LSAT PREP ADVICE PLEASE!!!

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GoGetIt
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LSAT PREP ADVICE PLEASE!!!

Postby GoGetIt » Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:51 am

What's up everybody? I'm new to a lot of this and I'm trying to get the ball rolling a bit early. I plan on taking my LSAT about a year from now and I've just begun the preparation process. Thus far, I've enrolled in a full-time Kaplan course to get things started. I took my first diagnostic exam a few days ago, without ever seeing these types of questions(cold), and scored a dismal 143 -_-. Very disappointing. My goal is to get into a T-14 program, and I understand, in order to do so, I will need to score MUCH better. A score within the range of 167-170 is where I'm aiming to be at by next year. I'm just looking for advice on how to get these killer scores from those who have had such performance(high 160s-180). How long did you prep? How did you prep? What NOT to do? Tips & suggestions on how to attack this thing would be greatly appreciated! Also, what ever insight you all have on this whole admissions process would be helpful, as I'm new to this and trying to avoid making mistakes. Any helpful suggestions you have towards souping up my application or information I may need to know would be great. I'll provide a little information on myself if it helps. Once again thank you all so much for your time.

URM (black male)
Working 20 hours a week.
Intern work on the side for an attorney.
Part of a big nonprofit organization towards helping poor households and struggling small business owners.
Class: Sophmore
GPA:3.7

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Re: LSAT PREP ADVICE PLEASE!!!

Postby rman1201 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:01 am

1) If you're a sophomore it's still pretty early to worry about LSAT prep, you should primarily be concerned with GPA. The best time to take the LSAT is June before senior year, starting prep 3-5 months before that.

2) LG/LR Bibles are the way to start, and taking lots of preptests.

3) See the following:
http://www.top-law-schools.com/how-i-scored-a-180-article1.html
http://www.top-law-schools.com/how-i-scored-a-180-article2.html
http://www.top-law-schools.com/how-i-scored-a-180-article3.html
http://www.top-law-schools.com/master-lsat.html
http://www.top-law-schools.com/score-well-on-lsat.html
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=41657
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=396

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Re: LSAT PREP ADVICE PLEASE!!!

Postby GoGetIt » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:45 pm

Well technically speaking due to my credit situation, I'm considered an "upper sophmore." Do you know how much the logic games section may have weighed on my score being that I got 4 right in the section(LITERALLY). I had to guess for nearly the whole section and the time pressure really got to me.

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Re: LSAT PREP ADVICE PLEASE!!!

Postby Patriot1208 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:49 pm

You won't need a 167 being black. With a 3.7 you can probably score a 162 and get into several t14's.

And only getting 4 right on LG means probably a good 17-20 points off was from that section.

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Re: LSAT PREP ADVICE PLEASE!!!

Postby GoGetIt » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:12 pm

Wow, i didn't know that it weighed so much on my score. Roughly, about how many points is each section worth??

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Re: LSAT PREP ADVICE PLEASE!!!

Postby Red Scare » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:25 pm

GoGetIt wrote:Wow, i didn't know that it weighed so much on my score. Roughly, about how many points is each section worth??


Every question is worth the same. Sections vary in size, but will usually be roughly the same. Here is a conversion chart. http://www.eduers.com/lsat/score_chart.htm

edit: This isn't exact. The curve changes for every test, but this can give you an estimate.

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Re: LSAT PREP ADVICE PLEASE!!!

Postby Patriot1208 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:28 pm

GoGetIt wrote:Wow, i didn't know that it weighed so much on my score. Roughly, about how many points is each section worth??


LSAT generally = 101 questions. The curve is somewhere around -10 for a 170. Sometimes its -7 or -8. Sometimes its -11 or -12. Generally, after that every question or two is - a point. Until you get farther down the scoring scale and then its less. But usually it equates to each question is worth between .75 and 1 point. So if you took a 24 question section and only got 4 right. Thats between about 16-20 points off.




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