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Studying for the LSAT / Strategy for Assumption LR questions
« on: June 08, 2008, 08:29:24 PM »
So for you LR gurus, what is your approach when dealing with LR assumption questions?  Some of these questions in the 16-26 range in LR sections can be awfully abstract and un-intuitive...I'm just curious as to what techniques you guys use to approach these questions (if any) or what your thought process is like when you encounter one of these.

I guess an example of one is PT #48 Section 4, #21.  This was the most recent one I've encountered, and even though I got it correct through intuition and POE, it bothers me that I don't have a solid method of attacking these.

I know about the negation technique that the LR Bible uses, it just seems too time consuming to use on every answer choice.  Thoughts?

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I've taken 4 timed practice tests, with varied results.  171, 164, 161, and 166 with the 166 being the most recent (today).  Kicker is, I've done poorly on the LG section on every one of these exams.  If I had aced the LG sections on each of these exams, I would have scored 177, 172, 169, and 173 respectively.

I have from now until 6/16 to devote to full time LSAT study, meaning 6+ hours a day or however long it takes.  With the limited time I have left, and assuming delaying til October is not an option, what would you experts recommend as my best avenue of attack?

I'm fairly confident that if I ace the LG section I have a real good shot at 170+, so should i be concentrating solely on LG or should I keep taking practice tests every day til the exam?  At this point, I feel like my LG and RC sections have only minimal room for improvement and the LG section is the one that really destroys my confidence.

On that note, does anyone have any general mental tips for the LG section?  What kinds of things do you focus on when doing the games?  Do you always spend at least 2-3 minutes diagramming and drawing inferences before hitting the questions?  I think I tend to rush through the setup sometimes and try to attack the questions without a comprehensive understanding of the game.  This ultimately probably slows me down because I spend so much time on each individual question.  LG masters, what can I do?!

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Studying for the LSAT / Which preptests should I buy?
« on: December 09, 2007, 07:49:30 AM »
So I'm pretty sure that getting preptests 39 through 53 are a given, but beyond that, how many of the "10 Actual Official LSAT PrepTests" books do you guys recommend?

I've heard from a couple sources that the older preptests are not as useful because they were administered by a different company.  How true have you guys found this to be?

I guess my question is, how useful are the first two "10 Actual Preptest" books?  Has anyone ever actually been through every single available old LSAT, or do you guys think that is a bit of overkill?  From a quick count, that'd be about 48 preptests..., which is not only a lot of practice tests, it's also a good chunk of change at $20/book and $8/preptest.

Right now, my study materials are looking like this:

SuperPrep
PoweScore Bibles
Preptests 39-53, and 1 or 2 of the "10 actual LSAT" books (depending on your advice)

How does that look?  Any comments?

and FYI, I'm aiming to take the June LSAT, but I figure I have to start sooner, because I am working full time and will be working 60+ hours a week in January-March.

Thanks for the help.


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Law School Admissions / LSDAS GPA -- Course included from High School?
« on: September 30, 2007, 02:56:44 PM »
Hi all,

I'm new to this forum and have been thinking about law school.  The earliest I would start law school if I decided to go through with it is the Fall of 2009, so I still have a ways to go.  I've already graduated college with a BS in Accounting.  My undergraduate GPA was a 3.81.  I've read that the LSAC requires all transcripts to be sent in, including transcripts from community colleges while in high school.

So here is my situation.  I was a freshman in high school, and my mom signed me up for a C++ class at a community college so that I could skip ahead to the next programming course during my sophomore year in HS.  Long story short, I never went to class and ended up with a D.  This course was never reported in my high school transcript, nor was it reported in my undergraduate college transcript.  I TOTALLY forgot that I took this course until I began reading these forums.  This course had no bearing on anything in my life -- until possibly now.  Do I need to report this class to LSAC? and will they take it into account when calculating my LSDAS GPA?

I was 14 years old when I got this D.  I will be 24 when I apply and enter law school.  Are they seriously gonna use a class I took A DECADE AGO to determine whether I get into LAW SCHOOL or not?

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