How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

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JerrySeinfeld
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How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby JerrySeinfeld » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:22 pm

I started out at a 156. The next 10 tests were between 162-165. Since then, my past 10 tests have been between 168-171. I'm quite consistent with my score at 170 or 169.

My question is how much of a drop off can I expect? Also, what factors typically force someone to expect a drop off? Nerves?

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby JerrySeinfeld » Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:34 pm

Anyone? Even if people want to just state how much of a difference between average and actual.

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby downing » Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:44 pm

I don't think it would be prudent to go into the test expecting to do worse than you usually do. It might cause anxiety, and the difficulty per section per tests vacillates so frequently that it's impossible to really predict.

I took the test already in June. I was typically scoring between 162 and 166, but my actual score on the test was a 159. However, I went into the test with the hugely mistaken assumption that the 5th section would be the experimental section. I'm pretty sure the attitude I assumed toward the 5th section contributed to the significant drop I experienced.

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby StrictlyLiable » Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:45 pm

This has been asked several times on here, but I would like to hear some new prospectives though.

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby Kurst » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:20 am

StrictlyLiable wrote:This has been asked several times on here, but I would like to hear some new prospectives though.

http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=130660#p3451805

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby cigrainger » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:23 am

Don't want to scare you, but I never PTed below 173 in my last month before the test, averaging about 175-176, and I ended up with a 171. Now, to be fair, I had to travel from northern England to Paris to take the test, my hotel room had no AC and it was hot, and I had a fever the day of the test. That all being said, most people say to expect a drop of a couple points.

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby beachbum » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:26 am

It seems that most people tend to hit at the lower range of their recent PT scores, or a point or two below average. Personally, I hit my average on the nose. And I've heard of a few people who actually outperformed their PTs. So it varies, and you know yourself better than we do, but you can generally expect to score within your recent PT range.

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby kpuc » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:21 am

How'd everybody do in terms of over/underperforming on their SATs? I'd imagine that experiences with the SAT should give some insight to what to personally expect on the LSAT.

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby Adjudicator » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:44 am

The real question here, Jerry, is why do you even want to go to law school? You're already mega-rich and I thought your true passion was stand-up comedy.

Although, Yale would probably take you even with a 168, just because of who you are.

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby Grizz » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:47 am

kpuc wrote:How'd everybody do in terms of over/underperforming on their SATs? I'd imagine that experiences with the SAT should give some insight to what to personally expect on the LSAT.


Simply, no.

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Re: How much of a difference between Prep and actual?

Postby gerbal » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:02 am

Think for most ppl, it will be around average, with a bell curve of +/- 2 to 3 points. I think people who drop in score tend to be more vocal about it, hence why there are more people who tell you to expect a drop.




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