Last summer I took Testmasters in preparation for the September 09 LSATs. My first diagnostic (on the first day of class, before any review) was a 168. Naturally, I was pretty excited and set my goal as breaking 170 on the actual test. During the course of studying, I broke 170 a few times but remained frustratingly between 165-169 for most of my tests.
At the time, my main issues were LR questions, so naturally I focused most of my time on that. LG came pretty naturally, and RC was in the middle.
I took the September 09 test and I got...wait for it...a 168. I had NO IMPROVEMENT (luckily I didn't get a lower score either, but still). I was pretty frustrated, because I was hoping for splitter status to get me into some of the higher ranked schools that my GPA makes it harder for me to get into.
Turns out I didn't miss any LG questions, missed 1 or 2 LR questions and missed something like EIGHT RC questions. Obviously a reflection of how I didn't spend enough time focusing on them :\
SO here's my question:
1) In your opinion, is it worth it to take another prep course, like Blueprint or Powerscore? Or should I just buy a Powerscore RC Bible and focus on that?
2) What are some of your RC tips?
3) I am shooting to re-take this September and hit over 170. What are some strategies that you would recommend to prepare better for the test this time? Do you have any studying tips or regimen that made your score increase drastically?