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Write now or wait until October?

meggo

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Write now or wait until October?
« on: June 09, 2008, 10:32:07 PM »
Wow original title  ::) Anyway, I know there are lots of people ask, and you can't give a definitive answer, but as this board is for those who know the test the best, I'm soliciting your opinion of what you'd do in my shoes. Obviously am scheduled to write the test next Monday. I've had a busy schedule this summer with coursework so I can graduate early (this is not an excuse) so that coupled with some poor time management I haven't been able to devote as much time as I'd like. Anyway, I'm not sure whether it's better to write the test on Monday, see how I do, and then leave October as a rewrite backup or perhaps hold off for October all together. Right now I'm scoring in and around the mid-160's. I know I can do better but for some reason my LR is killing me. Games, no problem, I can get a perfect score or -1. LR varies from getting only 3 wrong to getting 10 wrong! On the same test! I have no idea how this is possible or if it's just my stress over the section. RC I usually get about 4 wrong. My gpa....I think it's about a 3.7 or so ? I have a 84 average at a top canadian university. Anything above an 80 is considered an A so I'm halfway between an A and a A+ for what it's worth. So of course, this is one of my easiest weeks course wise and I expect to be able to do more practice tests, but looking at my situation would it be better to wait it out until October and I have a little bit more time to get more assured or write it, see how it goes, and assess from there? Sorry for longwindedness. I have looked at the numbers on lawschoolnumbers for people who wrote multiples but I'm not getting a clear idea.

Re: Write now or wait until October?
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008, 12:25:59 AM »
I've been vacillating between June and October... I decided to take it next week; if I feel terrible about how I did immediately after the test, I'll just cancel and take it in October.  There's really no penalty to at least give June a shot (assuming you can tell with some degree of accuracy whether you bombed a section or not).

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Re: Write now or wait until October?
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008, 05:10:00 AM »
october test be hardest ever.

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Re: Write now or wait until October?
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2008, 04:35:49 PM »
Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. Where I'm at now, if I can't crack 168 by the end of the week, then I'll just plain reschedule. If I can, and it's not a complete fluke, then I'll write and if I can't execute on the LG games, I'll know to cancel my score.

Re: Write now or wait until October?
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008, 05:08:50 PM »
Over time, I realized LG scores have the strongest correlation with natural intelligence.

Oh really?
I suppose that explains why generally people regard it as the easiest section to learn.

To OP:

What kinds of mistakes are you making?
If you're still learning the test, then it would be foolish to write on Monday.
For LR, all you really need to know is:
1.  Question types & the possible CR's for each.
2.  Common methods of reasoning.
3.  Common logical flaws.
4.  Common incorrect answers.

So, if you aren't familiar with all of the above, then hold off until October.
The brunt of my study has been with LR, and I've reach a point of such familiarity with the section that I've only missed 1 LR question on my last 3 preptests.  So assuming that your potential in the section is not limited by a reading deficiency, why wouldn't you want to study your butt off before writing?  Learn it inside out.

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Re: Write now or wait until October?
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2008, 06:49:56 PM »
Thanks LSATHell. I'm familiar with those things, I've done both the Bibles, Testmasters weekend course, and Super Prep and probably about 10 prep tests so I know how to recognize those things, but as you say, you know them inside and out. My biggest problem, which I'm working to overcome with pure prephrasing, is that I get bogged down between 2 potential answer choices or else I miss a crucial word ie civilization v. culture, and pick a shell game answer. Sometimes it seems the LSAT is insanely picky about the tiniest details, and then other times, I rule out an answer based on what I perceive to be a slight inaccuracy and it turns out to be the correct answer. This is where I think doing a lot of prep tests would probably help as you get a feel for what the LSAT makers perceive to be an irrelevant tiny detail and an important tiny detail. As for RC, whatever. I'm annoyed that I don't do better on that section consider on my ACTs I got a perfect score in that area, but of course, that's comparing a granny smith apple to a red delicious. If you don't mind my asking - how many were you originally getting wrong with LR before you were able to whittle down to -1?