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livinglegend:
I agree with Miami and hopefully you get a 170, but that is in the top 10% of LSAT takers and those who actually show up to the LSAT are college graduates that are motivated enough to get into law school. So it is the top 10% of tough competition.

Additionally if your diagnostic was 147 odds are with proper studying you can get between a 154-158, which is sufficient to get admitted into an ABA law school. If you get an ABA law school you can succeed as a lawyer and 90% of active lawyers did not attend the top 10% of law schools.

Do everything you can to score as well as possible, but do not get to discouraged if you score under 170. Almost every LSAT taker does.

Good luck with the test.

mrshello:

--- Quote from: Miami88 on September 08, 2013, 11:00:18 PM ---Going from 147 to over 170 is ambitious to say the least. I'm not saying its impossible - but you may find a month to be a little bit of a time crunch. If you truly think you can do it - id consider post-poning the test until February, or even June. If you don't think that is realistic, then take the test when you feel completely ready...

Good luck!

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Hi Miami,

Thanks for the message. I am so sorry to have posted October .. I meant December (I got my 2 rowdy nephews of which one is 7 an one is 2 last night while typing!)  to take the LSAT. After reviewing my mistakes on my cold diagnostic, I actually improved my new test to 155, which is not bad but still gotta drill on LR and Reading a little bit more and possibly working a section a day on "light" days or during lunch breaks at work.

mrshello:

--- Quote from: livinglegend on September 09, 2013, 08:47:38 PM ---I agree with Miami and hopefully you get a 170, but that is in the top 10% of LSAT takers and those who actually show up to the LSAT are college graduates that are motivated enough to get into law school. So it is the top 10% of tough competition.

Additionally if your diagnostic was 147 odds are with proper studying you can get between a 154-158, which is sufficient to get admitted into an ABA law school. If you get an ABA law school you can succeed as a lawyer and 90% of active lawyers did not attend the top 10% of law schools.

Do everything you can to score as well as possible, but do not get to discouraged if you score under 170. Almost every LSAT taker does.

Good luck with the test.

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Thank you! Sorry for the confusion, I actually meant the December LSAT. For now, I am trying to see if I can achieve a few (3-5) points more every test for September (since I have a lot of time off from work this month!) and hopefully steadily improve for October. I thought that if by November 4 (the regular deadline for lsat registration), I should have a few points around 170 (give or take) so that I can determine if I should go ahead and register or not.

livinglegend:
I wish you the best hopefully you get a 170, but again most people have their limits and odds are no matter how much you study you won't get a 170. The same way no matter how much I work out and play basketball Lebron James will be better than me.

There are just limitations so do your best for 170, but don't be discouraged if you don't get there. Good luck.

Maintain FL 350:
It's very difficult to predict what your LSAT score will be this early in the game. When you are a week or two away from the real test, and have been consistently scoring in the same range for a while, then you'll have a better idea.

It's unlikely that you'll increase 3-4 points with every administration of the exam. The thing about the LSAT is that it gets exponentially harder to gain points the higher you go. In other words, going from 155 to 160 is a big leap, but going from 160 to 165 is even bigger. Far fewer people will score 165 than 160, and only a fraction of all applicants will score above 170.

You would have to be making huge statistical leaps forward to consistently increase your score towards 170. In short, it's a lot harder than it sounds. 

Additionally, it seems that most people score lower on the actual LSAT than they did on practice exams. I think most people find that they plateau within a 3-5 point range. I had a friend who scored 174 on the LSAT, but even his diagnostic was something like 165.

I'm not saying it's impossible, just that you should understand the statistical improbability of going from 149 to 170, and make a backup plan accordingly. Think about other options just in case you don't score 170, and other schools you may want to apply to.

 

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