and after bombing the games section I'm pretty sure my maximum(realistic) score is 165, with a more likely score of 162 or so, which isn't what I expected. I'm thinking that it would be much much more important to score higher than it would be to apply early with a low score. Most of the time it's just a numbers game anyway, and if you've got the numbers they won't even care about the rest.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October 2004 LSAT: the aftermath
« on: October 02, 2004, 11:53:42 AM »
Hmm, I must just still suck at games then, because I thought they were relatively difficult. Reading comp is my strength and I had no problems there.

A common complaint I heard was that one or two of the LR sections were damn tough to finish on time, which I agreed with.

Well "no" is probably an exaggeration, but I definitely don't feel as stressed as I did just one day ago. This is probably because I've just today become confident in my abilities on the Games section. Every other section is no problem for me save a few questions here and there, but games troubled me. Now it seems I've reached a "critical mass" of Games sections completed, and I no longer have as much trouble. I can set up just about any game quickly and efficiently, with most of the deductions necessary.

At least for me, this newfound confidence has lifted a huge weight off of my shoulders and I'm looking forward to destroying this female dog tomorrow. Good luck to the rest of you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: CHECKLIST for test day...
« on: October 01, 2004, 06:02:58 PM »
Is anyone going to phone in a fake bomb threat during the exam?  That would be cool.  Everyone please put your pencils down, and evacuate the building.   

That would be an interesting strategy if you knew your test wasn't going well. Have a friend on 1-touch dial, and let him know ahead of time that if you call him and don't say anything during your test, that is his cue to call in a bomb threat. That would probably cause the test to be re-taken...probably :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: feel like giving up
« on: September 30, 2004, 07:29:44 PM »
Stop talking bull.  Not to mention that 99% of lawyers will be nowhere near a courtroom so the question of time pressure is moot

You forgot to read the part where I talk about reasoning skills...the irony of which is kinda funny. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: feel like giving up
« on: September 30, 2004, 02:21:47 PM »
Perhaps you'd be more than challenged at a "mid-range" school. I mean, the LSAT _does_ measure how well you can reason and analyze under pressure. If people are scoring higher than you, maybe you'd be in over your head at a better school with people that have better reasoning skills...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: What should I tell her?
« on: September 30, 2004, 02:07:04 PM »
I hate to be "harsh" here, but the LSAT does actually measure something: Your ability to perform under pressure. If she can't do that now, perhaps being a lawyer isn't the best option for her. The same could be said for low scorers; I'm glad you _want_ to be a lawyer, but not everyone _can_ be one. A good one anyway...

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