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On your first LSAT, did you score better or worse than your practice average?

Scored 2+ points better
 17 (30.9%)
Scored 2+ points worse
 24 (43.6%)
Scored within +/- 1 point
 14 (25.5%)

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« on: January 03, 2006, 11:15:01 AM »
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Re: LSAT: any upside surprises?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2006, 11:19:36 AM »
Well, for what it's worth, I took the test twice, but only ever practiced for the second test, about three years later.

In my practices (self-administered), I was pretty systematic. My first practice came out like my first official, cold LSAT. But every week that I did another practice, it went up 2 or 3 points. The test itself continued that trend, and was up a good three points on my most recent practice to that point.

And while that was the continuation of trendline, it was certainly a nice surprise.
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Re: LSAT: any upside surprises?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2006, 11:27:07 AM »
My practice average was something like 171, and I ended up with a 173 on the real thing.

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Re: LSAT: any upside surprises?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2006, 11:32:09 AM »
My practice scores were generally in the mid to upper 160s. The lowest was a 159, on the exam I took right before the Oct lsat... and hence why I rescheduled. After that, I was pretty consistently between 164 and 168 with one foray up to 170, with my last practice exam being a 168 on the June 05 test.

I scored a 171 on the real thing.

Honestly, most of my practice exams were taken in less-than-ideal situations: dog climbing on me at home, cat sitting on my shoulders, noisy starbucks, etc... My test day was perfect. And I score better on the real thing, in general, because I'm a pressure test-taker.
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Re: LSAT: any upside surprises?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2006, 11:57:27 AM »
My practice average was 172-180.  I guess I scored right in the middle of that

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Re: LSAT: any upside surprises?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2006, 12:33:36 PM »
I had a real-life practice average of 171, and ended up with a 165, getting 12 questions wrong on the very first section of the test.

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Re: LSAT: any upside surprises?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2006, 12:36:52 PM »
My practice average was 172-180.  I guess I scored right in the middle of that

It is a good thing there wasn't a math section on that test.
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Re: LSAT: any upside surprises?
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2006, 12:40:08 PM »
My practice average was 172-180.  I guess I scored right in the middle of that

It is a good thing there wasn't a math section on that test.

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Re: LSAT: any upside surprises?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2006, 01:24:57 PM »
i scored 7 points higher than i was averaging on practice tests and 5 higher than the highest i'd ever scored. no idea how i pulled that one off. adrenaline?

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Re: LSAT: any upside surprises?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2006, 02:21:18 PM »
I too scored six points higher than my average, which was about a 169. Got 175 the firsr and only time I took the LSAT.

I was consistently scoring high 160s. Had only broken 170 twice, and my highest practice test was a 174 ( the last practice test I took before the real thing.)

So yes, people can get lucky, and, meticulous study habits and just the right amount of prep really do work.