Beginning LSAT Prep - Diagnostic Test(s)

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Beginning LSAT Prep - Diagnostic Test(s)

Postby Übermensch » Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:05 pm

Most people recommend beginning LSAT preparations by taking a diagnostic PrepTest to determine your current score and abilities. I can't really think of a better way of going about studying than simply immersing myself first, and then working through different study guides (PowerScore, Atlas, etc.) based on my weaknesses. However, I do have some questions:

Which PrepTest should I use as my diagnostic? I know that the newer ones will best resemble the LSAT I will take in October. However, what specific range of PrepTests are most like the current generation tests?

Should I simply take one diagnostic, or multiple? I can see how averaging a set of diagnostic scores could be more accurate at determining where I currently stand than simply one cold test.

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Re: Beginning LSAT Prep - Diagnostic Test(s)

Postby bigc2 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:21 pm

I would take 1 diagnostic, and use something from 2005 or later. 2005-2006 will give you a fairly good idea of what the recent trends in the test are without overwhelming you with some of the more difficult logic games, etc, that have popped up in the past year to two years.

If you have virtually no experience with the test (like I did on my diagnostic) a test from that time period will give you a good indication of where you're at without scaring the bejeezus out of you. Also, I wouldn't take more than one diagnostic, mainly because as soon as you do you'll want to learn it all so you can dominate.

Good luck!!

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Re: Beginning LSAT Prep - Diagnostic Test(s)

Postby Atlas LSAT Teacher » Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:25 pm

Don't sweat this issue too much. I would simply go for June 2007 -- it's easily available online. You can also enter your results into the LSAT tracker - scroll down and then download it, instructions are in there - and that'll give you a sense of where you're at and what sort of prep would be appropriate. The important things here are:
1) be strict with the timing (if you want to get uber-serious, add in an experimental -- and definitely start doing that once you start your prep in earnest); and
2) don't get discouraged -- it can be a real head-spin the first time you take an LSAT.

Good luck!

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Re: Beginning LSAT Prep - Diagnostic Test(s)

Postby tomwatts » Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:39 pm

I second the June '07 idea.

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