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So I've heard it frequently in these parts that it's typical to expect a -3 to -4 point drop from practice tests to the real thing.  For you all who've taken the tests already, how much has this proven to be true?  (One of the primary considerations driving me right now is that, although I'm content with my current scores if I get them on the real thing, a lot of people seem to say "expect a -4 drop".  Which would be depressing if it happens :()

Are you guys working on skipping troublesome/time-sucker questions?  These especially hit me on LG (especially when I know I'm almost there with the answer but still can't quite get it down to one last choice)...however the last few tests I resigned myself to the fact that I'd never answer everything, or at the very least save up the time-suckers for last when if I have leftover time, and paradoxically enough my points jumped 2-3 points. 

But yeah, if you guys are taking that into account then all I can say is that we all just need to keep practicing, heh.  10 days can be enough of a difference between 169 and 170...good luck all

Thanks for the tips guys.

I guess my problem is i'm at that point where I can get -0 on both LR and RC sections and feel somewhat comfortable since LR and RC passages/stimuli/questions can only vary so much.  Whereas a goofy game can come around and I'd be completely screwed on game day.

Maybe I should put in a solid 1-2 days on doing noting but games.  Did it for LR, I guess it paid off.  Argh

Just did Preptest B.  -0 for LR, got killed on LG.  WTF

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Improving Speed for LG
« on: September 16, 2007, 10:33:16 PM »
Just thought I'd bump this for those like me still having trouble with LG.

Great advice Jeffort...those time suckers definitely bog me down

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Profile Charting Games
« on: September 16, 2007, 10:25:59 PM »
I don't know if this is relevant but I just have to vent, lol.  LG games are still killing me.

I've done 25-odd preptests but to this date the only one that still gives me headaches even *after* going over it is that harvest game from a while back.  The one with 5 clans that harvest 3 times every five year-cycle, etc.

If we get a game like that for this sept test I'm gonna take my #2 pencil and stab myself in the eye.

Studying for the LSAT / Realistic to expect +5-7 point jump in last 10 days?
« on: September 16, 2007, 10:18:44 PM »
Just a quick question.  Do you guys think it's realistic to get a +5-7 point jump in the last 10 days leading up to the test?

I've been scoring relatively ok for my last 7 or so preptests but today I took superprep preptest A (feb 97) and it whammed me straight in the gut.  I'm down to -3 or so total on LR, -1/-0 on RC, but that game section killed me.  -7 points.  Ouch.

I did the section again today but got it all right in 35 mins.  Wtf?  I think it was just mental endurance -- it was the 3rd section in the test, but LR + RC before hand probably killed my brain.  But I don't know...

Also, that was a frickin killer curve.  90/101 and a 169?  Good lord

What do you guys think?  Is it reasonable to expect a 174+ on the test still?  (I have whole period off from work before the test and am devoting the whole time to studying.  But still, I've never hit a 175+ on a test where I haven't seen any of the problems... :().

I think it's just the LG I need to crack down on, argh.  Any tips/advice for these last 10 days on LG?

As usual, thanks so much in advance

If you can get a good LOR out of it, then it helps.  If not, then it won't do much more for you than non-legal work experience would.

I'm not so sure about that.  It really depends on what you're doing...

(For example, I'm almost sure they'd prefer someone who's been exposed to lawyerly work 2 years -- and still decide to go to law school afterwards -- than someone who's been doing something like, say, accounting, and then decide to do law with no idea of how it's really like)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: "Some"
« on: September 13, 2007, 03:21:35 AM »
I think the key here is that "does not exclude" =! "means"

"Some" does not exclude "all". However, it does not necessarily mean all.

True: All -> some

Not necessarily true: Some -> all.  (though could be true)

And now I think my brain has imploded.


I still like the other definition given.  (at least one.)

Yeah, I think that's the easiest way to define it.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Running out of motivation...
« on: September 13, 2007, 02:53:13 AM »
Oh god, complaining about a 177.  And I thought I'd seen everything lol

Studying for the LSAT / Re: "Some"
« on: September 13, 2007, 02:43:52 AM »
I think the key here is that "does not exclude" =! "means"

"Some" does not exclude "all". However, it does not necessarily mean all.

True: All -> some

Not necessarily true: Some -> all.  (though could be true)

And now I think my brain has imploded.

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