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nojamnomusic

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Scored around 165 on first attempt
« on: March 13, 2013, 08:52:06 PM »
Timed myself properly and had no previous experience with LSAT.
Can I push it up to 175-180 in a year?

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Re: Scored around 165 on first attempt
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2013, 09:17:26 PM »
I would say yes.  An LSAT prep course can push you up 3-10 points.  Powerscore is pretty good.  You will probably bump yourself up about 5 points just by reading a prep book like the powerscore or Manhattan LSAT.  15 points is a lot, but I've seen people jump 20 and even 30. 

And kudos, you are a rarity. 

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Re: Scored around 165 on first attempt
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2013, 09:27:26 PM »

And kudos, you are a rarity.

I just managed to keep focused throughout the whole test, I guess that did the trick. Although I genuinely struggled when it came to some of the logic games.

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Re: Scored around 165 on first attempt
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013, 10:32:52 PM »
There is absolutely no way to know what your real score will be. Practice is not the real thing and I have met numerous people who got 170+ on their practice, but never ended up taking the exam or did a lot worse under real conditions. I sincerely hope you get a 180 that would be awesome, but all you really can do is study for the test take it and see what your score is.

You can speculate all day about you might get and I know when I was studying for it was exciting to speculate what my score might be, but you will get the score then know if you can get into law school or not. Then after your first day of law school your LSAT will mean absolutely nothing. Keep practicing and good luck I sincerely hope you get a 180.

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Re: Scored around 165 on first attempt
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 11:53:32 AM »
I would say yes.  An LSAT prep course can push you up 3-10 points.  Powerscore is pretty good.  You will probably bump yourself up about 5 points just by reading a prep book like the powerscore or Manhattan LSAT.  15 points is a lot, but I've seen people jump 20 and even 30. 

And kudos, you are a rarity. 

Sorry MisDirected, but statements like this are just bad.   You need to clarify it and qualify it.    A jump from 150 to 160 is not relatable at all to a jump from 165-175.   Saying a prep course can push you up 3-10 points is wrong for many people. 

If this person got a 165 on the first practice test (I got a 171, and ended up getting a 160 actual)  then he already has speed, reasonable awareness, focus, and he gets the point of the exercise.   A 165 actual score is in the 92nd percentile.   A 175 is in the 99.4 percentile.   A 175 is absolutely crushing the test.

Prep courses don't increase your intelligence, and they don't give you any real secrets.  THey help you manage your time, they help you get used to the wording, and they help remind you to practice.  Sometimes prep courses can even help you identify patterns.

Now, if the OP got a 165 because he ran out of time on three sections and didn't answer four or five questions, then yeah, practice and a prep course might go a long way. 

I have one buddy who is now a great attorney.   He had a 3.7 GPA and he consistently acheived practice scores close to 160.  He took an intensive practice course, quit his job for a few months, and studied like crazy.   He ended up with a 154.

Living Legend's post is spot on.

Still, Scores over 168 on the real thing are so very rare.  Only 4 out of 100 acheive those marks...   so I think the reasonable answer to the OP's question is, don't count on it.