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4th time's the charm?

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:00 pm
by Nancy_Botwin
So here's my story in a nutshell:
I get MAJOR test anxiety and have two scores on my report that hover around 150 (plus one major stink bomb from 2006 that will disappear in October). In February 2010 I had a panic attack the morning of, then in February 2011 I pretty much had a week-long panic attack leading up to the test.

I obviously won't be getting in anywhere with those scores so what do you guys suggest to bump up my score? I've tried self study and a private tutor (the tutor ended up being a bit of a bust). My undergrad GPA is a 3.2 (accounting and finance -- I worked my butt off for that crappy GPA!) and my graduate GPA is a 3.96. I know grad GPAs don't hold much weight but my degree will be in the legal field.

I'm planning on taking the June 2011 test (then the October test if necessary). Does anyone have pointers? I have books from Powerscore, Princeton Review, Kaplan, and LSAC so I'm well stocked.

I'm leaning towards DU (Denver) and CU because, well, why leave Colorado? Thanks in advance!

Re: 4th time's the charm?

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:04 pm
by Jack Smirks
What were you PTing around?

Re: 4th time's the charm?

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:10 pm
by Younger Abstention
I would give it one more shot, but if you are repeatedly unable to steady your nerves this may not be the profession for you.

Re: 4th time's the charm?

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:41 pm
by Kurst
Anxiety: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=147078#p3993803
All of the LSAT preparation advice you will ever need: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=396

Re: 4th time's the charm?

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:51 am
by Nancy_Botwin
naterj wrote:What were you PTing around?


160-170 so I was really amped about finishing the Feb 2011 test. I was aiming for a 165 -- Total bummer but at least my practice tests were decent, right? (Right?!)

Re: 4th time's the charm?

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:56 am
by Nancy_Botwin
Younger Abstention wrote:I would give it one more shot, but if you are repeatedly unable to steady your nerves this may not be the profession for you.


A lot of my anxiety has to do with current life issues. I'm working on meditation, self-talk, and self-medication :wink:
I'm determined to make this happen -- I'm such a competitive person plus I love the classroom environment. As for as the legal profession goes, a JD can do more than just get you in a crowded courtroom or a tense conference room mediation. I'm not worried about my anxiety issues interfering with my law career. I'm just worried about it interfering with this ridiculous test!

So would you guys suggest self-study? Another tutor? Classroom? I'm totally broke (my parents aren't too flush with cash either) but I'm confident these few months of quasi-misery will pay off.

Re: 4th time's the charm?

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:57 am
by Nancy_Botwin
Kurst wrote:Anxiety: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=147078#p3993803
All of the LSAT preparation advice you will ever need: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=396


Thanks! Should have poked around more before posting!