Improving from 145 LSAT

NorthwestStudent
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Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby NorthwestStudent » Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:31 pm

I recently took the December 2010 LSAT. I wasn't expecting to score an astronomical number. My highest practice score was a 146, and I was extremely busy in the months leading up to the exam. I studied with Kaplan, but it was hurried and rushed. Any advice for improving my score next time around?

My undergrad. GPA is 3.6

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Yassig
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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby Yassig » Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:52 pm

Get the Powerscore LG Bible, the Powerscore LR Bible, the Manhattan RC book, and just practice/drill. If you need more direction, try something like the LSAT Blog which has a great study tool with how to organize everything.

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby Taffybear2 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:03 pm

I agree... prep courses tend to give people a lot of false sence of security. I learned that lesson as well. read the bibles... take as many prep tests as possible (under timed conditions) and just remember if you want a good score it can be a long journey but worth the effort. I went from 146 diag > 155 first test > 161 2nd test over the course of a year and a half of prep. and I probably will retake. Just don't give up if you really want this!

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby polevaulter » Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:23 pm

NorthwestStudent wrote:I recently took the December 2010 LSAT. I wasn't expecting to score an astronomical number. My highest practice score was a 146, and I was extremely busy in the months leading up to the exam. I studied with Kaplan, but it was hurried and rushed. Any advice for improving my score next time around?

My undergrad. GPA is 3.6


I have the Powerscore Bibles and I think they are great. Kaplan is crap--they don't explain things well at all. I threw my Kaplan book in the garbage can.

As for the other companies mentioned, I don't know anything about them and they are also not avaliable in my area.

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby polevaulter » Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:27 pm

Taffybear2 wrote:I agree... prep courses tend to give people a lot of false sence of security.


+1
I have heard a lot of horror stories from people...they spend a lot of $$$ on the prep courses and end up bombing the test. I would never spend my own $$$ on one.

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby Taffybear2 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:57 am

Yes I took testmasters (2x) and raised my score from a 146diag> 155. in all fairness i probably wasn't ready. Instead I grabbed 3 bibles and took probably 10-15 more pts >161.

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby EarlCat » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:25 pm

Taffybear2 wrote:I agree... prep courses tend to give people a lot of false sence of security.

How so?

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby Taffybear2 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:33 pm

Just experience of myself and many friends. I think prep courses may be great for some people but for others they just think that signing up for a prep course 2-3 months before the test will be enough for them. I'm sure it is for some people but not for others. Also a lot of people get overwhelmed by all the homework/ become lazy and think that just having taken the course they will be fine. Usually prep courses have 4 timed diags. but I doubt that's really going to be enough for most people.

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:56 pm

You're 3.6 leaves you in decent shape. So, really, the only question is how hard do you want it? Do you want it so bad, you'll do anything (and I mean anything)? If so, you have enough time to score 170+. Your life till June should be TLS and prep and you'll be good to go come test day.

Like others have said, powerscore LRB/LGB are a must. If you're RC is below -2 avg., master the Voyager RC Guide and think about buying Manhattan RC booklet - it seems to be the most effective for TLSers. If you work hard your LG will be -0. Buy every PT. And then do work.

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby EarlCat » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:51 pm

Taffybear2 wrote:Just experience of myself and many friends. I think prep courses may be great for some people but for others they just think that signing up for a prep course 2-3 months before the test will be enough for them. I'm sure it is for some people but not for others. Also a lot of people get overwhelmed by all the homework/ become lazy and think that just having taken the course they will be fine. Usually prep courses have 4 timed diags. but I doubt that's really going to be enough for most people.

Sounds more like a problem with students who don't do their homework than with prep courses.

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Re: Improving from 145 LSAT

Postby Firework11 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:24 pm

EarlCat wrote:
Taffybear2 wrote:Just experience of myself and many friends. I think prep courses may be great for some people but for others they just think that signing up for a prep course 2-3 months before the test will be enough for them. I'm sure it is for some people but not for others. Also a lot of people get overwhelmed by all the homework/ become lazy and think that just having taken the course they will be fine. Usually prep courses have 4 timed diags. but I doubt that's really going to be enough for most people.

Sounds more like a problem with students who don't do their homework than with prep courses.


+1 practice makes perfect!




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