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Studying for the LSAT / LR section question
« on: July 23, 2005, 08:31:54 PM »
Is one LR section in a test always harder than the other one? I've noticed that often I score considerbly better in one LR section than the other. Could it also be that in the first LR my mind isn't warmed up and by the second section I'm in LSAT mode?

Studying for the LSAT / My weekly Practice test result. Eh....
« on: July 22, 2005, 03:44:04 PM »
Today I took another practice test (#13 Dec 1994) I scored a 156. While it was an improvement from last week's test, I'm still disappointed in the results. I was hoping to hit 160 today. What killed me was the first LR section. I only got 11 right. LG- 14 right- RC- 22 right and the LR- 19. I don't know what happened in that first LR section. From the very start I did't feel comfortable, but in the second section I felt I was in a rhythem. If I only would have gotten just 5 of those LR questions right I would have had 160! I'm reviewing the test making note where I screwed up and why. Games have improved since starting, but I've seem to hit a plateau. I'm usually getting 14-15 right. I never get to the fourth game. My goal is a 165 in Oct. Is there any chance for it?

Studying for the LSAT / Kaplan 180
« on: July 19, 2005, 04:50:59 PM »
I know Kaplan and other companies preptests and questions suck, but I've been Kaplan 180 just for drilling. I don't want to use up all the real LSATs for just doing exercies. Is this a good idea or should I just stick with pure real LSAT tests for doing drills? For any of you that used Kaplan 180, did you find it helpful?

Studying for the LSAT / LG question
« on: July 15, 2005, 07:49:44 PM »
This one is from the LSAT SuperPrep Book. I'm kind of confused on it.
What would the contrapositive be for: If it is not the case that the park contains both laurels and oaks, then it contains firs and spruces.

I diagramed this statement as: ~L and ~O --->F and S

the contrapostive I thought would be:

~F or ~S ----> L or O

But in the explantion, it seems as if the book makes the contrapositive as:

~F and ~S ----> L and O.

What gives? I'm probably totaly scewing this up.

Studying for the LSAT / Am I an URM?
« on: July 15, 2005, 05:29:58 PM »
My great grandmother was full blooded Mexican. Could I come off as being a URM?

Studying for the LSAT / A set back in my test improvement
« on: July 15, 2005, 04:08:04 PM »
Well, I took my weekly practice test this week and to my dismay i did worse than I thought I would. I scored a 154. I've been making steady gains each week, but today I dropped 4 points. What killed me was the games section. It totally threw me for a loop. I've been using LGB and must say that I have improved greatly on my linear games. I can do those without ever missing one. Grouping games I'm still weak at. I've kind of looked over the other game types, but not as thouroughly as I have grouping and linear games and as luck would have it two of the games were neither grouping nor linear. The first game was pure sequenceing and the another was this weird word game were you change the letters in words to make other words. I'm about to look over my mistakes and I imagine that the games aren't as hard as I thought they were, its just that they took me buy surprise. Those two games did me in. I missed all the questions except for two in those games. I ended up only getting 9 right total on the games section. Boo. I'll just have to practice games more than I have been.

 I'm Mormon and like many guys of my faith I served a two year mission for my church. I served mine in Tijuana and I got back last July. While I was there I was put in several leadership positions, including being the Mission President's Assistant (the highest position of leadership you can have while on a mission). Anyway, I think my president could write a killer rec because he saw me show up in Mexico speaking nada of spanish and speaking fluently in threee months. He saw my ability to work hard and overcome extreme adversity to go on and have success. I have profs that could write me letters becuase of my grades, so if the mission president wouldn't work than its no big deal. Just wondering if having someone who you've worked with one on one for so long would be good for writing a rec. 

Law School Admissions / How do withdraws look to adcomm
« on: June 20, 2005, 08:38:34 PM »
I'm taking an Oklahoma History class for summer school. I heard the teacher was kind of tough, but the challenge interested me so i took the course. There are only two tests in the four week course and I just got back my first test today. It was a D! A D! This is the first D i have ever made on any test. The rest of the class made Ds or Fs. Even if I make a A or B on the test i'll still only have a C in the class. I need to decide whether to withdraw or not this week so it won't appear as an F on my trasnscript. What would look worse? A D or C in Oklahoma History amongst a 4.0 record or a withdraw? Feedback appreciated.

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