100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

roranoa
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100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby roranoa » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:48 am

Does anyone else have this problem?

This is a problem especially for LR.

When I'm untimed I can find the right answer almost all the time

but whenever I do a timed section, I choke.

My comprehension level drops and I misinterpret some choice and get them wrong.


What kind of practice would you guys recommend for me?

Please help. June is coming.!

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby mcdad » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:51 am

Have you tried doing it untimed and then look to see how long it took. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby roranoa » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:54 am

mcdad wrote:Have you tried doing it untimed and then look to see how long it took. You might be pleasantly surprised.



Here's what I mean by untimed: I do a section timed. Then I take some more time to do over the questions I was not sure about. I take about 10 more minutes.

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby JasonR » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:08 am

With a full 2 months left, I'd say you're in pretty good shape. Just keep studying.

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby mhernton » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:12 am

1st off, everyone who takes the LSAT can get a 180 if its un-timed. Get a tutor, and work on your endurance for test day.

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby redsox » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:15 am

mhernton wrote:1st off, everyone who takes the LSAT can get a 180 if its un-timed. Get a tutor, and work on your endurance for test day.


I don't think that's true, unless your reasoning is that, in theory, everyone could guess all the right answers.

There are plenty of people out there who wouldn't get every question right if they had all day.

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby JasonR » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:18 am

mhernton wrote:1st off, everyone who takes the LSAT can get a 180 if its un-timed. Get a tutor, and work on your endurance for test day.


Even with ~45 minutes per section, which is how long the OP is taking, the overwhelming majority of test takers will not hit a 180 or anything all that close to it. (Hell, I'd be pretty surprised if even a simple majority could hit a 180 if you gave them 24 hours to do the test.)

If you're hitting 100% accuracy on 45 minute sections 2 full months from test day, you're in pretty good shape.

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby roranoa » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:24 am

If you're hitting 100% accuracy on 45 minute sections 2 full months from test day, you're in pretty good shape.


Thanks. But then, what do I have to do....was my question.....to get my work done in time?

Plus, I'm running out of PT's. I'm doing 42 now. there's only up to 59. so.....hmm?

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby JasonR » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:30 am

I would think that reviewing questions you found difficult and beginning to tighten down on time limits for your remaining PTs should do the trick as well as anything. Maybe someone else has something more helpful to add.

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:32 am

roranoa wrote:
If you're hitting 100% accuracy on 45 minute sections 2 full months from test day, you're in pretty good shape.


Thanks. But then, what do I have to do....was my question.....to get my work done in time?

Plus, I'm running out of PT's. I'm doing 42 now. there's only up to 59. so.....hmm?


Give yourself extra time per section and then start to speed things up once you find consistent accuracy. Limited PT's might make this a little harder to do, but still very doable.

Try giving yourself 42 minutes per section (strictly timed) and see how it goes. Feel free to cut up the next 2-3 tests and tinker around on your speed on individual sections. You might try different speeds on LR/RC/LG, depending on where your current speed is at.

Are you taking just the 4 section PT's? If so, once you hit the 50's you might want to consider cutting up a PT to include as an experimental for the next 4 tests. You need to be preparing for what test day will be like.

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby tomwatts » Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:33 am

As people have been saying, build up speed gradually. Don't jump from 45 minutes to 35 minutes in one leap. It's not at all surprising that your accuracy crashed. Go to 42, then 39, then 37, then 35. (Or something like that.)

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Re: 100% Accuracy untimed but breakdown when timed! Advice!!

Postby danget bobby » Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:19 am

You can't get a 180 timed until you can get it untimed.

With regards to the LR section, keep track of the previous tests you took and see which question numbers you are missing consistently. For me, the majority of questions I miss fall between question 15-21ish, so when taking a timed section, I will do questions 1-14 (which is the first 4 pages of the section, then skip to 22-26 (the last 2 pages), then come back to 15-21 (pages 5 and 6 - the ones that I most miss) with more time than normal, usually 10 minutes or so.




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