How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

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How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby Madman » Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:55 pm

Okay, so I have been studying since July (have done a lot of individual sections, read the bibles etc.) for about 15-20 hours per week (I work full time and run a small business). I have begun taking PT's and have done 7 thus far and am averaging around 164 (my highest a 166). I am hoping for a 165-170 in Feb.

My question is how many tests should I be doing per week. Currently my plan is to do 3 tests per week and review that test on the nights that I am not testing (taking Fridays off). Then two weeks before the exam I will be taking holidays and will have all day to study. If I do only 3 per week I can get 14 tests done on top of the seven I have done already, or should I also be doing 1 test per day during my 2 weeks off before the test in addition to the 3 per week now?

Opinions are appreciated.

Thanks.

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Postby lawgirl99 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:58 pm

Do as many as you can without running into burnout. PTs were my greatest means of score improvement.

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Postby 09042014 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:00 pm

Madman wrote:Okay, so I have been studying since July (have done a lot of individual sections, read the bibles etc.) for about 15-20 hours per week (I work full time and run a small business). I have begun taking PT's and have done 7 thus far and am averaging around 164 (my highest a 166). I am hoping for a 165-170 in Feb.

My question is how many tests should I be doing per week. Currently my plan is to do 3 tests per week and review that test on the nights that I am not testing (taking Fridays off). Then two weeks before the exam I will be taking holidays and will have all day to study. If I do only 3 per week I can get 14 tests done on top of the seven I have done already, or should I also be doing 1 test per day during my 2 weeks off before the test in addition to the 3 per week now?

Opinions are appreciated.

Thanks.


If you have two weeks off with nothing to do before the test, I would take one a day.

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby imnion » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:04 pm

Keep in mind reviewing PTs are more important than actually taking them.

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby fathergoose » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:12 pm

imnion wrote:Keep in mind reviewing PTs are more important than actually taking them.


lawgirl99 wrote:Do as many as you can without running into burnout. PTs were my greatest means of score improvement.


I agree with both of these. Learning rules and strategies is important and has its place, but the best thing you can do is to do as many tests you can get your hands on and to meticulously go through your wrong answers and guesses. IMHO

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Postby 09042014 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:13 pm

fathergoose wrote:
imnion wrote:Keep in mind reviewing PTs are more important than actually taking them.


lawgirl99 wrote:Do as many as you can without running into burnout. PTs were my greatest means of score improvement.


I agree with both of these. Learning rules and strategies is important and has its place, but the best thing you can do is to do as many tests you can get your hands on and to meticulously go through your wrong answers and guesses. IMHO


Doubly true if timing is an issue.

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby Madman » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:16 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
fathergoose wrote:
imnion wrote:Keep in mind reviewing PTs are more important than actually taking them.


lawgirl99 wrote:Do as many as you can without running into burnout. PTs were my greatest means of score improvement.


I agree with both of these. Learning rules and strategies is important and has its place, but the best thing you can do is to do as many tests you can get your hands on and to meticulously go through your wrong answers and guesses. IMHO


Doubly true if timing is an issue.


Timing is definitely still an issue for me, so I would be a person who needs to do a lot of PT's, but I don't want to burn out.

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby 09042014 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:21 pm

Madman wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
fathergoose wrote:
imnion wrote:Keep in mind reviewing PTs are more important than actually taking them.


lawgirl99 wrote:Do as many as you can without running into burnout. PTs were my greatest means of score improvement.


I agree with both of these. Learning rules and strategies is important and has its place, but the best thing you can do is to do as many tests you can get your hands on and to meticulously go through your wrong answers and guesses. IMHO


Doubly true if timing is an issue.


Timing is definitely still an issue for me, so I would be a person who needs to do a lot of PT's, but I don't want to burn out.


I took about 6 tests a week for 4 weeks and I worked full time, and I didn't burn out. So not everyone does burn out.

If you start feeling burned out (or see a sudden drop), stop for two days and do no LSAT. And I'd do nothing the day before the LSAT no matter what.

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby calicocat » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:26 pm

Do as many as you possibly can without losing too much sleep or stressing out. I did approx 1 a day in september and 2 a day the week of the lsat. Went through every test, my score only kept going up (underachieved a bit on test day but ces't la vie)

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Postby ps494 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:29 pm

Oli wrote:Do as many as you possibly can without losing too much sleep or stressing out. I did approx 1 a day in september and 2 a day the week of the lsat. Went through every test, my score only kept going up (underachieved a bit on test day but ces't la vie)



How can you possibly do that many PTs while going to school? How would you have time to review PTs? I like to spend 6 hours reviewing each PT.

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby Madman » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:29 pm

Were you all doing 5 section tests?

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Postby 09042014 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:31 pm

Madman wrote:Were you all doing 5 section tests?


Not asked of me, but when I did PTs I did 4 sections in a row. No breaks. I figured its about the same as doing 3, then break then two more.

I had no problems on test day.

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Postby calicocat » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:33 pm

ps494 wrote:
Oli wrote:Do as many as you possibly can without losing too much sleep or stressing out. I did approx 1 a day in september and 2 a day the week of the lsat. Went through every test, my score only kept going up (underachieved a bit on test day but ces't la vie)



How can you possibly do that many PTs while going to school? How would you have time to review PTs? I like to spend 6 hours reviewing each PT.

Good question. I completely ignored school for the month of September. That was a fun term *shudder*.

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby Madman » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:34 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
Madman wrote:Were you all doing 5 section tests?


Not asked of me, but when I did PTs I did 4 sections in a row. No breaks. I figured its about the same as doing 3, then break then two more.

I had no problems on test day.



This is a good idea, as I find it hard to squeeze in the time for a whole other section when I am doing the tests in the evening after work.

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby calicocat » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:34 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
Madman wrote:Were you all doing 5 section tests?


Not asked of me, but when I did PTs I did 4 sections in a row. No breaks. I figured its about the same as doing 3, then break then two more.

I had no problems on test day.

+1
I think I only did one 5 section test

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby 09042014 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:35 pm

Oli wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
Madman wrote:Were you all doing 5 section tests?


Not asked of me, but when I did PTs I did 4 sections in a row. No breaks. I figured its about the same as doing 3, then break then two more.

I had no problems on test day.

+1
I think I only did one 5 section test


And when you are the one picking the 5th section, you know which one doesn't count, so it isn't very realistic anyway.

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Re: How Many Practice Tests Should I Do. Advice?

Postby calicocat » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:37 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
Oli wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
Madman wrote:Were you all doing 5 section tests?


Not asked of me, but when I did PTs I did 4 sections in a row. No breaks. I figured its about the same as doing 3, then break then two more.

I had no problems on test day.

+1
I think I only did one 5 section test


And when you are the one picking the 5th section, you know which one doesn't count, so it isn't very realistic anyway.

Haha yeah. My scores would have been unrealistic at best.




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