iamrobk wrote:I took the October test (got a 171 which I am extremely proud of, so I'm not taking the LSAT again fortunately), just popping in here to say good luck to every one taking it in December. It may be tough, but you can do better on the real thing than you do on PT's. My highest PT's were 170 (the last 5 or 6 tests I took before the LSAT were consistently 169-170), and I did a point better than that on the October one. So don't give up hope!
Do you think you could give us some advice that you thought helped you on test day? Nerves, timing, routine, etc?
Good luck with your cycle.
Hm. Well for nerves, I gotta say I was pretty lucky in that I didn't really have any, for whatever reason. I was really calm leading up to the test, and only got nervous when I actually started the first section. I just kinda told myself "CHILL OUT!" and, well, I did. Honestly, by the break I didn't even want to stop, I wanted to keep going and finish the damn thing since I was really in the zone (has anyone even used that expression in 5 years?
). For timing, I was helped a bit since I had taken a Kaplan class over the summer, so I was used to sitting down and doing a full 6 section test with only my watch and a 15 minute break. All the other PT's I took I just timed with a countdown timer on my computer (until the day before, when I put that on in the background and did a full LSAT timing with my watch), aiming to do 15 questions in 15 minutes, 20 in 20, and ideally 25 in 25 (realistically, 28-30 minutes) for LR and RC, and trying to finish all the games in about 32 or 33 minutes so I could quickly look over them.
Something I think helped me break the 170 barrier (albeit barely), was that a few days before the test, I decided to change from finishing 25 questions in 25 minutes to doing 25 in 30 minutes. That is, on the few that inevitably stumped me on LR and RC, I told myself to just take an extra minute and try to get it right. I think that working on my speed for so long then slowing down a bit and letting myself take extra time on the questions that needed it helped me. I ended up with -0 on LG, -5 on LR1, -3 on LR2, and -4 on RC, FWIW.