kaya_lv wrote:arae13 wrote:Unlearn everything Kaplan "taught" you. I made the grave mistake of paying in excess of $500 for one of their stupid classes and threw away my own common sense in favor of their "methods". The time it took me to remember and apply their "methods" on my first LSAT was ridiculous and I ended up doing not so well.
I did self study and took a billion practice tests (something Kaplan tells you not to do?) and I improved 8 points on my second test which put me a much better place.
Seriously, one year of your life is nothing. It's totally worth it to retake.
I thought Kaplan was helpful. I improved by 7 points from my diagnostic. However, it might've been because I had no idea what the LSAT was like before I took the diagnostic test. I probably would've improved with practice on my own anyways. Their reading section strategy was weak for me. It didn't really help me manage the section better than I could already. And you are right about the practice tests. They tell you that one per week should be enough. It might be if you are already good enough at it or not aiming at a higher score.
I will wait this year. I'm thinking about taking some Test Master online course, too. Hopefully I'll do better.
Thank you for the advice
7 points is not a good improvement off a raw diagnostic. i went 157--> 169 and I know I've heard of people doing bigger jumps then that. in fact, some companies have a guarantee or your money back type of deal (and i think i recall PR's being like an 8 point improvement). you should say you are dissatisfied and try to get a refund
testmaster's is solid. and i think a lot of TLSers would agree a good place to start is always LR & LG Powerscore Bibles, Manhattan RC