r2b2ct wrote:aesis wrote:I'm prepping somewhat casually in the sense that I'm not taking a PT every other day like last time, and I'm striving for maximum accuracy under constrained time limits. I feel a lot more relaxed, and am trying to keep that attitude the whole way through.
I feel the same way. I feel a lot more comfortable with the test after the Oct experience. I also think the ~month break from studying while waiting for my Oct score has helped a lot with both comfort and skill. I think I'm well on my way to conquering the RC section, which basically ruined my score in Oct.
Good luck Aesis and anyone else retaking in Dec.
That's exactly how I feel too.
I think the biggest fear that I had going into the Oct LSAT would be that none of my PTs were an accurate gauge of actual test-day conditions. I hadn't taken a standardized test in 4 years since the SAT and SAT IIs, so I wasn't sure of my test-taking abilities.
Then I took the Oct test and did pretty well, even with a total lack of sleep. So now, I know that there's not some mystical barrier between PTs and the real thing.
I've been able to quickly recover the tips and strategies that I learned while studying for the Oct LSAT, and it's not as if the 3-week layoff between the test and studying again for the re-take has forced me to suddenly start from square one. I'm mostly building on the extensive studying I had done in the summer, and I'm pretty much putting on the final touches. There's not much more I can do right now to improve, except just keep stupid mistakes to a minimum if not zero.
I've only done two PTs so far, though I plan to pick it up in the next 3 weeks. I've been doing sections almost every day, usually just 2. I've been mostly working out of the Cambridge LG book, which has been really fun actually. I hope it will improve my LG which is the weakest of my sections.
Even the boards here seem to reflect this calm. Nobody's reporting their PT score every 2 days or so. Most of us probably have acceptable scores already in the bank, and are re-taking just to make those high reach schools more realistic or nab some more scholarship money.