« on: February 24, 2005, 03:49:58 PM »
Well along the same lines as where I left off, some other drills you can do are just look at the clock when you start a section and look when you are done. Many people find that yes they may be 5 minutes over, but that just means that you may not get to the last 3 questions. As mentioned before if what you did answer, you answered correctly then you would have an amazing score. Last time I took the LSAT i ran out of time before finishing one of the logical reasoning sections. I wasn't able to answer the last two questions. I ended up getting only those two wrong. How nice it is to leave an exam and not have to wait to hear your score.
Another exercise I often recommend is take a full test completely untimed. One thing most people discover is that their logical reasoning section doesn't improve as much as they think it would (proving time is not really the problem). It also allows you to see exactly where your weak points are. What you still get wrong when you take all the time in the world is clearly what you don't understand. And when I say take as long as you want, I mean as long as you want. Do a few questions today, some tomorrow, etc. If one question is giving you some grief, don't pick an answer right away, come back to it tomorrow with a new look. We call it the 180 challange (can you get a 180 if there was no time constraint?) Most students of course go up in score although most of that improvement comes in games (another point is given all the time in the world you could try every answer in the games section till you got the one that works so of course that goes up), so some people who have done this with me in the past may have a score in the 140s lets say and yes do see their score jump into the 150s. They come back to me often saying, "see time is my problem. I jumped 10 points from a 145 to a 155." What I then need to point out is that that means really a 155 is the absolute best you can do and that with all the time in the world you still missed about 40 questions. I hope the student then realizes that although their score of course rose with no time restrictions that it is their inability to answer those other 40 questions that will ultimately keep their score down.
Remember it is not the number of questions you answer on test day, it is the number of questions you answer correctly that determines your score. As any woman will tell you their is no prize for going quickly or finishing early. If you really want to see your score rise in the long run, worry about your accuracy, don't just take test after test and hope that your score will just magically jump.