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Studying for the LSAT / To those thinking of postponing
« on: September 26, 2007, 02:20:26 AM »
I've been seriously considering postponing this past week (after my scores decided to go batsh*t crazy on me), and came as close as having the phone to my ear and the number in front of me.  But I realized a few things:

- There's no prepwork that can come close to taking the real thing.

You can take as much preptests as you want, take as much proctored simulations, but there's nothing like actually being there to know how you'll do.  This is far from advocating as taking it as a practice run but rather just knowing the reality that, as seriously as you take the test when you're holed up in your room or in Kaplan/Testmasters with the rest of your class, it's always going to be different from how you'd be on the actual day.  Maybe you'll score less than your practice scores.  Maybe you'll score more (adrenalin rush, etc).  It happens.  But the fact is, you won't know until you take it.

- If you take the test, you'll know what you need to work on.

Maybe you'll bomb the LG, or miss all the Flaw questions on LR.  Or maybe you'll realize that, as much as you try to skip those timewasters during prep, they really bog you down the actual thing.  This goes in addition to what I said above -- you really can't know your full testing weaknesses til you take the actual test, knowing that it's the real thing, and seeing how you perform.

Of course this is all just in my opinion, and maybe this is just taking out loud to make myself feel confident about not postponing (actually that's what it probably primarily is, haha).  But I think there's something to be said about taking the actual test -- even if you postpone til December, (presuming you've put the study time in) you'll be at this same spot 3 days before the test, not knowing how you'll do or whether you've had enough study.  At least if you take it now you'll know what you need to work on and hammer on that, while maintaing your other areas, til December.

At least, that's what I'm telling myself hehe

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Dear lord there's less than a week left
« on: September 26, 2007, 02:00:05 AM »
I guess this is somewhat reassuring, but also unnerving knowing that there's something actually different about the tests that's causing us all to bomb the new ones (and that it's not just me).  ack

So what are you guys gonna do?  I'm split between Jeffort's advice (which is excellent, as always) and dissecting the newer tests to hopefully have it "click" within these next few days, just like the old ones did...

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Definitely timed simulation.  Break one up to use for mock experimental sections.

Thanks...took a break yesterday, so I guess I'll be doing a few more timed simulations til friday (my test is on Sunday).

Also using Jeffort's LR tool to sharpen up my Parallel skillz (cough).  Need to get through those faster...

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So, 5 days left.

I have about 4-5 new tests in my disposal.  Do you guys think it's better if I do a timed simulation (with a mock proctor (my grandma, heh)) or if I should just go through the questions one by one?

LG has been a breeze for me since 2004 ptests onwards, but LR and RC have been female dogs >:(.

What do you guys think?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: "only"
« on: September 24, 2007, 08:38:25 AM »
Page 132 of the LRB.

You are correct about "only" always indicating the necessary condition. But, my problem is: in what contexts does "only" not immediatly precede the necessary condition and still refer to the necessary condition?

For example: "The only way to achieve success is to work hard."

This confuses the heck out of me, because "only" is in front of "achieve success" which makes me assume its indicating the necessary condition. Yet, in this example the word "way" is modified somehow by "only," making it indicate "work hard" as the necessary condition. In this context, why and how does "only" modify "way?" And, are there other words that "only" can modify in this type of context?

Thanks.

This is one thing I really never approved of on the LRB: too much emphasis on indicator words.  In this case, I find it easier to just look at the context.

"The only way to achieve success is to work hard."

If you want to achieve success, what's required?  That you work hard.

There you go, that's your necessary condition.  Success -> work hard

(If you note, the other way wouldn't make sense - ie, "If you want to work hard, what's required? achieve success")

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What are you doing this LAST LSAT week?
« on: September 24, 2007, 08:31:58 AM »
MBW- i am in your boat.  I have to stay at a hotel too.  this weekend i ran through the whole routine (i.e. drove down, checked in, went to site to take full test...) and it REALLY helped.  when you're not in your usual element, weird little things can come up. if for any reason you can do the same thing this week, i HIGHLY recommend it.


....on another note, has anyone dropped in their PT's this week?  am i the only one who's not peaking and who's stumbling downwards.  is this some sign from the gods to hold off until Dec??? help!  (just for some background, until today i was feeling good, but got my lowest score off all time today taking the Jun 07)

Help!

I just got my lowest score ever 2 days ago (with Oct 04 test).

So yeah, in the same boat.  AGH  :-[

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Studying for the LSAT / Dear lord there's less than a week left
« on: September 24, 2007, 08:29:55 AM »
...and my scores decide to get all seismograph on me all under the same conditions

All these under as exact same conditions as I could make them.  And with my grandma srictly timing me (love her)

Jun 04: 173
Oct 04: 168
June 05: 165 (my lowest ever on a timed preptest)

At this point I was seriously considering postponing til Dec.  I was averaging 172-174 on all tests up to 2002

Then yesterday, same conditions:

Dec 04: 171

Wtf.

Help?  Should I postpone til December?  (Again, some background: awful GPA, need 170+, etc)

*panic*

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I think I'm slowly losing my mind, if not already evidenced by that thread title.

Anyway, I've been doing some thinking.  Sleep -- I think we can all agree that it's necessary, but not sufficient, to a good LSAT score.  Right?  (Or maybe it's just me, but whenever I tackle an LSAT at 8 in the morning while having slept at 3am the night before, I feel like I'm doing it hung over).

But just how important do you guys think sleep is?  Ie, maybe we're all hitting some "ceiling" because we're not sleeping properly?  I'm normally getting only 5-6 hours a night...

Or maybe I'm just LSATly retarded and am just making excuses.

Either way, 3 questions:

1) How much sleep have you been getting while studying, especially these last 2 wks before the test?

2) Do you think having more/less sleep significantly affects your score?

3) If you've taken the test already, would you contribute better/worse performance on the actual day due to more/less sleep than usual?

Thanks...

(And if it seems like I'm posting all these threads extraneous to the actual test, it's cause I really can't think of what else I can do.  I *know* how to solve the problems, I've done -0 consistently on LR/RC/LG but in different tests (ie one preptest I'll have a -0 LR and next day I'll have -3 or even -4, WTF).  But the sections JUST CAN'T SEEM TO COINCIDE TO NO STUPID PROBLEMS ON ONE TEST.  And though I'm scoring relatively well, they occassionally drop and there's only so much I can do on unideal conditions (ie, what if I'm giving myself an extra minute and I don't know it?).  And all these reports of scores dropping on test day...agh)

And now I'm starting to be paranoid that maybe those "off days" are my "on days", and my "on days" are just my "maybe cheating with time/unideal condition days".  ???

Or maybe I just need more sleep?

Agh.

Anyway, how much sleep are you all getting?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Oct 04 -- ouchwtf
« on: September 22, 2007, 08:17:57 AM »
I just bombed a pt I took yesterday (164, my average is 167-172).  It wasn't tough at all I'm just over-practiced and I wasn't able to concentrate.  It might not be a popular view but I'm not practicing any this week.  I got my highest score ever (the 172) after I took a week off.  I think I'm very sensitive to test-fatigue so I'm going to rest up this week and go into the real-deal well rested and fresh.

Was the test really hard or do you think you were having an off day, too?

I really have no idea.  I looked over my mistakes and a lot of them were of the *foreheadslap* variety, so I don't know...

There may be other factors as well.  I took Oct04 in the morning, the Jun04 test I took at night.  I've been practicing mostly on evenings after work so that might've been a factor.

But I think I'm gonna give the over-practicing suggestion some thought.  At this point I really don't have anything much to add to my repository of LSAT knowledge.  I'm not saying I know everything about it, but I've taken about 30 preptests (20 of them timed) and 95% of the ones I'm missing are of the *foreheadslap* kinds where I just momentarily lose focus and pick another choice.

Also, I think the new RC sections started to dampen my confidence a bit.  I never missed anything more than -2 on old RCs (preptests 7-25ish), but the June/Oct 04 ones I missed -4 each.  Ouch.

I'm gonna take another practice test tonight and see how I fare....but still, :(.  I may also take a break but I don't know...I don't think I'm the type who can idle around when I have 15 preptests left lying around undone, lol.  Maybe do a per-section run?  Ugh

I can't wait for this &$#@ing test to be over  >:(

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Studying for the LSAT / Oct 04 -- ouchwtf
« on: September 21, 2007, 03:53:21 AM »
Took Jun 04 last night, good score.

Oct 04 this morning, -5 from my score last night.

Same conditions - extra LR section I haven't done from Preptest C (Superprep).  But Oct 04 curve was ridiculously harsh...

Anyone else done the Oct04 test and found it more difficult than the others?

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