Hey everyone, first time poster here!

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Hey everyone, first time poster here!

Postby Bigsby » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:27 pm

Hey everyone,

First time poster here. I recently found this board and found a lot of the information incredibly useful so I'd just like to start by expressing my gratitude. Thank you all so much!

I am a senior undergrad and my last semester starts in a matter of days. My GPA is approximately a 3.7x and will raise to a 3.8x at most by the end of this year. I am very confident in getting a 4.0 this semester and, at worst, my GPA will not go down if I do not perform as I expect.

However I have a strong desire to really raise my LSAT score which is currently a 165. I achieved this by studying approximately a month before the Oct. 2010 test and believe I can do very well if I really concentrate and study hard. I have decided to adopt the plan I recently found in the stickied thread by pithypike and found that I have all the necessary books already for the plan itself. So anyway I was wondering, if you have about 4 months to prepare for the exam (assuming I take it in June as I did not apply this year for various reasons), how much ground did all you top-scorers (170+) cover during your daily studying. I know that asking for the nitty-gritty specifics is a little ridiculous, but I just wanted to gain any insight whatsoever into the mindset of the top scorers on the board with regards to their daily LSAT studying (such as how much of each section you covered, did you focus on one section a day, did you study for hours and hours, etc). I am afraid that organization and inefficient use of time are the two biggest issues that stop me from breaking the 170 range. Though pithypike does give you a basic overview, I would just like a little more insight into people's daily trials and tribulations with LSAT studying.

Thanks again! I know that with this help in daily organization and also more familiarity with each LG and LR type so that it becomes second nature, I can break 170+.

EDIT: I should also mention that my reach school is NYU. I know I don't have the LSAT score now to get into there so I am going to give it another shot. My friend had a 3.3 UGPA and a 175 or 176 on the LSAT and got in ED. Bullshit as my GPA is going to be a solid .5 higher than hers! I definitely understated the importance of the LSAT. But yes, if this information helps you at all in maybe giving me advise that I might have overlooked, then I would realllly appreciate it. I just thought I'd mention my goal LSAT score and goal school as it seems to give people a lot of good feedback.

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Re: Hey everyone, first time poster here!

Postby 2014 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:50 pm

I tended to do about 2-3 practice tests a week and would always review them immediately after. I only focused on the answers that I got wrong and any that I knew were basically guesses. I rarely took one two days in a row as it felt like overkill. I didn't do 5 section ones much as it is already a stretch to find 2.5 hours in a day to devote entirely to a PT, but others swear that you have to do 5 sections to really prepare. I did always time myself strictly and would switch up locations doing some at my apartment, others at Barnes and Noble or Panera, and some at the library.

On non-PT days that I studied, which was another 2-3 days a week, I would tend to focus on a given section at a time, but not necessarily only one section a day. For example, I might spend an hour and a half doing a practice LR section and 10 practice parallel problems if I knew that I was struggling with that type. After that I might move on and do a couple of games, focusing on game types that I knew would occupy my time. This was all after having worked through the RC Bible, LR Bible, and a little of the LG Bible as well. I very very rarely would do RC passages, mostly leaving RC practice to the actual full PTs.

I was in an online class throughout all of this which was helpful to keep me accountable, though didn't teach anything revolutionary that you couldn't find either here or in a prep book. The nice thing was the resources through the company that let me create a quiz for myself by section and question type so I could focus on weaknesses.


You will already be at an advantage having sat for the test once and knowing how it goes. Test anxiety is a wildcard that some people have to deal with and I fortunately do not so I can't help you there.

I got a 175 btw

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Re: Hey everyone, first time poster here!

Postby Bigsby » Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:55 pm

Awesome! Thanks for the info man and gratz on the awesome score.




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