I've mostly been lurking this board during my (roughly) year of prep for the LSAT and I just want to start off by saying thank you to the frequent posters, and all those that offer solid advice. It's really helped along the way, and also calmed some of my nerves
Anyway, I just got my score and I'm quite disappointed. I ended up getting a full six points lower than my average practice scores, and it's low enough that I'm looking at Puerto Rico as my only guaranteed acceptance at this point.
My question/concern, I suppose, would be whether or not it's worth it to take the test again in December. At this point, I am planning on retaking it, but I'm mostly worried about the fact that most people don't see a significant increase on their second test.
I'm also concerned about getting back into the flow of studying. I had been casually studying (mostly practicing logic games) from January-May, and when the summer came I cracked down with 2-3 hours per day, four days a week of studying with a practice test each week (untimed). This continued as the fall semester started as I included two (timed) practice tests a week leading up until the test. Like I said before, these practice tests averaged a decent score that would have most likely been acceptable for the schools I want to apply to.
Is there any reason I SHOULDN'T take the December test? I've toyed around with the idea of taking a year off but I don't want to if I don't have to. And what would be an ideal study plan for December, based on what I've done previously (alterations or tweaks to it)?
Thanks a lot, I'd appreciate any and all advice and/or criticisms I'm trying to stay optimistic here (my GPA is good for the schools I'm looking for, too) but I think I need a realistic outlook on this!
You seem to have only taken 2 timed tests the entire time you studied...I'd say from what I've read online of folks who got 170 or better (which is what I want), they took EVERY test ever released, and the vast majority of them were TIMED. You have to get the time down, be able to finish all sections with 5 minutes left over to bubble in answers.
Take all your tests from here on out under strict time constraints...i see that a lot of people cheat and give themselves time when practicing...by a kitchen timer if necessary.
Definitely I saw one guy post somewhere (not necessarily on this site) to take every test available, even if you have to take one every day right up to the test.
And I also saw not to do any major changes in routine in the days leading up to the test. Don't start exercising if you never did before, don't change up your diet...get sleep.
Some brought a practice test to the site to "warm up" with. Some let it all go from the night before.
dress in layers so you can prevent being too hot or too cold.
lol yeah I'm putting off applying til next fall because I need a full scholarship and I figure a 170 will give it to me easily. Been researching the hell out of how to get that score!