Am i heading in the right direction?

fut1l
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Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby fut1l » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:59 pm

Hello everyone .. Ive recently became a member of this forum and its a pleasure to meet all you.

Heres my story... Im a college senior graduating by june .. I have not had any studying lsat experience yet. All i did was research about law school i wish to attend , what they require , and the whole ls process. Ive took a LOGIC course in college figuring it would help the LSAT. Ive also heard that Powescore is great for prepping the lsat. So my question are :

Should i take the course right after i graduate (studying before is not an option as im swamped with classes) and then take the lsat after its over? (ive heard thats the goal of the coarse : to prep you and take the test right after the course)

or should i take the course .. practice some more practice tests .. take another and then take the LSAt.. I want the best possible score to get into my dreams school...

Please advise me , those of you that know , have been through it and those who feel generous to weigh in.

thanks

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Re: Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby tourdeforcex » Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:06 pm

My opinion: take the course after you graduate and take the LSAT when it's over. As you might be able to guess, LSAT prep is rigorous and can be tiresome. Get it over with, rock the LSAT, apply to your schools.

If the score is not as high as you need, you can always then defer to your second plan. For example, you take a practice test after your course and it's not high enough. Study some more and take December.

Enjoy senior year. Life is very different after college.

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Re: Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby 2011Law » Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:55 pm

Also took a logic course, I don't think it helps any more for the LSAT than just reading the LG Bible. Not sure what you're aiming for (your gpa and lsat will determine if you get into your "dreams school"), but I think most people here have said that the prep courses don't really help you get past the mid-160s, if you can get there at all.

Btw, your grammar/spellings/cAPitaliZations are bad/dumb. Did you not write during your time at undergrad?

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Re: Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby fut1l » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:32 pm

A since Thank You to everyone who has replied in such rapid time

2011 Law - I apologize , but when i write on a forum i tend to type very quickly and make mistake in spelling and grammar. As a matter of fact , i did take many classes in English both grammar and literature.

I really do think that taking a practice test after the LSAT course is a great indicator of weather i should take the LSAT or continue studying for it. My current GPA is in the 3.6 range and i am sure there is still potential for increase. I would love to go to the Ivy league (preferably Harvard as this is my dream school. I do know the GPA must be in the 3.7's at least).

I majored in Political science and did a minor in English. Many of my Pol Sci course have all been advanced course and i have took many Graduate course in other subjects such as History. Additionally , I will be graduating with an Honors and have member ship in both a Pol Sci honor society and Alpha Chi.... Hope some of this info helps clear up the confusion.


I am trying to enjoy my senior year but it is quite hard. I know my main job is to keep my GPA as high as possible so it remains my priority. I figure i would keep it as high as it can get and then get the best LSAT score i can get. Then i will worry about schools and the rest of the process. I just want to keep the numbers as high as i can because i understand LS is a numbers game.

Awaiting replies ,

Thanks You

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Re: Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby northwood » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:57 pm

do your best to keep the grades up. Purchase the LRB and LGB. Pencil in 2 hours a day from here on out for lsat study. ( if you're going to take the test in june.. otherwise dont start until feb) Work on each section of the LRB and LGB ( purchase as many old official prep tests as possible) and drill each question type. then move on to untimed sections- then timed sections, then full length prep tests. If you find yourself struggling with the concepts, consider getting a prep course, or private tutor ( prep courses cost around 1100, a tutor froma company - around 100/ hour- but they have earned a 170+/ craigslist or other types- you can negotiate cost and need to dig for scores). If your goal is to take it next october- dedicate your summer to lsat ( 2-3 hours a day 6 days a week.. plan on taking 3 consecutive days off a month to re charge your brain)

personally, id take it in october. Enjoy the rest of this semester, and begin the process around february. Make sure to enjoy as much of college as you like ( if you start prepping during school- keep your weekends free- that way you can get as much fun as you can)

take a full length diagnostic exam cold. this will help you get a good idea of how much you need to put in for this exam.

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Re: Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby fut1l » Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:14 pm

Actually , I was thinking of taking practice test cold to see what i am up against. That is s great idea. As a matter of fact , i do plan to spend most of the summer studying for the LSAT. The question is whether those 3-4 months are enough to hit the 180's . However , i guess that depends on the level I am at after taking a practice test. On the average , is 3-4 months enough for a 180?

I do not know about taking it in September or October .. I definitely know i want to take it after the summer, but, I do not know when. Im willing to delay it as much as to the end of that year if it means the extra studying will get me the 180 or close to it.

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Re: Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby northwood » Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:18 pm

a 180 is a perfect score. very rare. 90% of all test takers do not score a 165. Dont get caught up with getting a 180. numbers wise, you wont make it. In fact, dont even think about your final score yet. youll just get frustrated, and burn out. Just try to get your concepts down pat,and eliminate any dumb mistakes, while keeping your accuracy, speed, and consistency high.

take your diagnostic. See what your score is, and where you are percentile wise. Understand that its going to take a lot of work and dedication to even see a 7 point increase from your diagnostic score.

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Re: Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby fut1l » Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:44 pm

I understand . So , I will take my diagnostic and then after i can go for a course?
I do know they are very expensive but i am willing to spend my money for this. It is important. I will focus on concepts and tactics rather than score. Thank you , that is solid advice

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Re: Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby northwood » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:32 am

once you get your diagnostic score.. you will able to see if a course is right for you. If you score a 165+ on the diagnostic, then you might not need the course.( they teach you the concepts) Definately get the Logic Reasoning Bible and the Logic Games Bible. Even if you take a course from someone other than powerscore, the concepts are the same, just the verbage is different.

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Re: Am i heading in the right direction?

Postby DukeCornell » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:37 am

2011Law wrote:Also took a logic course, I don't think it helps any more for the LSAT than just reading the LG Bible. Not sure what you're aiming for (your gpa and lsat will determine if you get into your "dreams school"), but I think most people here have said that the prep courses don't really help you get past the mid-160s, if you can get there at all.

Btw, your grammar/spellings/cAPitaliZations are bad/dumb. Did you not write during your time at undergrad?



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