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Just took my first LSAT Practice

Just took my first LSAT Practice
« on: November 28, 2010, 08:48:01 AM »
Hi Everyone,
I just took my first LSAT practice test yesterday and scored a 162.  However, the test I took was from the LSAT administered in 1993.  Is a test this old still representative of what I can expect on my actual LSAT?  I know I have to prepare for new comparative reading section, but in general, is my 17 year old practice test still accurate?

Thanks.

Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2010, 10:16:15 AM »
I found logic reasoning to be the same throughout.  The logic games became more convoluted in more recent tests with hybrids and games that fit into one of the general groups but with a twist that causes some tinkering to be done in order to sketch it. 

As for reading comp, it was always a strength of mine so I cannot really speak to if it changed in the last few years

Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2010, 03:30:23 PM »
I found that the tests got just a little harder as time went on (so yours is easier than a newer one imho), but it is pretty representative.

The format has changed a bit as well (comparative reading now I think), but overall the skillset is the same.  Do note that timing is key, so whether you were strict on yourself when you took the practice or not makes a huge difference.  If you did it in the alloted time that's quite a good first practice test score.  A general rule of thumb is that a moderate amount of effort studying should boost your score by around 10pts so your lsat won't keep you from any school in the country with a bit of luck :)

Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2010, 08:50:01 AM »
Thanks for the info.  I did strictly time myself and always ended with 1-5 minutes remaining.  I think I should buy the latest LSAT preptest book containing recent tests just to be safe.  They are not that expensive and certainly can't hurt!  As an aside - did you write the essay when you took the practice tests?

Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2010, 09:51:51 AM »
Usually not re the essay.  My writing is pretty good and I seriously doubt the essays are reviewed by adcoms.  I'd suggest a full prep course to prepare for the test.

Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2010, 12:34:09 PM »
I agree wit Bikepilot on the prep route.  Simply taking test after test will not have the same effect as if you learn the convepts and then take a test.  There are some books out there if money is an issue.  Self teaching may work

Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2010, 08:58:39 AM »
Thanks for the advise - money is an issue.  I intend to self-study, but I wanted to take a practice test first so I know what my strengths and weaknesses are, and to reaffirm that law school is even for me :)  I'm not shooting for the best score ever - I just need at least a 163 to get the full ride at my local school.

Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2010, 01:43:46 PM »
What was your breakdown per section for number of questions wrong?

Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2010, 06:25:50 AM »
Here's how I scored on the Feb 1993 test:
Section 1 - Logic     Section 2 - Analytic     Section 3 - Reading     Section 4 - Logic     
7 wrong of 254 Wrong of 246 Wrong of 279 Wrong of 25

Some guests came over in the last 10 minutes of the last section and I think it broke my concentration...

Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2010, 06:28:38 AM »
Also, I took the free June 2007 practice last night and my score actually went down to 154  :(
What's worse is I felt like I was actually doing better this time around!
Either the tests got harder, I got lucky the first time , or (most likely) I should not take a practice LSAT just after getting home from work...hehe
Here's how that score broke down:
Section 1 - Analytic     Section 2 - Logic     Section 3 - Logic     Section 4 - Reading
6 Wrong of 239 Wrong of 258 Wrong of 258 Wrong of 27

I didn't bomb just one section - just did all around worse this time around.  Overall though I think I am strong on Analytic and need to work on Logic Reasoning.