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Practice Tests... accurate?

Practice Tests... accurate?
« on: June 25, 2008, 01:26:00 PM »
Are they a pretty good predictor of how you'll do on the actually LSAT?  I took a practice test at Kaplan and got 171. Can I pretty much count on getting in the high 160's on the real thing in October? Assuming I spend time studying this summer...

Re: Practice Tests... accurate?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2008, 01:31:50 PM »
The people at Kaplan are evil doers and drink the blood of the innocent. I think the Kaplan diagnostic isn't a real lsat anyways. Take the one on LSAC's website under timed conditions and you will have abetter idea of where you stand

Re: Practice Tests... accurate?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2008, 01:35:48 PM »
I don't have a lot of faith in the kaplan system.  Neither did Jeffort.  Anyway, I would take an actual LSAT.  That will give you a really good idea.  Excluding obvious intangible variables like test-day anxiety, variation from test to test, etc. 

Re: Practice Tests... accurate?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2008, 12:17:45 PM »
Take a real, previously-administered LSAT. Don't rely on Kaplan.

Re: Practice Tests... accurate?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2008, 01:48:54 PM »
One clarification - the Kaplan tests administered as part of a class are all REAL, full length LSATs.  I took a Kaplan class this May/June in preparation for the real test, and in addition to the 4 real tests given to us in class (the 4 most recent LSATS), I also had the chance to take 4 additional proctored full length LSATs (the next 4 most recent).

Many people post about their practice test "median" in the mid 170's or so, and then do much lower on the real thing.  If you limit your pracice tests to full length LSATS from recent years taken under real testing conditions (hot, cramped classroom full of students, small desks, etc.) a practice test is likely to predict your score.

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Re: Practice Tests... accurate?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2008, 01:51:33 PM »
I think it also comes down to knowing yourself and how you perform on exams in order to gauge accuracy. I've been doing 3 hour plus exams since highschool (IB exams and the onto final exams in university) and I think the more tests you write that really count, the more you understand how you excel under those conditions and what your weaknesses are. I would say with a couple of exceptions, that I am able to control myself under testing conditions quite well. That said, having written the LSAT once now, I know 100% what I would tweak and alter for the next time.

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2008, 01:54:38 PM »
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