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This is a pretty LSAT-specific admissions question so I thought I'd post it here.  However, please let me know if I should move it to the LSAT board.

Just had a quick question.  I know the whole admissions process is abstract and there aren't any discrete standards (well for the most part anyway), but with regards to the LSAT -- do you guys know whether committees evaluate an applicant's score primarily in comparison to the percentile in general (ie 172 = 99%, period), in comparison to others in the same ethnic background (there might be fewer 170s percentage-wise for some ethnicities than others), to geography (170 might be rarer from 1000-population Bumbletown, middle-of-nowhere US than from Boston or NYC), or in comparison to others from the same undergrad school?  I know it's never cut and dry, but do you guys know which typically factors the most?

Reason I'm asking is that I might edge out a bit on geographical/ethnic basis (don't want to seem like a jerk or anything -- note the heavy emphasis on "might" here) but it'd be more difficult to edge out my undergrad percentiles, since my school's median is 164-165.  Of course I'm just gonna study my butt off and try to score as high as possible, but I'm not sure what my score is yet and I don't know what I'll be up against.  Need to see how realistic my chances are in which schools (especially with less-than-stellar GPA).

As usual, thanks in advance.

So a quick question, and I promise it's the last thread I'll create today hehe.

Are we allowed to mark our answer sheets in any way?  So far I've been placing a very tiny pencil dot to the left of a number I've skipped (outside the section box), because it's easier for me to see which ones I need to go back to (as opposed to circling them in the actual question book, where I'd have to page through to see which ones I skipped over).

Is this ok?  Or would these "stray" pencil marks mess up the automatic correction thing in some way?  (Also, I try to make the marks as *tiny* as possible, but I'm still not sure whether this is something I should keep doing)

Studying for the LSAT / Any specific tips to help improve LR?
« on: September 09, 2007, 09:02:51 AM »
First off, sorry for the gajillion new threads but I haven't been on in a while and have a whole bunch of (different) questions that's popped up.

In this case, LR -- I really, really, really can't get a handle on it.  My scores fluctuate wildly and I can't get a consistent score.  It's making me more nervous since there seems to be no improvement over the last 5-7 timed tests I've taken, and I've been stuck in the same score range for a while.

Right now I'm working on isolating the question types I'm having problems with (so far seems to be method of reasoning / flaw in the reasoning, parallel / flaw parallel).  Then I'm thinking of using Jeffort's excellent LSAT finder tool to just practice on those over and over (for the past LSAT tests I've done already).  But I'm not sure if that's enough to get me any real improvements.

Do you guys have any specific tips you can give on how to improve LR?  I always look over my mistakes and seeing how I get them wrong but I still consistently miss stuff.  And over the last couple of days my weak spot's swung massively from LG to LR...this is driving me insane.

As usual, thanks in advance!

Studying for the LSAT / LR Question - confusing conditional (retitled)
« on: September 09, 2007, 08:53:30 AM »
Hi all, yet another LR that's stumped me, argh.  Have a go at it LSAT buffs:

20.  If the economy is weak, then prices remain constant although unemployment rises.  But unemployment rises only if investment decreases.  Fortunately, investment is not decreasing.

If the statement aboves are true, then which one of the following must be false?

(A) Either the economy is weak or investment is decreasing.
(B) If unemployment rises, then prices remain constant.
(C) The economy is weak only if investment decreases.
(D) Either the economy is weak or prices are remaining constant.
(E) Either unemployment is rising or the economy is not weak.

I think it's the "although" that's throwing me off; I have no idea if I should diagram that as EW -> PRC -> UE or EW -> PRC / EW -> UR (or neither!).

Thanks in advance.  Will post credited answer tomorrow morning.

Studying for the LSAT / What's your plan for the next 3 weeks?
« on: September 07, 2007, 04:31:47 AM »
22 days and counting :-\.  How are you guys prepping in the next 3 weeks?

Studying for the LSAT / Hit an (LSAT) wall and crashed. Help?
« on: August 29, 2007, 04:28:31 AM »
So it seems like I've hit a wall.  I've been scoring the same for the past 4-5 tests and completely bombed the LG for the last one.  (Is it just me, or do games take a massive difficulty jump from the first 10 Original to the 10 More Original preptests?) 

Any tips on how to surmount this?  I'm hoping chugging on and just keeping at it will help, but I'm worried it might just get worse...

Studying for the LSAT / Preptest 24, Sec.1 #21 (RC)
« on: August 27, 2007, 02:50:02 AM »
Pretty straightforward question but this one stumped me.  How on earth can the credited response be (C) (exploring a complex question) and not (B) (chronicling the evolution of a phenomenon)?  I realize that the complex question could be "how has faking art manifested throughout history" or something like that, but this seems stretching it since the passage doesn't explore any question as much as it just summarizes the point of the book it's talking about.  Also, the second paragraph -- which makes up most of the passage -- starts off with "the greater part of Fake? is devoted to a chronological survey suggesting that faking feeds on the many different motives people have...", and then goes on to talk about how faking artwork has manifested throughout history (Greeks, Romans, Renaissance).  So how is (B) incorrect?

Also, sorry if this isn't too detailed but I wasn't about to post up the whole passage!  Thanks in advance.

Just a quick question since I'm growing more anxious by the day.  For those of you who have taken the LSATs and scored 170+:

1) Where were you score-wise approximately a month before the test?  As in, how were you scoring on your preptests, etc? 

2) Was the following month enough for you to show significant improvements, or did you pretty much just solidify where you already were?

Thanks in advance

Law School Admissions / Can I ask for LORs over email?
« on: August 22, 2007, 02:54:23 AM »
I've been out of school for a year and am currently out of the country but I need to start asking for LORs soon.  Do you guys think it's alright to ask for a letter of recommendation over email, or would that be considered too impersonal?  I'm not too close to my professors but there's two or so that I can ask and try to get an LOR from.  (The 3rd/4th one would be from my current boss).

Also -- would you guys not recommend having one from a grad student?  I took a course being taught by a grad student that I feel could give me a good LOR, and it'd be that vs. a prof who wouldn't know me as well...

Lastly, is it too late for me to ask now if I want to apply this cycle?

Thanks in advance

Studying for the LSAT / I CAN'T STUDY ANYMORE
« on: August 21, 2007, 11:39:42 PM »

Anyone else hitting a wall?  I midway through 10 More Actual LSATs and if I take a look at one more test I'm gonna hurl.

And I can't break 172 on a straight-through test.  Section by section I do much better, but straight-throughs kill me.

Now there's only 5 weeks left.  AGH

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