Repeating Practice Tests

jkupps2415
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Repeating Practice Tests

Postby jkupps2415 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:55 pm

I am currently studying for the LSAT October test. The pace I am on will have me finish all the recent PTs (29-63, plus SuperPreps) well before the actual test date.

Would you all recommend I continue on this pace, and then start repeating these same practice tests once I finish? Or is it better to slow down my pace and space out these practice tests so that I complete them all closer to actual test time, as opposed to finishing early and simply repeating?

Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!

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Re: Repeating Practice Tests

Postby scribelaw » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:03 pm

Others on here will have different opinions, but I found that only the games section was somewhat useful in reruns (e.g., learning how to do them fast). Not so, for me at least, with RC and LR. I would always remember the questions/answers enough to spoil it.

I'd slow down a bit, maybe spread them out more, and spend more time going over your answers and analyzing the questions (particularly questions you missed or, just as importantly, got right but were unsure on). Figure out if there are patterns to your misses and near misses.

Good luck!

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Re: Repeating Practice Tests

Postby EarlCat » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:17 pm

Quality over quantity. Burning up PTs does nothing if you're not learning something from it. Can you identify every single game, question, flaw, and passage type? Can you articulate in words why every single answer choice is either right or wrong?

Without knowing your study schedule or rate of improvement, I'd bet you're better off doing half as many tests with double the review/redo time.

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Re: Repeating Practice Tests

Postby EarlCat » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:27 pm

scribelaw wrote:Not so, for me at least, with RC and LR. I would always remember the questions/answers enough to spoil it.


When you go through them the second time, you're not looking to see if you can pick the right answer. That would be silly. You're 1) making sure you can walk systematically through the thinking that gets to the right answer and 2) making a mental note of the pattern underlying the question and (hopefully) recognizing that it has appeared in several other questions you've done.

"This question is asking _________ so the answer choice has to ________. The conclusion says _______. The premise says _______. The flaw is that it ___________. The answer is ______ not because I remember it from the answer key but because it __________. This is just like that other question about _________, and I know I'll recognize this pattern again when I see it on the real test."

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Re: Repeating Practice Tests

Postby schooner » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:04 pm

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Re: Repeating Practice Tests

Postby jkupps2415 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:07 pm

schooner wrote:
EarlCat wrote:Quality over quantity. Burning up PTs does nothing if you're not learning something from it. Can you identify every single game, question, flaw, and passage type? Can you articulate in words why every single answer choice is either right or wrong?

Without knowing your study schedule or rate of improvement, I'd bet you're better off doing half as many tests with double the review/redo time.


I agree with this - your time might be better spent dissecting every question you got wrong and every question you got right despite being uncertain.

But if you want to redo questions, you could make copies of games to practice. They'll look familiar to you, but you probably won't remember enough details to know exactly how you figured it out the last time. After doing enough games, they ALL seem familiar, whether you've actually seen it or not.


So essentially, you are saying that only repeating LG is worth my time? And that repeating RC and LR probably will add no benefit?

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Re: Repeating Practice Tests

Postby schooner » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:11 pm

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Re: Repeating Practice Tests

Postby jkupps2415 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:53 pm

Thanks for the feedback.

What about in regards to older LSATs, 1-28? Do you feel those are as useful to study as the more recent ones? Semi-useful? Complete waste of time?

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Re: Repeating Practice Tests

Postby EarlCat » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:47 pm

jkupps2415 wrote:So essentially, you are saying that only repeating LG is worth my time? And that repeating RC and LR probably will add no benefit?

I think you should repeat all of it.




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