PT Timing?

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alexonfyre
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PT Timing?

Postby alexonfyre » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:05 pm

So, when you finish a timed PT section (including checking answers) , do you wait the full 35 to start the next one, or do you just stop the timer and move on?

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Re: PT Timing?

Postby Manhattan LSAT Noah » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:59 pm

I'd suggest you not check the answers, instead roll right into the next section, after 3, take a 10 minute break, then do 2 more, then review the test before checking your answers, looking over any of the questions you found difficult or took you too long. Then check the answers.

I know that sounds a bit like a rude answer to your question, but doing realistic practice tests is crucial.

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Re: PT Timing?

Postby alexonfyre » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:40 pm

Manhattan LSAT Noah wrote:I'd suggest you not check the answers, instead roll right into the next section, after 3, take a 10 minute break, then do 2 more, then review the test before checking your answers, looking over any of the questions you found difficult or took you too long. Then check the answers.

I know that sounds a bit like a rude answer to your question, but doing realistic practice tests is crucial.


I didn't mean checking the answers, as in the actual answer key, but in the sense of rereading problem questions and checking your work.

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Re: PT Timing?

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:56 pm

If you have extra time, you might as well look over your answers. You can re-read questions and make sure something doesn't sound different the 2nd time around (meaning that you may have mis-read it the first time), and definitely go back and try to answer any questions you skipped or weren't sure of. But if you're just staring at the page without accomplishing anything, consider moving on.

Also, if you tend to double-guess yourself on answers that were right the first time, you may want to force yourself to trust your initial answers and not allow yourself to change them.

On tests (not just the LSAT, but pretty much all tests throughout my life), I get to a certain point where I can tell I'm just not going to get any smarter in the next [x] minutes. When I got to that point during a PT, I moved on. LG was the only section I ever had an issue with finishing in the 35 minutes, so it was the only one ever I bothered timing.
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Re: PT Timing?

Postby northwood » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:58 pm

if you are doing a single section work- then re do your work when you are done . If you are taking a full practice test- then go right into the next section. You need to simulate testing conditions as best as possible. IF its just one section- and you want to take more time to dissect the questions, then go ahead before you grade it.

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Re: PT Timing?

Postby alexonfyre » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:20 pm

northwood wrote:if you are doing a single section work- then re do your work when you are done . If you are taking a full practice test- then go right into the next section. You need to simulate testing conditions as best as possible. IF its just one section- and you want to take more time to dissect the questions, then go ahead before you grade it.


I meant in full-on PTs, Mainly on RC, I will find myself with 5-10 minutes of time, with all questions answered and questions I wasn't sure about double checked. I was just wondering if I should sit there and wait out the time, to simulate the test better, or if I could just move on to the next section, so I can watch some TV before I have to go to bed =P.

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Re: PT Timing?

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:50 pm

alexonfyre wrote:
northwood wrote:if you are doing a single section work- then re do your work when you are done . If you are taking a full practice test- then go right into the next section. You need to simulate testing conditions as best as possible. IF its just one section- and you want to take more time to dissect the questions, then go ahead before you grade it.


I meant in full-on PTs, Mainly on RC, I will find myself with 5-10 minutes of time, with all questions answered and questions I wasn't sure about double checked. I was just wondering if I should sit there and wait out the time, to simulate the test better, or if I could just move on to the next section, so I can watch some TV before I have to go to bed =P.


I moved on, so that I could go to bed. (I also watched TV during PTs.) Worked fine for me, but I think I may be an odd case. YMMV.

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Re: PT Timing?

Postby alexonfyre » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:07 am

rinkrat19 wrote:
alexonfyre wrote:
northwood wrote:if you are doing a single section work- then re do your work when you are done . If you are taking a full practice test- then go right into the next section. You need to simulate testing conditions as best as possible. IF its just one section- and you want to take more time to dissect the questions, then go ahead before you grade it.


I meant in full-on PTs, Mainly on RC, I will find myself with 5-10 minutes of time, with all questions answered and questions I wasn't sure about double checked. I was just wondering if I should sit there and wait out the time, to simulate the test better, or if I could just move on to the next section, so I can watch some TV before I have to go to bed =P.


I moved on, so that I could go to bed. (I also watched TV during PTs.) Worked fine for me, but I think I may be an odd case. YMMV.


Well, I went -3 on the RC so maybe I should have used a bit more of that time! Looking back though, I don't think I would have picked the correct ones, seeing as I find myself audibly arguing with the exam answer key, as if it will change its mind.




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