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mny03

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I can't get my score up
« on: July 31, 2004, 07:56:11 PM »
I am having so much trouble with this stupid test. My diagnostic was a 156 and since then, I've gone through about five more prep tests without any significant increase in my score. Out of those five times, I only broke 160 once. Everytime I improve in one section, I do worse in another so that my overall score never increases. Is anyone else having this problem????  I'm just pissed off with this test and the fact that I have yet to see any real improvement in my overall score is really discouraging me. Oh yeah, and somebody please give me logic games tips if you have any.

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Re: I can't get my score up
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2004, 08:03:54 PM »
What type of studying have you done besides taking practice tests?

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Re: I can't get my score up
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2004, 08:25:08 PM »
What type of studying have you done besides taking practice tests?

For LR, I've been going through a bunch of different problems. I mark the ones that I guessed on so that I know to go back and look at the explanations for those even if I happen to get them right. I make sure I understand why the right answer is right and why the wrong ones are wrong. This has increased my LR score, so I don't have too many complaints about this section.

Logic games are really dragging me down. I went through the LGB. I suppose this has helped me because when I was first starting off, I could sit there and stare at a problem for 20 minutes and still have no clue how to solve it. Now, I'm finding that I'm able to understand and complete the games, but it's the 35 minute time limit that's bringing me down. I just can't make the inferences quickly enough. I'm a slow person! The deductions don't jump out at me! Everyone keeps saying that you just have to keep solving as many different games as you can, but I'm starting to become convinced that my brain just isn't quick enough to get through this section.


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Re: I can't get my score up
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2004, 02:43:25 AM »
Try viagra. Ur thinking too hard with the wrong head.
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Re: I can't get my score up
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2004, 03:10:00 AM »
LOL.  Hmmm, for some reason, you sound frustrated, Jew-Lo...
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Re: I can't get my score up
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2004, 03:13:09 AM »
LOL.  Hmmm, for some reason, you sound frustrated, Jew-Lo...

which means i haven't deviated from the norm...spanky
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Re: I can't get my score up
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2004, 05:14:10 AM »
Ummmm...any-damn-way...I think it's a little soon for you to be complaining. In all honesty, five tests is nothing (there are, what, 40 tests?). Keep taking practice tests and studying what you've gotten wrong. You haven't even begun to encounter all the different question types yet (and I mean the types within the types, not the very broad categories the prep guides and courses teach).

Also, reading explanations doesn't help, in my opinion. You don't need to be told why the answers are right or wrong--you need to figure that out on your own. When I read explanations, my score never went up. When I started marking what I had missed and RE-DOING those, my score DID go up. My advice is not to read explanations until you absolutely cannot figure a question out on your own. Your LR section might have increased from reading explanations, but if you're still making between 156-160, my bet is that you can stand a bit more improvement on this section. Also, doing worse on one section when you do better on other sections somewhat makes sense as the June 04 LSAT test-takers can attest to--LSAC will make some sections a bit harder to compensate for the ease of others.   

I was also never able to finish the Games, no matter what I did. The LGB is not the God of Games...meaning it won't solve all problems the way many think it will. Right now, you've only taken 5 practice tests. Keep taking practice tests because the best way to get faster at Games is repetition. Still, after taking almost all the LSAC's tests, I was never able to complete 4 Games (maybe 3 and 1/2 of them, on a good day). If you get to a point where you've taken many practice tests and are still not able to finish the Games, then I think you will have to do what I did--accept you're not going to finish Games and work hard to strengthen your performance in other areas of the test. Personally, I found that as long as I kicked @ss on the LR and RC sections, how many I missed on Games kind of didn't matter since LR counts the most (assuming I missed about 7-9 on Games and no more than that). Simply compensate.

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Re: I can't get my score up
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2004, 05:33:04 AM »
Keep practicing, but if the time limit proves to be too much for you on the games, I would consider not trying to finish all 4 games, but rather concentrating on 3.  The bit of extra time on each game might help your score more than trying to rush through all 4 games.

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Re: I can't get my score up
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2004, 04:31:26 AM »
Have you tried turning off the clock? Have you worked through a test untimed? You want to get comfortable with the test itself first. Cross one hurdle at a time. Conquer the test first, then work on the clock. Do your next 5 untimed, next 5 at 40 mins, next 5 at 35, next 5 at 30.
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Re: I can't get my score up
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2004, 08:21:51 AM »
Why would you ever lower the time you do the test in?  Unless you are acing the lsat, artificially lowering the amount of time you have to answer questions will just result in more sloppy errors and no intuitive feeling of your pacing come the real test day.  Sorry, that is stupid advice.

I agree with gentle tim though.  Working 3 games instead of 4 can work wonders.  Getting all 3 games completely (and not rushing) will earn you 18 or 19 out of 24.  Add in 1 out of 5 or 6 for guessing, and you are getting through the section with only 5-6 wrong. 

5-6 wrong and 5 wrong per section the rest of the way and you'll break 160 each time no problem... and it will give you some upward mobility to reach into the high 160's possibly.

Matt