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Hello! Tell me what I'm doing wrong.

Lzero

Hello! Tell me what I'm doing wrong.
« on: August 08, 2008, 04:31:57 PM »
Hi everyone, as you can tell I'm brand new. I've been lurking for the past couple days when a friend of mine informed me of this site. What a great resource! Thank you all; I don't think any of you realize how much help your advice gives to peons like me.

Now, I've only read through the Powerscore Bibles (LG and LR) within the past couple months and have taken six PTs so far. It's extremely frustrating because I seem to hit around 165 and have not improved. Tomorrow (8.9.2008) I'll begin taking the Powerscore (full-length) classes, although I'm worried that perhaps I've started too late. On top of this, I work a demanding full time job as well, so I only manage to study 2-3 hours (1 PT) maybe two or three times a week.

I've really lost a lot of hope since I've yet to improve my score. I'm keeping a log of the LR (my weakest area by far) questions that I've missed. It seems like I have the most trouble with Must be True and Flaw questions. LG and RC I can handle with two or three questions missed per section, but LR just murders me. I'd keep plowing through more PTs, but I think I'll only manage to familiarize myself with the questions without actually improving upon them.

I'm looking for some study guidance as well as just a reality check. Am I being pessimistic in my outlook or just realistic? Of course, my goal is to obtain a 170+, but that goal feels utterly impossible now. Would it be wiser to give up before I invest even more time and money into this endeavor? What do you guys think? Thanks again!

Re: Hello! Tell me what I'm doing wrong.
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2008, 06:15:48 PM »
Are you insane?  You're already above the 90th percentile.  Why would you want to give up?

Make sure you're working untimded at this point.  I'm sure you'll improve significantly after a course, and with more practice.  170 isn't unattainable if you've already hit 165, but you can also get into T14 schools with below a 170.
Please don't talk in double negatives and mention insanity at the same time.  Thanx!

Re: Hello! Tell me what I'm doing wrong.
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2008, 06:48:39 PM »
Lzero, what did you get on your first practice test?

Lzero

Re: Hello! Tell me what I'm doing wrong.
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2008, 04:52:09 PM »
Are you insane?  You're already above the 90th percentile.  Why would you want to give up?

Make sure you're working untimded at this point.  I'm sure you'll improve significantly after a course, and with more practice.  170 isn't unattainable if you've already hit 165, but you can also get into T14 schools with below a 170.

Haha thanks. I should say that my GPA is 3.79 from an unknown school (UT Dallas; BS in Economics) and I have zero connections, so I really need a high 170 to get into a good one.

Lzero, what did you get on your first practice test?

I think I got around the high 150's, but I can't remember. I just took my first PT under timed conditions today as my initial Powerscore diagnostic. It was a little different for me as I had an experimental section, and I didn't get to stop and check my answers after completing each section. It was pretty draining sitting there for four hours! Anyway, I ended up scoring a 163, another plateau. :-\


Lzero

Re: Hello! Tell me what I'm doing wrong.
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2008, 02:50:46 PM »
Thanks for your candor, Lindhberg. Everything I know about law school admissions and LSAT scales, I learned from friends and friends-of-friends. I guess anecdotal advice is not the best way to learn about something!