130's-150s+ ?

ISABELLA175
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130's-150s+ ?

Postby ISABELLA175 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:19 am

Hi Guys,[b]
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[b]I was wondering if anyone out there has risen there score out of the 130s into the 150s? I took the Kaplan class over a year ago and it raised my score form a 133-139. But honestly I was working full time and in college taking 18hrs.... I am going to retake the Lsat in December however I don’t want to go with Kaplan again...after reading all the reviews about them. I really am looking for a 10 point jump, to land my dreams of getting into California Western. My Undergrad gpa was an 3.12.

So i have done tons of research and wanted to know your thoughts. Self study using the LSAT: Bloggers day by day study guide? Or take Powerscore’s online virtual class?

Money is not really an issue (However I did blow like $1200 on Kaplan) , i just want the best advice. Preferably from someone who has raised their score 10 or more points.


A lil back history I was originally apart of the 2010-2011 cycle got rejected to all 8 of the schools I applied to (go figure).The only school that gave me a shot was Cooley. Cooley invited me to their PEP Program. I just got back Sunday so I have about 4 week till I find out if I got in or not. Either way I want to retake the LSAT. I want some scholarship money!! Someone pleasseeeeeeee Help!
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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby joetheplumber » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:37 am

def possibly. My first diagonostic was a 136. My average PT is 165 now. Not sure how i did on the oct one tho....

But you need to try harder, thats for sure. GL

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby gaud » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:44 am

If money is not an issue then PS may be a good idea, but I would recommend you at least check out Manhattan, Velocity, Blueprint, and Testmasters. So as you can really see, you have plenty of options.

Also, have you considered using 'Pithypike's' guide on the LSAT thread main page because that could work.

For me personally (I had a 16 pt jump) I would recommend PS bibles or Manhattan and self study (It will save you a lot of money).... and if you take this route and you live near a law school or a large college it may be easy to find a private tutor for simple nuances that may keep troubling you; just make sure you are careful about who you choose ofcourse. This worked for me

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby Seneca » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:02 am

Don't take the LSAT in December. Judging by your past performance - taking a full course and jumping six points - you will not hit your goal to raise your score by 10 points before December.

To be honest, general wisdom on this site advises against going to either of the schools you mentioned. The whole legal industry is hurting right now, and it is highly unlikely that graduates from schools in that range will find gainful employment. Really research schools, actual employment rates, and high levels of debt many students take on (and are unable to pay off or discharge), and reconsider if this is the path you want to take. If it is, set your sights significantly higher than a 3.12/150. It's a lot of work (there are no short cuts here, and even taking a course will require a lot of out-of-class effort to see results), but it is possible to see huge jumps in LSAT scores. Good luck.

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby notaznguy » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:31 am

My cold diagnostic was a 138. I then bought PowerScore's LR Bible and LG Games Bible. I self studied a bit and then took a prep course with TestMasters. After 3 months, I was PTing at 158-159. I'm still studying because there is a ton of room for me to still improve on. I'm aiming for at least a 170.

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby ISABELLA175 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:40 am

notaznguy wrote:My cold diagnostic was a 138. I then bought PowerScore's LR Bible and LG Games Bible. I self studied a bit and then took a prep course with TestMasters. After 3 months, I was PTing at 158-159. I'm still studying because there is a ton of room for me to still improve on. I'm aiming for at least a 170.

this is what i like to hear! thanks for your feedback!!

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby ISABELLA175 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:41 am

joetheplumber wrote:def possibly. My first diagonostic was a 136. My average PT is 165 now. Not sure how i did on the oct one tho....

But you need to try harder, thats for sure. GL

thanks!! what did you do to prep and how long ?

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby ISABELLA175 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:49 am

Seneca wrote:Don't take the LSAT in December. Judging by your past performance - taking a full course and jumping six points - you will not hit your goal to raise your score by 10 points before December.

To be honest, general wisdom on this site advises against going to either of the schools you mentioned. The whole legal industry is hurting right now, and it is highly unlikely that graduates from schools in that range will find gainful employment. Really research schools, actual employment rates, and high levels of debt many students take on (and are unable to pay off or discharge), and reconsider if this is the path you want to take. If it is, set your sights significantly higher than a 3.12/150. It's a lot of work (there are no short cuts here, and even taking a course will require a lot of out-of-class effort to see results), but it is possible to see huge jumps in LSAT scores. Good luck.


My dad is funding my education, so it’s free. I want to go to law school, but i'm not sure i will practice ( there are so many other things you can do with an J.D) ....But i have heard this before....My take on it is Hard work pays off... and yes I’m completely aware that I will actually need to study outside of class this time around. I'm going to try and take this test in Dec even if i only go up another 6pts... hey that will open more doors then last time....

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby shmoo597 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:13 am

ISABELLA175 wrote:( there are so many other things you can do with an J.D)


Outed as flame.

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby northwood » Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:57 am

you can do it. It will take a bit longer and a lot of work, but you can get into the 150s. give yourself plenty of time, and make sure to utilize all of the resources ( powerscore bibles, as many practice tests as possible, even perhaps a course).

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby ISABELLA175 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:39 am

Whats a flame?????

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby mtbssd » Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:25 pm

Ya... don't go to law school.

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby suspicious android » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:49 pm

shmoo597 wrote:
ISABELLA175 wrote:( there are so many other things you can do with an J.D)


Outed as flame.


Nah, outside of TLS, this is still a really common idea. I hear it all the time.

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby JamMasterJ » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:51 pm

suspicious android wrote:
shmoo597 wrote:
ISABELLA175 wrote:( there are so many other things you can do with an J.D)


Outed as flame.


Nah, outside of TLS, this is still a really common idea. I hear it all the time.

yeah, not a flameworthy post in and of itself.

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby Bella175 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:29 pm

Hmmm ... Y would someone bann me??

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby CodyRuegger » Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:19 am

I did not even bother taking a diagnostic when I began studying because I figured it would have just been demoralizing in comparison to the final product. If I had taken one anyways, I probably would have scored a 140-145. I didn't know the underlying logic to the problems, and wasn't accustomed enough to them to do them quickly.

There is plenty of info on how to study for the LSAT on this forum - look through the 'advice to get 160+' thread, that helped me quite a bit. I'm still waiting on my score, but my median score on the last 20 or so PT's I took was a 176 I think. Learn how to properly solve all of the problems, then take boatloads of practice tests as you work down your testing time. Profit.

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby Errzii » Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:25 am

ISABELLA175 wrote:My dad is funding my education, so it’s free.


:lol:

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Re: 130's-150s+ ?

Postby thedive » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:28 am

(1) sit down (2) work you ass off (3) never bring Cooley up in a discussion.




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