146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

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146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

Postby HarvardHopeful93 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:22 pm

Hey guys, so I'm a sophomore in college at a large public state university, and I would like to go T14. I signed up for a spur of the moment practice LSAT this past Saturday (It was prep test 36, I believe), and we got our scores back today. I just wanted to get a baseline score without any prior studying or knowledge and I expected to do much worse (like a 130-140). But I got my score back and I got a 146! This puts me right below the median, and apparently I got:
69% of Reading Comprehension Q's correct
46% of Logical Reasoning Q's correct
35% of Logic Games Q's correct

Obviously there's a lot of positives here with essentially a median score for the first time and a high score on RC, with roughly 1/2 of LR and 1/3 of LG. Plenty of room for improvement.

With roughly a year and a half until I take the LSAT (June between JR and SR year), with enough preparation and practice, is a 170+ possible? Are 20+ point jumps uncommon? Anybody have personal experiences? Advice? Words of encouragement?
Can it be done?!?! Haha. Thanks in advance guys

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Re: 146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

Postby HarvardHopeful93 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:23 pm

BTW, I got 50/101 Q's correct
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Re: 146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

Postby gaud » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:25 pm

My diagnostic was in the 140s and I ended up in the 170s.

Here's advice from posters : viewtopic.php?f=6&t=396

Here's a highly reviewed study guide : viewtopic.php?f=6&t=41657

If you're thinking of taking a course : viewtopic.php?f=6&t=151670

Ultimately, study hard and good luck!

Dont be scared to ask for help when you need it.

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Re: 146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

Postby HarvardHopeful93 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:30 pm

Thats awesome to hear man. And thanks for the helpful links!

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Re: 146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

Postby gaud » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:34 pm

Also, this will be worthwhile to read/know:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/necessary-sufficient/

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Re: 146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

Postby Tuco Salamanca » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:13 am

The fact that you bombed logic games is very promising for a future jump in score. There's no reason that you can't end up missing a few at most on that section if you study properly, which will lead to a large score increase by itself. If you work hard enough there is no reason that you can't score 170+.

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Re: 146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

Postby francesfarmer » Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:23 pm

Tuco Salamanca wrote:The fact that you bombed logic games is very promising for a future jump in score. There's no reason that you can't end up missing a few at most on that section if you study properly, which will lead to a large score increase by itself. If you work hard enough there is no reason that you can't score 170+.

I love your username and avatar. And your advice is also correct!!!

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Re: 146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

Postby cahwc12 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:34 pm

plenty of people have gone from the 140s to the 170s. I went from 141 to 168 in june, but expect to break into at least the low-mid 170s in my retake (where i was PTing).

It can certainly be done, but you need to do the work.

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Re: 146 Practice LSAT...first time diagnostic. No prior studying

Postby Liquox » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:33 pm

160's is most likely; 170's means you've really got to study




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