I just bombed a pt I took yesterday (164, my average is 167-172). It wasn't tough at all I'm just over-practiced and I wasn't able to concentrate. It might not be a popular view but I'm not practicing any this week. I got my highest score ever (the 172) after I took a week off. I think I'm very sensitive to test-fatigue so I'm going to rest up this week and go into the real-deal well rested and fresh.Was the test really hard or do you think you were having an off day, too?
Quote from: dotlyn on September 21, 2007, 10:37:44 AMI just bombed a pt I took yesterday (164, my average is 167-172). It wasn't tough at all I'm just over-practiced and I wasn't able to concentrate. It might not be a popular view but I'm not practicing any this week. I got my highest score ever (the 172) after I took a week off. I think I'm very sensitive to test-fatigue so I'm going to rest up this week and go into the real-deal well rested and fresh.Was the test really hard or do you think you were having an off day, too?I really have no idea. I looked over my mistakes and a lot of them were of the *foreheadslap* variety, so I don't know...There may be other factors as well. I took Oct04 in the morning, the Jun04 test I took at night. I've been practicing mostly on evenings after work so that might've been a factor.But I think I'm gonna give the over-practicing suggestion some thought. At this point I really don't have anything much to add to my repository of LSAT knowledge. I'm not saying I know everything about it, but I've taken about 30 preptests (20 of them timed) and 95% of the ones I'm missing are of the *foreheadslap* kinds where I just momentarily lose focus and pick another choice.Also, I think the new RC sections started to dampen my confidence a bit. I never missed anything more than -2 on old RCs (preptests 7-25ish), but the June/Oct 04 ones I missed -4 each. Ouch.I'm gonna take another practice test tonight and see how I fare....but still, . I may also take a break but I don't know...I don't think I'm the type who can idle around when I have 15 preptests left lying around undone, lol. Maybe do a per-section run? UghI can't wait for this &$#@ing test to be over
MahlerGrooves:Your impression of statistics is logically flawed. Doing ONE more test can result in a statistical outlier relative to your regular performance. Doing TEN more can result in NO outliers. So, more or less practice will not in any way affect September 29th's probability of being an outlier. And anyway, what if the outlier is HIGHER than your regular performance rather than lower? Hmm, didn't think of THAT did you? I think that for the final stages, this is like athletics. You are working to "perform" at the "final event." You can build muscles and practice skills only so much, in the limited time between starting your training, and the scheduled date of the race. For the last week or so leading up to the race, you need to perform acts that are not geared as much toward BUILDING UP your performance, as toward ENSURING CONSISTENCY in your performance, and toward IDEALIZING your performance on THAT DAY. In other words, do things that make sure you get the best score on the day, not things that make sure you get a higher and higher score.Get enough rest. Stop studying now that there's little benefit to it. Remind yourself of fundamental principles. WAY BACK in your studying, you started picking up some basics. Go over those again, they're almost forgotten now, they've become assumptions. Double-check other test-taking skills aside from those related to answering the questions right: for example, make sure you have a ride to the test, and a back-up ride. Order a wake-up call from a .75 cent service. Pack your ziplock, and a back-up duplicate ziplock, and put one in the car. Put your entry ticket in a thick envelope and tape it to the front door. Prepare meals in advance, get adequate nutrition and sleep, avoid people who have a cold or flu, use hand-sanitizer religiously from now until then. Prepare a morning "warm up" exercise (one hybrid logic game?) and store it away in the ziplock. Plan to go for a run or get other (regular, habitual) exercise in order to get the blood flowing. Set your clothes out.All that kind of crap. It's now more important than merely "practicing" more and more questions.Best of luck to all the Sept 29 participants!