My LSAT accuracy is fairly good, however the problem is time

chrisbforever
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My LSAT accuracy is fairly good, however the problem is time

Postby chrisbforever » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:33 pm

What are some tips to improve time, I mostly go over the time limit, however, I usually get the questions correct. How can I balance accuracy and time? Any suggestions.

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Re: My LSAT accuracy is fairly good, however the problem is time

Postby BruceBarr » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:36 pm

chrisbforever wrote:What are some tips to improve time, I mostly go over the time limit, however, I usually get the questions correct. How can I balance accuracy and time? Any suggestions.


My 16 year old sister could get a 170+ given no time retraints. That's the beauty of the LSAT. Practice, practice, and practice. It's the best way. If you are understanding the questions you have the hardest part mastered. Now, just get good at doing them faster.

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Re: My LSAT accuracy is fairly good, however the problem is time

Postby Close Diamond » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:37 pm

1. Do you run out of time on every section or a specific one?
2. What are your PT scores like?

In most cases I think the best fix is to just take as many PT's as possible. But there may be tricks depending on your answers to the above questions.

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Re: My LSAT accuracy is fairly good, however the problem is time

Postby You Gotta Have Faith » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:42 pm

BruceBarr wrote:That's the beauty of the LSAT. Practice, practice, and practice. It's the best way. If you are understanding the questions you have the hardest part mastered. Now, just get good at doing them faster.


Pretty much what that guy said ^.

One thing that I once did was practice a section at a time until I got a better handle on timing. I also once gave myself slightly less time than the LSAT allots (by about 2 minutes). That way, you eventually get yourself to a point where the actual time constraint isn't quite as bad.

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Re: My LSAT accuracy is fairly good, however the problem is time

Postby chrisbforever » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:53 pm

Now while I don't usually go over by a crazy amount, probably about 5 minutes extra, I know I can't just take 5 minutes more on the real deal. Practice practice, definitely have to keep doing that.

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Re: My LSAT accuracy is fairly good, however the problem is time

Postby Saltqjibo » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:47 pm

What I've done that has helped me alot on timing for LG and RC is to time each game/passage individually. Trying to get them all under 8 or 9 minutes at the same time as I'm doing a whole section. For instance, I write down my start time and the time of finishing after each passage/game - if I go over, I shrug it off and try and work on getting the next ones under 8. This way I don't feel like I've blown the timing on the whole section if I take 15 minutes on one and 8 or 9 on the other three. I rather see it as a positive that I could do most of the games/passages in a reasonable amount of time.

I've always struggled with timing on games, and tonight I did a section using this method - after taking 13 minutes on the first game I though I was screwed so I stopped paying attention to the time and started focusing on timing the individual games. When I actually looked at the clock at the end of the section I found I'd completed them all in less than 35 minutes (and done quite well on the section!)

If your problem is LR, what helped me was to stop second guessing myself on the easy questions.

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Postby andreea7 » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:08 pm

For the LG section, I decided to stop doing the games in the order in which they are in the test, but rather quickly identify which ones would be the easiest ones for me and do those first. Of course, I panicked completely after I took the actual test that I misbubbled because of the random order of the games, but I didn't. Obviously, this would mean you are very aware of which games are easiest for you and which ones seem more difficult.

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Re: My LSAT accuracy is fairly good, however the problem is time

Postby bp colin » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:20 pm

andreea7 wrote:For the LG section, I decided to stop doing the games in the order in which they are in the test, but rather quickly identify which ones would be the easiest ones for me and do those first. Of course, I panicked completely after I took the actual test that I misbubbled because of the random order of the games, but I didn't. Obviously, this would mean you are very aware of which games are easiest for you and which ones seem more difficult.


This is the trouble with this method. It's great that it worked for you, but it's risky. A lot of time the games that at first appear the easiest are the hardest, and the ones that look terrible often have some fairly simple deductions that crack the whole thing open. The last game on Sept 09 looked crazy easy, but was insanely tedious.




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