Checking your answers- yes or no?

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Checking your answers- yes or no?

Postby imjustjoking22 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:31 pm

Aside from LG, I have been reliably finishing each section with upwards of 5 min to spare (sometimes 10-15 minutes). I feel stupid not taking this time to check my answers, but I've been finding that I generally change answers from right to wrong more often than the other way. When I take PTs on my own I just immediately move on, and rarely get more than a couple wrong per section. Should I just take this time on the LSAT to rest for a minute, or should I try to practice checking my answers so that I can improve the changes I make?
(Also, I know this is an obnoxious Q, sorry about that. Just freaks me out when I change 2 right answers ->wrong in a section that ends up being -3 overall...)

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Re: Checking your answers- yes or no?

Postby Moomoo2u » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:55 pm

they say you should go with your gut.

My system was to answer all the questions I could and if I got stuck or found myself wasting time on a question I would star it, finish the section and go back to it. I would do the same thing with an answer I was unsure of. Then I'd look at the answer I chose and think about why I had chosen it, and why it was correct. I gave a little extra weight to my original answer if only because, like you, I found myself changing them from wrong->right. Then I'd just take a very quick look at the rest of the answers and double check that I had both answered correctly/bubbled them correctly. (I usually had about 3-5minutes after answering all the questions)

I think not checking your answers can lead to stupid mistakes (at least in my case) or incorrect bubbling, so I'd warn against not checking at all. Try doing the above and see how it works for you.

EDIT: just read you were finishing with 10-15min extra per section, definitely check your answers then.

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Re: Checking your answers- yes or no?

Postby suspicious android » Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:41 am

Why not slow down a bit? If you're finishing 7-10 minutes early and not consistently getting -0, you're not using your time very efficiently.

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Re: Checking your answers- yes or no?

Postby imjustjoking22 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:36 am

Moomoo- I think you're right about double-checking for dumb mistakes, I've cut out the vast majority of those but it still happens on occasion. I will try checking and weighting my previous answers more and see if that improves things.

SuspA- I'm not -0, but rarely more than -1 or -2... I never rush myself, and I go through Qs slowly when they confuse me. In RC I take tons of notes and in LR I eliminate all answers one-by-one, so I don't know what I should try to spend more time on. I'm open to suggestions, I hate finishing with so much time and losing my rhythm. I do star difficult questions and come back to them, I would just be pretty bummed if I changed a right answer to wrong on test day.

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Re: Checking your answers- yes or no?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:55 am

15 in 15 minutes is a great pace. If you are ahead of it, just stop for a minute and take a deep breath.

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Re: Checking your answers- yes or no?

Postby imjustjoking22 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:47 am

TS- yea, I am usually at 15 in 10- I have tried deliberately slowing myself down, but I generally score on the lower side of my range when moving slower and on the higher side moving fast/not checking answers.

I know it sounds weird, but I really never ever rush myself, I just find that when I go slowly I start re-reading a lot and get off-track/tripped up more often than when I am just powering through it. I just don't know whether that's just my "style" or if it's something I should work to change.

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Re: Checking your answers- yes or no?

Postby Bildungsroman » Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:50 am

I do recommend you use that time to double-check that you've bubbled your scantron correctly.

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Re: Checking your answers- yes or no?

Postby imjustjoking22 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:03 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:I do recommend you use that time to double-check that you've bubbled your scantron correctly.


Definitely. I'm pretty neurotic about scantron bubbling (in terms of checking my answers). I also bubble in full pages rather than Q-by-Q, which I think saves time and improves bubbling accuracy.




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