time your tests with a 5 minute warning!

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time your tests with a 5 minute warning!

Postby IAFG » Tue May 11, 2010 1:13 pm

hearing you only have 5 minutes remaining is panic-inducing. make sure you have an AUDIBLE 5 minute warning on your PTs on every section.

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Postby 09042014 » Tue May 11, 2010 1:15 pm

What kind of person gets thrown off by hearing some one say, "Five minutes left"?

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Postby IAFG » Tue May 11, 2010 1:16 pm

Desert Fox wrote:What kind of person gets thrown off by hearing some one say, "Five minutes left"?

the majority.

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Postby tomwatts » Tue May 11, 2010 1:21 pm

Enough people that we actually talk about it in my classes. :P

Yeah, usually people try to crank it up into high gear in the last 5 minutes, and usually they do it in the wrong ways ("AAAAHHH I'VE ONLY DONE 2 GAMES IN THE PAST 30 MINUTES SO NOW I'M GOING TO MAKE UP FOR IT BY DOING 2 MORE GAMES IN THE NEXT 5 MINUTES AAAAHHHH!!!"), so it's worth considering at least for a moment or two what to do as time is winding down.

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Postby IAFG » Tue May 11, 2010 1:22 pm

tomwatts wrote:Enough people that we actually talk about it in my classes. :P

Yeah, usually people try to crank it up into high gear in the last 5 minutes, and usually they do it in the wrong ways ("AAAAHHH I'VE ONLY DONE 2 GAMES IN THE PAST 30 MINUTES SO NOW I'M GOING TO MAKE UP FOR IT BY DOING 2 MORE GAMES IN THE NEXT 5 MINUTES AAAAHHHH!!!"), so it's worth considering at least for a moment or two what to do as time is winding down.

in games, when your last 5 minutes is enough time to solve a whole game, the best thing is probably learn to completely ignore it. that is what i did anyway. in every section, come to think of it.

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Postby IAFG » Tue May 11, 2010 4:48 pm

shameless bump to help my achieve a personal goal

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Postby BigA » Wed May 12, 2010 2:47 am

IAFG wrote:
tomwatts wrote:Enough people that we actually talk about it in my classes. :P

Yeah, usually people try to crank it up into high gear in the last 5 minutes, and usually they do it in the wrong ways ("AAAAHHH I'VE ONLY DONE 2 GAMES IN THE PAST 30 MINUTES SO NOW I'M GOING TO MAKE UP FOR IT BY DOING 2 MORE GAMES IN THE NEXT 5 MINUTES AAAAHHHH!!!"), so it's worth considering at least for a moment or two what to do as time is winding down.

in games, when your last 5 minutes is enough time to solve a whole game, the best thing is probably learn to completely ignore it. that is what i did anyway. in every section, come to think of it.


I've never done a game in 5 minutes. But if you can, it sounds like terrible section management to be doing that game last :shock:

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Postby IAFG » Wed May 12, 2010 3:02 am

BigA wrote:
IAFG wrote:
tomwatts wrote:Enough people that we actually talk about it in my classes. :P

Yeah, usually people try to crank it up into high gear in the last 5 minutes, and usually they do it in the wrong ways ("AAAAHHH I'VE ONLY DONE 2 GAMES IN THE PAST 30 MINUTES SO NOW I'M GOING TO MAKE UP FOR IT BY DOING 2 MORE GAMES IN THE NEXT 5 MINUTES AAAAHHHH!!!"), so it's worth considering at least for a moment or two what to do as time is winding down.

in games, when your last 5 minutes is enough time to solve a whole game, the best thing is probably learn to completely ignore it. that is what i did anyway. in every section, come to think of it.


I've never done a game in 5 minutes. But if you can, it sounds like terrible section management to be doing that game last :shock:

it worked out for me.

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Postby PDaddy » Wed May 12, 2010 3:31 am

tomwatts wrote:Enough people that we actually talk about it in my classes. :P

Yeah, usually people try to crank it up into high gear in the last 5 minutes, and usually they do it in the wrong ways ("AAAAHHH I'VE ONLY DONE 2 GAMES IN THE PAST 30 MINUTES SO NOW I'M GOING TO MAKE UP FOR IT BY DOING 2 MORE GAMES IN THE NEXT 5 MINUTES AAAAHHHH!!!"), so it's worth considering at least for a moment or two what to do as time is winding down.


Make sure you have no more than 3 questions left by the time you get to the 30 minute mark. That's all you can do.

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Re: time your tests with a 5 minute warning!

Postby Knock » Wed May 12, 2010 3:57 am

IAFG wrote:hearing you only have 5 minutes remaining is panic-inducing. make sure you have an AUDIBLE 5 minute warning on your PTs on every section.


Would you be willing to volunteer yourself to call me and inform me of the 5 minute warning while i'm taking my PT's?

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Postby shock259 » Wed May 12, 2010 10:47 am

This thread and the pencil thread are my favorites in a while.

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Postby PadawanLaw » Thu May 13, 2010 8:11 am

I agree, actually. At first, the 5-minute warning was a little jarring and would cause me to mentally evaluate where I was at in the test (wasting about a minute). By the 10th time, I barely moved when I heard it.

I would use one of the proctor mp3s that has the 5-minute built in if you are finding yourself phased at all by the prompt.

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Postby IAFG » Thu May 13, 2010 9:31 am

shock259 wrote:This thread and the pencil thread are my favorites in a while.

i realize it sounds like a small thing, obviously i did not think it mattered either; for two tests' worth of prep i just set a timer for 35 minutes. but wasting time panicking because i was worried i had too little time for too much section is, i think, the #1 reason i had to take the LSAT 3 times.

also, once i changed my preparation method i got comfortable with the fact that, for example, i can get a game done in under 5 minutes, or 6 end-of-section LR questions. that confidence makes a huge difference.

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Re: time your tests with a 5 minute warning!

Postby MC Southstar » Thu May 13, 2010 9:32 am

IAFG wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:What kind of person gets thrown off by hearing some one say, "Five minutes left"?

the majority.


The majority of people are stupid and incompetent.

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Re: time your tests with a 5 minute warning!

Postby IAFG » Thu May 13, 2010 9:41 am

MC Southstar wrote:
IAFG wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:What kind of person gets thrown off by hearing some one say, "Five minutes left"?

the majority.


The majority of people are stupid and incompetent.

half of everyone is sub-median intelligence, i mean...

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Postby Robert398 » Fri May 14, 2010 11:14 am

The LSAT Proctor DVD has this feature

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Postby 06132010 » Fri May 14, 2010 11:15 am

IAFG wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:What kind of person gets thrown off by hearing some one say, "Five minutes left"?

the majority.


false.

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Postby IAFG » Fri May 14, 2010 11:25 am

booyakasha45 wrote:
IAFG wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:What kind of person gets thrown off by hearing some one say, "Five minutes left"?

the majority.

false.

seems like an odd point to take a stand on, but alright, i'll bite... i think the majority of testers are anxious about sitting for the LSAT in general, and also have problems finishing some or all of their sections, and hearing a 5 minute warning called on test day raises their anxiety enough to impact their performance during those last 5 minutes.

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Re: time your tests with a 5 minute warning!

Postby 06132010 » Fri May 14, 2010 11:26 am

IAFG wrote:
booyakasha45 wrote:
IAFG wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:What kind of person gets thrown off by hearing some one say, "Five minutes left"?

the majority.

false.

seems like an odd point to take a stand on, but alright, i'll bite... i think the majority of testers are anxious about sitting for the LSAT in general, and also have problems finishing some or all of their sections, and hearing a 5 minute warning called on test day raises their anxiety enough to impact their performance during those last 5 minutes.


(douchey comment rescinded). you're right.

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Re: time your tests with a 5 minute warning!

Postby 09042014 » Fri May 14, 2010 11:43 am

booyakasha45 wrote:
IAFG wrote:
booyakasha45 wrote:
IAFG wrote:What kind of person gets thrown off by hearing some one say, "Five minutes left"?
the majority.

false.

seems like an odd point to take a stand on, but alright, i'll bite... i think the majority of testers are anxious about sitting for the LSAT in general, and also have problems finishing some or all of their sections, and hearing a 5 minute warning called on test day raises their anxiety enough to impact their performance during those last 5 minutes.


(douchey comment rescinded). you're right.


No she isn't.

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Re: time your tests with a 5 minute warning!

Postby 06132010 » Fri May 14, 2010 11:44 am

Desert Fox wrote:No she isn't.


no fucking shit.

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Re: time your tests with a 5 minute warning!

Postby BigA » Sat May 15, 2010 3:54 pm

yeah, I can see feeling like this if I still had like an entire RC passage to go. When I know I'm behind I don't even like to look at my watch because it can be panic-inducing. I would rather get a warning at like 30 seconds to go so I could bubble in any answers I didn't get to.




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