LSAT retake?

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latetolunch
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LSAT retake?

Postby latetolunch » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:28 am

Advice on a retake. I was practice testing with scores between 177 and 180 with the occasional 174/175. No prep course. Probably overconfident. Scored a 170 on actual test. Thought there had to be a mistake. Reviewed exam and found that the extra time I spent on the "difficult questions" paid off as I got them all correct but that I made many careless errors on relatively easy questions. My GPA needs the LSAT boost. Thoughts? Advice on a prep course in NYC?

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Nova
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Re: LSAT retake?

Postby Nova » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:52 am

Sounds like you just had a bad day and you will do fine in October. Since you were PTing consistently between 177-180, and many of your misses were careless errors, I doubt you need to take a prep course.

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Re: LSAT retake?

Postby latetolunch » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:26 am

thanks for the kind words but as you may imagine my confidence has been shot to ----

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Re: LSAT retake?

Postby Stupe » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:31 am

Keep your mind and skills fresh until October and then retake. Maybe you simply had a case of the test-day jitters which threw off your game. Regardless, grats on the 170 and good luck scoring higher!

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Re: LSAT retake?

Postby bp shinners » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:35 pm

Nova wrote:Sounds like you just had a bad day and you will do fine in October. Since you were PTing consistently between 177-180, and many of your misses were careless errors, I doubt you need to take a prep course.


Please, don't take a prep course. You won't learn anything if you were PTing in the 175+ range.

You had a bad day. A 170 is still a fantastic score. Just keep yourself fresh for October, build up your confidence again, and you'll be fine.

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Re: LSAT retake?

Postby WhiskeynCoke » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:21 pm

RETAKE! RETAKE! RETAKE!

I was in the same exact position as you. Was PTing in the mid-high 170's then took the Feb LSAT and got a 170. Unfortunately, it's undisclosed so I'll never get to see what went wrong. Anyway, I took another 15 PT's (at which point I had exhausted all released tests) and made sure to focus like hell on every single one of my errors/slipups. Retook in June and managed to pull a 179.

DO NOT TAKE A PREP CLASS. Prep classes are for going from 150 >> 160+. You need to do as many tests as possible before the next LSAT without burning yourself out (2 per week is perfect). Make sure every single one is done in as real a setting as possible (5 sections, 15min break in the middle, etc.). OBSESS over all of your mistakes. Don't dismiss anything as a "stupid mistake." You made that mistake for a reason, correct it before test day. By then everything should be second nature and you should be making no more "dumb mistakes." After 10-15 straight high 170's scores your confidence and consistency should be stellar.

I am a perfect example of underperforming on the real deal, yet keeping at it and achieving success.

167 - Dec 2011
170 - Feb 2012
179 - Jun 2012

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Re: LSAT retake?

Postby JohnV » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:38 pm

I'd certainly retake in your position. You're clearly capable of higher, don't let one bad day screw you out of a potentially awesome score.




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