-14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

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-14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby crv8623 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:46 am

Anyone have any idea on how it is possible to go -14 (168-172) on PT averages to a 155 on the Oct LSAT. Needless to say I am retaking it. I am just hopeful that someone out there might offer a little insight into how such a drastic drop occurred and what I can do to prevent it from happening in the future.

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby ThreeRivers » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:15 pm

I often wonder if those who bomb the LSAT are really practicing in test-like conditions.

I got my score up to what I wanted by doing pretty simulated PT's (4 sections while laying on my bed in my room with Iphone timer, checking score in between sections, and taking 5-10 minute breaks in between each section). I then got my watch and took 5 sections in a semi-crowded library with only a break after the third section and BOMBED it. I spent the remaining week and half taking in test conditions and changing the variables (loud, semi-loud, just an ac running, very quiet, etc...; small desk, large desk). I ended up getting +4 from my PT's

I wonder if some people experience the "bomb" I had on the actual test... this may not be you but I'm guessing it happens a decent amount

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby GirlStop » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:05 pm

For me it was 100% nerves/jitters. It kind of hits you when you get there. But I am hoping that now that I have had one go-around I won't be so nervous the second time

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby ThreeRivers » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:11 pm

I was lucky in that I think I kind of had a reverse, positive effect on real test.

Durign PT's I'd CONSTANTLY just feel like qutting in the middle of it / lose interest / just got bored with taking it (I always powered through but this was a constant thought)... during the real thing I obviosuly didn't think about watching some tv rather than finishing lol

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby paratactical » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:17 pm

ThreeRivers - I bombed when I took and I definitely did plenty of realistic, noisy public places practicing things. My life in the weeks leading up to the test is what destroyed me.

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby 89vision » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:35 pm

I feel you. -9 for me. I took timed tests anywhere from my house, library to work. Always timed my PTs. It sucks.

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby ThreeRivers » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:39 pm

I feel for you guys (or gals) (although knowing TLS your "bombs" may be quite high), but I'm quite confident that the majority of you will crush at a re-take

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby OSUDEVIL » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:59 pm

I was PTing in the 159-163 range and bombed with a 153 on test day. December here I come, good luck!!!

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby toddly76 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:07 pm

Yeah, I bombed it to. 160 from a 169 average. I can point to a lot of things that screwed me up. I was sick during the administration for one thing, had to go out of town, stay in a cheap motel, etc. Looking forward to my next retake. Biggest thing for me is not dropping off during the final section and maintaining concentration, focus, and method. Slowly getting better at that.

Best of luck. I look at the first one as just practice anyway. ;)

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby crv8623 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:49 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone!

It seems that for the majority of us with large drops from our PT to our real one mainly suffered from nerves, anxiety, etc.

I have already put this one behind me and am looking forward to crushing the one on Dec the third. I am confident that all of you will as well. All it takes is a little perserverance and alot of determination.

Good Luck to all of you my fellow unexpected sufferers!!

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby Underoath » Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:14 pm

ThreeRivers I thought I only experienced the boredom with taking practice tests. I just did a timed LR section and got to the last 3 questions and just guessed with PLENTY of time to spare. I need to remove myself from my bedroom which is the source of a lot of problems. I'm taking the December LSAT.

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby jeffyl00b » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:28 pm

The best practice score I've gotten was outside, in August, in the middle of Florida, did 3 full sections in a row, soaked in sweat...and I still sucked the main event. :shock: You'd think I would do better in a comfy classroom...

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby crv8623 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:19 am

Is it better to look at the stimulus first as opposed to the question or the question before the stimulus, on logical reasoning. I did the stimulus first before, but, I have been wondering and I think their might be some advantages to looking at the question first. Such as allowing your brain to focus in on what it needs to find in the stimulus.

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Re: -14 from PT average to Oct LSAT

Postby srrrrh » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:00 am

^ LR bible says to read the stimulus first




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