Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

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Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

Postby Zone27 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:23 am

Hi Guys,

I'm a noobie here, although I've been lurking around for some time now. My intention is to send in applications for the next cycle, and I would like to hear your opinions about how I plan on preparing for the June test, and if it's adviseable to even take the test given the timeframe. Currently I'm working full-time, close to 14hrs a day so I generally don't have much energy left for self-study. Consequently, I plan on registering with Testmasters for their session right before the June LSAT. I just want the structure a class would provide primarily because of my general lack of energy after the work week. In the interim before the class, I've been reading Informal Logic by Doug Walton, and I just have a chapter left. The LR and LG BIbles just arrived in the mail last week, so I plan on jumping into the LR Bible (since this makes up 50% of the score) and completing it before the 4/28 start date of the Testmasters class. In conjunction with the class, I'll tackle the LG Bible while continuing general reviews of LR material (both in class and on my own).

What do you guys think of this approach? Do you think it's adviseable to just wait for the Oct test and take more time with the studying? Or else I score astronomically well in June, it's likely I'll take the Oct test anyway.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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Re: Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

Postby 09042014 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:34 am

Zone27 wrote:Hi Guys,

I'm a noobie here, although I've been lurking around for some time now. My intention is to send in applications for the next cycle, and I would like to hear your opinions about how I plan on preparing for the June test, and if it's adviseable to even take the test given the timeframe. Currently I'm working full-time, close to 14hrs a day so I generally don't have much energy left for self-study. Consequently, I plan on registering with Testmasters for their session right before the June LSAT. I just want the structure a class would provide primarily because of my general lack of energy after the work week. In the interim before the class, I've been reading Informal Logic by Doug Walton, and I just have a chapter left. The LR and LG BIbles just arrived in the mail last week, so I plan on jumping into the LR Bible (since this makes up 50% of the score) and completing it before the 4/28 start date of the Testmasters class. In conjunction with the class, I'll tackle the LG Bible while continuing general reviews of LR material (both in class and on my own).

What do you guys think of this approach? Do you think it's adviseable to just wait for the Oct test and take more time with the studying? Or else I score astronomically well in June, it's likely I'll take the Oct test anyway.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.


No. Maybe if you could devote two or three hours day but you won't be able to.

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Re: Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

Postby Ragged » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:11 am

Have you taken any PTs before? Are you atleast somewhat familiar with the test or are you starting anew? How high of a score are you aiming for?

Just to give you an idea, in order to get 170+ you will probably need to do 3-5hrs a day or so of self study for at least a month (but probably more than that).

Working 14hrs a day and studying for the LSAT is insane, so you are going to have to make some choices.

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Re: Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

Postby Zone27 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:10 pm

Thanks for the responses.

I'm familiar with the test's format and sections, but I haven't done much in depth studying (just got LGB and LRB las week). And yes, I'm interested in doing this the right way and getting the highest score I'm capable of, so if that means waiting for Oct and setting a schedule until then, I'm fine with that. How wise is it though to take my first real test one month before schools begin taking apps? I would like to apply as early in the cycle as possible, and knowing my score well in advance would be nice.

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Re: Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

Postby redsox » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:20 pm

Ragged wrote:Have you taken any PTs before? Are you atleast somewhat familiar with the test or are you starting anew? How high of a score are you aiming for?

Just to give you an idea, in order to get 170+ you will probably need to do 3-5hrs a day or so of self study for at least a month (but probably more than that).


Working 14hrs a day and studying for the LSAT is insane, so you are going to have to make some choices.


That depends on where he's starting. He might not need to study at all to get a 170.

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Re: Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

Postby Ragged » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:38 pm

Zone27 wrote:Thanks for the responses.

I'm familiar with the test's format and sections, but I haven't done much in depth studying (just got LGB and LRB las week). And yes, I'm interested in doing this the right way and getting the highest score I'm capable of, so if that means waiting for Oct and setting a schedule until then, I'm fine with that. How wise is it though to take my first real test one month before schools begin taking apps? I would like to apply as early in the cycle as possible, and knowing my score well in advance would be nice.



What you need to do is take a couple of PTs under real conditions to see where you stand, because like redsox said if you are already scoring in high 160s/low 170s then taking the test in June should not be a problem for you. On the other hand if you are struggling to break 160, then getting the best score you can might need to wait untill September. Its better to apply later with a high score then earlier with a low one.

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Re: Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

Postby GRADstudentAF » Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:28 pm

Is there any added benefit to taking the LSAT in June as apposed to October? I am currently studying for the October test, for the same admissions cycle.

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Re: Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

Postby sluguy14 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:37 pm

GRADstudentAF wrote:Is there any added benefit to taking the LSAT in June as apposed to October? I am currently studying for the October test, for the same admissions cycle.


The June test is held in the afternoon if you're not a morning person. And taking it in June will give you the best opportunity to get your apps in early. Other than that, no.

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Re: Should I take the June LSAT if I begin studying now?

Postby upfish » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:53 pm

I actually have the same question. If I can devote 2-3 hours per day, have both Bibles, and a book of practice tests, am I good to take June? I prefer the afternoon time, as I'm not so awake in the morning, and I would like to know my scores before I start preparing apps for the next cycle.

I studied 4-5 hours a day last May-June, slacked off July-September, took September LSAT, scored 157. Only did two practice tests, was generally a lazy overconfident jerkwad.

Basically, I assume that last year's practice grasping the basics, and the amount of time I can devote to studying currently as a member of America's tragically unemployed, means that I can miss the 3rd month of studying and still score upper 160s-lower 170s?

(Sorry that this is sort of threadjacking, feel free to ignore me. I just felt like starting an entirely new thread was silly.)




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