Can you overperform on the LSAT?

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Re: Can you overperform on the LSAT?

Postby beezy08 » Tue May 01, 2012 4:52 pm

My highest PT was a 163, and I was averaging around 161 the week before the test. I ended up with a 167 on test day. I would suggest that no one ever counts on this happening to them, but it does give some people the slightest glimmer of hope. Also, it wasn't at all because I answered questions "instinctively". I took the test the same way I learned to take the test and the same way I took the PTs. Unless your instincts are consistently getting you high PT scores, don't try that. Not a good idea to get creative on test day...

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Re: Can you overperform on the LSAT?

Postby dresden doll » Tue May 01, 2012 5:05 pm

My boyfriend got a 179. He swears he never performed that well on a PT.

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Re: Can you overperform on the LSAT?

Postby moonman157 » Tue May 01, 2012 5:16 pm

My practice test general range was 166-170. Once got a 174. Thought I did really poorly in terms of my PT on the actual test, 163-164, and ended up with a 174. I'm still in shock.

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Re: Can you overperform on the LSAT?

Postby boredatwork » Tue May 01, 2012 5:18 pm

My powerscore teacher told us that 5ish point bumps are pretty common on test day. I scored a 161, I had never Pt'd above a 157.

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Re: Can you overperform on the LSAT?

Postby PBateman1 » Fri May 04, 2012 4:20 pm

I equalled my best PT score on my actual LSAT. I credit it to the fact that it is really hard to give 100% on a practice test, whereas on game day, you are focused and motivated to an extent that never happens when it doesn't count.


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Re: Can you overperform on the LSAT?

Postby kaiser » Fri May 04, 2012 4:32 pm

I know someone who was averaging about 165 on the LSAT, never broke 170, and on test day got a 173. He ended up at CCN, was completely in over his head, and finished very low in his class. So overperforming on test day ironically ended up being the worst thing that ever happened to him because it allowed him to get into a school where he didn't really belong. Now, you can argue that he would have done just as poorly had he gone to a lower-ranked school, but going up against the harder competition certainly didn't help matters much.

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