Score Jump?

kennes913
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Score Jump?

Postby kennes913 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:44 pm

Diagnostic: 141
December 2010: 150
June 2011: ?

LG: weakest section only completing 2-3 games per section
RC: inconsistent ranging from -4 to -12
LR: consistently missing -9 to -11

I studied hard for about 3 months for the December LSAT and burned out about a month before the actual exam. This resulted in less practice bursts and overall focus for the exam. Within the 3 months, I took 10 PTs. (49-58)

What can I realistically expect in a score jump for the June test?

SupraVln180
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Re: Score Jump?

Postby SupraVln180 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:11 pm

If games is your worst section, read the powerscore Logic Games Bible. It should get you down to only missing 0/1 every games section, which could easily shoot your score into the 160's.

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Re: Score Jump?

Postby ATR » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:39 pm

SupraVln180 wrote:If games is your worst section, read the powerscore Logic Games Bible. It should get you down to only missing 0/1 every games section, which could easily shoot your score into the 160's.

Credited.

Research different study methods and find out what works for you. The LSAT sub-forum is particularly helpful.

hjag
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Re: Score Jump?

Postby hjag » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:01 am

Diagnostic (March 2010): 148 --> Real LSAT (Dec 2010): 170

Since I worked a full time job over the summer, I didn't begin to really study until mid-July, when my job ended. By June, I was still scoring around 156 on my preptests, but I hadn't studied very seriously.
Over the summer, I did ~2 sections a day. I started doing full length prep tests when school started again in September. Some weeks I did 2 PTs a week, other times I did them daily. This was while managing a full course load and a 10+ hr/week research job. I studied the entire logic games bible, but none of the others. I always reviewed my mistakes at the end of a PT, too. By November, my PT score range was between 166-180, with an average in the low 170s.
There's no real secret, I feel. Just study.... incessantly. And remember to take a break sometimes. I recall feeling really burned out once in awhile.

That being said, I believe it is possible for you to make the jump from 150 to 170. Just gotta put lots of time into practice, though your problem might just be getting enough rest.

kennes913
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Re: Score Jump?

Postby kennes913 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:25 am

Thanks for the encouraging words hjag. I definitely didn't do things right the first time around. My mental and physical health sucked because I was studying all the time. I'll have to manage that better and just stay consistent with my studying.

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Re: Score Jump?

Postby DarkPhantom » Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:52 pm

OP - what method have you used to study, and also for how long have you studied?

Take a course if you think you need help focusing - just make sure to do the work.

I've done both and my score improved but due to a death in the family...everything was thrown off for me. Either way, i'm retaking for the last time this feb...hoping to break the 160 barrier...

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Re: Score Jump?

Postby birD » Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:57 pm

look up pithypikes method of study, his method really perfects your LG skills

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Re: Score Jump?

Postby bhan87 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:15 pm

birD wrote:look up pithypikes method of study, his method really perfects your LG skills


+1

You definitely need to REDO games. Getting good at games is all about drawing from precedent. I.e. "this set up looks familiar... connect these two deductions, and voila!"

I followed Pithypike's advice and did all the games I could find three times. By the the end of my preparation I went 15 practice tests with 1 wrong total on all the games sections combined and an average of 10 minutes extra in each games sections. Why? Because all the setups were just the same deal over and over again.

On another note, you should check out Cambridge LSAT. They have practice sets that divide up PT 1-39 into each game type for practice. Print all of these out and photocopy three sets!

kennes913
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Re: Score Jump?

Postby kennes913 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:51 pm

I took a course that was extremely well-constructed and helpful. It had great tutors, the best resources, pretty much all that you could ask for from a prep class. I think that my problem solving, verbal reasoning, and comprehension skills need to be flexed and fine-tuned. I think the three months that I spent was mainly devoted to formulating a game plan to attack the test. I never got to the point of recognizing the patterns on more difficult question types and more difficult games.




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