Possible?

bigmnstyle
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Possible?

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:26 pm

144 diagnostic to a 154 lsat after a full length kaplan course and 3 months of studying... possible to bring that 154 up to a 160 lsat with 5 months of decent practice but a different approach... I didn't review all that often the things I missed when I would take practice tests... I heard this is most important step. Without an explanation of why it is what it is I have a hard time understand why I miss some things. Do you think I could get up to a 160 with doing about 30 practice tests and reviewing each one very carefully to see what I missed? Any suggestions on how to get to the 160 from where I currently am?

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Re: Possible?

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:28 pm

I forgot the Thanks! lol

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Re: Possible?

Postby JuTMSY4 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:33 pm

Definitely possible (and plausible). Review is pretty key (there's a solid post on TLS about it). You want to get to the point where the one's you're getting wrong should result in headsmacking rather than puzzlement.

The short of the post/guide on TLS was. Take the test (3-4 hours) and then the next day review each section thoroughly. Basically do it again without time constraints and ensure you get each one right. Then go through and check answers and re-review those you got wrong (twice).

Remember, a 154 puts you above average amongst all test-takers. And don't shoot for just a 160...

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Re: Possible?

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:45 pm

Cool, appreciate it-- btw I have the higher score guarantee through Kaplan so I get to pick and choose which classes I want to go to but the main benefit is I get to plug in all my tests and it brings up the amount of which questions I get right vs wrong and then offers explanations. Very Cool IMO! But your saying go back through each test I took after I review it and make sure I get each and every answer correct? Thanks !

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Re: Possible?

Postby cLams » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:49 pm

I would say you ABSOLUTELY can end up with at least a 160. When I took a diagnostic, I received a 146. I purchased the Powerscore books and studied for about two months and ended up with a 161 (was practicing b/w 160-165). I am definitely kicking myself in the ass for not studing longer or retaking, but it's too late for me. I would highly recommend using Powerscore or Testmasters for prep. Best of luck to you, and I wouldn't be surprised if you end up with a score in the mid-160s or higher if you are dedicated to studying!!

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Re: Possible?

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:22 pm

I have all the powerscore bibles along with every single thing Kaplan offers, including the online material. I usually get around 20 on logic games (minus 3) and around 33 right on logical reasoning... a measly 14 or 15 right on reading comprehension. I don't remember one time reviewing the reading comprehension in my studies the previous attempt. I am planning on doing each section of reading comprehension to start my studying, reviewing each one and then doing it again. I am going to do this with the oldest practice tests like the 10-20. Then I was planning on doing the same with logical reasoning. My goal is to get the reading comprehension at least at 20 correct everytime shooting for a 21-22 score and get logical reasoning from the 33 up to a 37. And of course perfect the logical games so If I could get a 23 games, 37 reasoning, and 21 on reading comp that puts me at about a 81 on the raw score which translates to about a 163 on the 2009 June lsat ... Any specific tips for reaching these individual goals?

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Re: Possible?

Postby cLams » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:14 pm

bigmnstyle wrote:I have all the powerscore bibles along with every single thing Kaplan offers, including the online material. I usually get around 20 on logic games (minus 3) and around 33 right on logical reasoning... a measly 14 or 15 right on reading comprehension. I don't remember one time reviewing the reading comprehension in my studies the previous attempt. I am planning on doing each section of reading comprehension to start my studying, reviewing each one and then doing it again. I am going to do this with the oldest practice tests like the 10-20. Then I was planning on doing the same with logical reasoning. My goal is to get the reading comprehension at least at 20 correct everytime shooting for a 21-22 score and get logical reasoning from the 33 up to a 37. And of course perfect the logical games so If I could get a 23 games, 37 reasoning, and 21 on reading comp that puts me at about a 81 on the raw score which translates to about a 163 on the 2009 June lsat ... Any specific tips for reaching these individual goals?


I would say just keep practicing. When I first took RC I received a 37%. I was great at the logic games, so I naturally wanted to practice those. Eventually I just forced myself to take a ton of RC tests, and I timed myself everytime I practiced (I'm a slow reader). I also looked for similar mistakes I made (omitting/overlooking words, misreading sentences, etc) and double checked my answers to be sure. On my actual exam, I ended up only missing 3 questions. Also, remember to spend the bulk of your time on LR questions because they make up 50% of the test, and always include an experimental section when you practice. I made the mistake of practicing without the experimental, and was not used to the duration of the actual exam. I felt confident with LR during practice, and ended up bombing the last section because I was mentally drained.

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Re: Possible?

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:06 pm

Did you time yourself to start with or just focus on accuracy? Where would you suggest starting?

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Re: Possible?

Postby albanach » Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:28 am

bigmnstyle wrote:Did you time yourself to start with or just focus on accuracy? Where would you suggest starting?


Accuracy first, then comes speed.

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Re: Possible?

Postby bigmnstyle » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:39 pm

How long should I go and or how many prep tests should I do before I incorporate speed and time myself for 35 mins a sections?




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