171 average (took 20+ tests), and 174 on test day.
I feel like I've said this a million times, but I'll say it again here. I went to the testing center and took a test a day everyday for a week up until the day before test day. I took only recent tests.
I saved the October '05 test until 3 days before the test. I knew October was a bear from all the reports I had heard about it. I went in there pretending like I was really taking the LSAT. I got nervous, lost my confidence, and scored a 162.
It was after that experience that I realized that my test performance was going to be linked more to my attitude than to my aptitude. I had prepped, my scores were usually consistent, and I felt like I knew the LSAT pretty well.
After the October test nightmare, I recognized that I had allowed myself to feel all the terror that many people feel on test day 3 days early. It was liberating. Having experienced that nervousness, I was able to let it go. On test day I was free to walk into the testing center with only one half-sharpened pencil, no timer, and a big smile on my face, knowing that I was mentally prepared.
I didn't come up with the above strategy. It came from an excellent LSAT instructor who has been reccomending this method for years. He showed me lots of written testimony regarding his advice, and it was all glowing praise for the method.
I can't reccomend it enough. It's simple and it makes sense. Own the room.