bernaldiaz wrote: ThreeRivers wrote:
What is your goal / where are you now?
Here is my 5 week journey for this October LSATviewtopic.php?f=6&t=165010
I was happy with the results and I only studied for 5 weeks, but I 100% made LSAT my life (Constantly telling friends I can't go out / grades probably suffered slightly, etc..)
Thank you, very relevant post. To match the potential of my GPA (3.98), I'd need to get into the low 170's to feel like I would have a chance to get into the schools that my GPA afforded me. I would also be able to make LSAT 100% my focus, because it looks like I won't be in school for the rest of this semester, which is sort of why I think this is the opportune time. I won't even have maintaining grades as a concern, but can make the LSAT truly a full time job. I haven't taken a full cold diag, but am generally a very strong standardized test taker (which I know is less than entirely relevant), but on other entrance exams I am almost never outside of the 98th/99th percentile, so I think that indicates I at least have the potential to get there on the LSAT. I guess I could just prep up until the last day to withdraw (how close to test day is that??) and see where I am at that point?
I'm not sure when you can withdrawal / reschedule, I believe you can find that on LSAC website... if not just call LSAC (believe it or not I called over a couple issue / questions and they are actually REALLY helpful and have no wait time at all). Kind of shocked me with how helpful their customer support is.
It is really hard to state if you can get into the 170's in such a time period unless you take a PT. I really recommend getting some background knowledge of the LSAT before doing so. I took my original diagnostic completely cold (didn't even know what a Logic Game was) and it just frustrated me / I don't really feel it represents anything. After going through the Bibles I took another diagnostic (159), so I guess I jumped 8 points from that in a short time period. A lot went right on the test, but I actually erased my final question last SECOND and changed it to something else just because I physched myself out (my original answer was correct). If I didn't get that last minute scribble in I'd actually have gotten a 168 (+9 from where I started).
Go through the Bibles hardcore (at least LG / LR to start), but RC Bible actually helped me a TON (even though it is by far the least recommended by others)
Take a diagnostic PT
If you get a 159 / 160ish I'd say it is reasonable to attempt to get a 170 (won't be easy obviously)
I also never really got the LG's down like most on TLS.... The general consensus here is if you drill enough you can end up making that a -0 , -1 section. If I would have been able to do that I would have got a 170+, so maybe you can be more successful in that category than I was
Thanks, I was pretty excited
Edit: Make sure you practice under strict conditions, as I mentioned I bombed my first time I did this... many people experience this first time bomb on the actual test