100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

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100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby 180asBreath » Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:54 am

Who's beginning their prep journey?

100 days is a good long time; I'd say anyone who is PT'ing at 150+ can get to PT'ing in the 170's by test day.

Hope everyone really applies themselves and makes use of the next 100 days!

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby bubc » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:00 pm

I agree, I think its doable as well. I'm retaking (probably) after the february lsat, although I still have hope that I magically scored a 180. Either way, I've been having trouble determining retake schedules. Any suggestions?

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby 180asBreath » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:18 pm

I'm at a complete loss. I've had somewhat acrimonious feelings about re-takers, in the past, because they had already taken every PT and now had to meta-game; so when they would all brag about their 178 PT average, it just seemed ridiculous.

I think the biggest thing is really mastering the LR question types, drilling until your pattern recognition skills are top-notch. Then, with RC and LG, it's just practice.

For me, I'm going to go through all of the Velocity books - again - and do a lot of untimed work. I may wait several weeks before I start taking PT's.

Yeah, I'm not sure how to proceed but I am definitely in the LSAT state of mind.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby jared6180 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:26 pm

I have been "getting ready to study" the LSAT for a WHILE! I look at some of the questions and just feel like I will never get it. Then last night I went back over all the stuff I have already read in the LGB and realized I am improving, just not as fast as I thought I would. 100 Days to 180.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby danitt » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:28 pm

180asBreath wrote:Who's beginning their prep journey?

100 days is a good long time; I'd say anyone who is PT'ing at 150+ can get to PT'ing in the 170's by test day.

Hope everyone really applies themselves and makes use of the next 100 days!

This morning I needed to hear this. I haven't taken a PT yet but my December LSAT landed me in the 150+. I decided to start from scratch and I've been at it since the second week of January, slowly relearning things and drilling questions, so I don't plan on starting full PTs until the end of March. I hope that I'm doing enough to get myself there.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby 180asBreath » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:35 pm

jared6180 wrote:I have been "getting ready to study" the LSAT for a WHILE! I look at some of the questions and just feel like I will never get it. Then last night I went back over all the stuff I have already read in the LGB and realized I am improving, just not as fast as I thought I would. 100 Days to 180.


This can certainly happen; if you put your all into it, even if you don't - you'll find yourself in the 170's (or 165+ if you choke).

danitt, you may not be - at the moment - but with short accounts and a community like TLS, you will definitely get to the point where you're doing "enough" to get there.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby specialsnowflake » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:39 pm

Hopping in on this as well. Retaking my 161 from October and looking for a T14 caliber score to outweigh my 3.23 :? Let's get it

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby GirlStop » Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:45 pm

Why does it seem like ~20 days until the June LSAT..I swear I feel like I'm running out of time.

Anyways: I'm also a re-taker and I've been drilling LR questions as much as I can. The MLSAT strategy guide helped but I'm still having trouble-- any suggestions??

Either way: I think I'm going to start taking timed PT's mid-march.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby pizzabrosauce » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:35 pm

180asBreath wrote:I'm at a complete loss. I've had somewhat acrimonious feelings about re-takers, in the past, because they had already taken every PT and now had to meta-game; so when they would all brag about their 178 PT average, it just seemed ridiculous.


It is what it is.
I think the best thing I can do now that I've done every PT is try to walk in with a super high retake-PT average and hope that standard of excellence can translate onto the real thing.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby kweehunt » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:40 pm

GirlStop wrote:Why does it seem like ~20 days until the June LSAT..I swear I feel like I'm running out of time.


I took the February LSAT (may retake in June) and I had this feeling from like December 10th on. Throughout all of January I felt like it was just a couple of days away.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby Helicio » Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:01 am

I'll be taking it. Have you guys already registered (Can we already register)?

Good luck guys. I took a PTest today (the free 2007 one) and got a 175, so hopefully I can study and reinforce that until test day. I'll be studying hard over the next week (My Spring Break).

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby Clearly » Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:37 am

This seems like a good time to tell my LSAT story and such.
I'm also in the boat of Feb retakers (most likely).
I took a crash kaplan course in the month leading up to the test, and had 2 weeks of hardcore prep time post-class/pre-test.
I took about 10 tests in the 3 weeks leading up to the test and always scored in the mid 160's, and always between 162-166.

I was frustrated going in to the test, because I never plateaued... I continued getting better literally daily. My scores the 2 weeks into the test were like 163-164-165-165-166-165-166... I was still have breakthroughs 2 days before the test! I feel like I did well on the test, but it's so hard to say. I'll be getting the score Monday (almost certainly). This might sound mad, but even if I scored a 170 even, I'm retaking.

My view is that with one month prep, using only Kaplan materials, I was scoring decent...I never topped out, and I still cant solve 60% of logic games.

The reason I'm confident I can do better is that I literally destroy LR, I usually go -1 a section, occasionally perfect a section, and sometimes hit -2 on toughies. I usually finish my first pass through with 12 minutes left, then go back and re-do questions I marked difficult.

I'm no better then average at reading comp, (usually minus 4 or so) and often lack the type of consistency I have with LR. I have the natural ability and aptitude for RC, I've just not mastered the question types and gotten in the zone of knowing what they were looking for when they wrote the question like I have with LR

I have not yet mastered logic games. I went from 40% up to 70-80% correct per section, my problem is timing. My strategy for Feb was to account for this, do the easy games first, save the hardest for last, and try to at least grasp the rules and make some educated guesses on them. I basically did just this. If I scored amazing, it's going to be because my educated guesses were great.
The point is that in the weeks before the test, I literally just started grasping the patterns of logic games, and being able to apply them to timing, but never had the time to really master them.

With my LR ability, increasing RC skill, and the fact that I was just really starting to get LG, and the belief that it is the easiest section to improve, I feel like between now and June, I could find myself consistently scoring in the mid 170s. My mindset is that I was already scoring well 1 month from the first time I saw an lsat, with 100 days, I can reach the mid 170s. A lot of people have scored that high, and not one of them has something we don't have. With time, and dedication, we can all master this test; Lets buckle down, and prove it!

Please accept my sincerest apologies for the total lack of grammar displayed above, it's 4:38am, and I'm fucking exhausted.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby SingleLadies » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:50 pm

You guys are awesome. A very encouraging group.

I am planning on taking in June and would like to get some feedback on my head space/ study plan.

Have worked through the Bibles and have a rough grasp of techniques and concepts. I would say that I am getting by on more intuitive understandings of the nature of the questions. This worries me though and I would prefer to have a more solid methodological approach to questions. Logic games terrify me!

On untimed practice sections I am averaging:

-10 lg, -2 lr, -1 rc

We have 14 weeks starting Monday March 5th. My study plan roughly looks like this.

Week 1-2

Review the bible and lsat blog sections on the questions types that give me the most trouble and complete a series of related questions by type.

LG in/out or grouping. Still a bit confused about how these are termed.
LG Advanced Linear.

LR Necessary & Sufficient Assumption
LR Logical Resoning

Week 2-4

From practice tests 30-39

WEEKNIGHTS: complete two timed sections of one game type on 4 weeknights (2LG,1LR,1RC).
SATURDAY: complete 1 practice test timed, but sections are not done consecutively.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Party!
SUNDAY: day off/workout/ cook and clean.

week 4-14
**week 10** attend wedding in Mexico

Work through PT's 46-64 by completing two PTs a week.

WEEKNIGHTS: Complete 1 PT over the course of the week by doing a timed section each night.
SATURDAY: Go to the library and complete full 5 section PT at 12:30pm (the actual test time)
SUNDAY: day off/workout/ cook and clean.

I think this is realistic schedule given that I have a demanding full time job. Although I am worried by the fact that I will be completing only one full PT a week leading up to the test, while the other will broken up over the weeknights.

Any feedback would greatly be appreciated.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby Sloth Hero » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:55 pm

Memememe

I even made a post logging my prep

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=179528

love yas

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby SingleLadies » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:09 pm

Oh man look at the scores and time you are getting already! I'd be happy to be there at the end of my preparations.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby jigglebottom » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:30 am

180asBreath wrote:For me, I'm going to go through all of the Velocity books - again - and do a lot of untimed work. I may wait several weeks before I start taking PT's.

Yeah, I'm not sure how to proceed but I am definitely in the LSAT state of mind.


hows the velocity stuff treating you?

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby tronimrich » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:51 am

Joining in! More accountability never hurts. PTing around 160.

I'm also self-studying. Currently my biggest flaws are Assumption questions, Flaw in reasoning, and advanced linear games.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby SA1928 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:57 am

I've been trying to pump myself to start studying and when I saw this thread pop up, I realized time is ticking! I prepped for the October test last year, and then withdrew, and took it in December only to end up canceling after feeling it wasn't going to be my very best score. After considering quitting on the LSAT for good, I think I am ready to give it another shot... so I guess time to get back at it for June! :)

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby TunnelVision » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:54 am

I'll be following this thread. Really paranoid about the June LSAT already haha, but I've been doing prep since September. Although I hadn't really done anything serious until January. Anyway, I am PTing in the mid 160's or at least I was a few weeks ago; hopefully I've improved since then! My biggest problem by far is with RC or some really unusual old LG. Otherwise I am solid with LG, and pretty good with LR. I really struggle with timing on RC, but I've found recently through drilling that I could usually get through 1-2 of the passages in 7-8 minutes which leaves more time for the others, so I'm excited to take another timed test to see how I do. Good luck to everyone!

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby kakaa001 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:15 pm

I'm loving this thread. Everyone is so positive.

I'm retaking in June. I scored a 161 on the December LSAT, but had the flu, and frankly, did not exhaust all my resources in studying. I'm hoping to bump up that LSAT score by quite a few points for better school/scholarship potential. I just don't want to feel like I settled.

Did anyone here already apply to schools? One school I was accepted at told me to send them my June score once I receive it, and we'll negotiate scholarships again.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby TheThriller » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:50 pm

Hopefully, for all of us, we wont be posting in the "100 Days until October 2012 LSAT" thread.

Im trying to reach a goal of 165+. My PT after 2 weeks of study is 155 so I think this is doable. I was also taught to tell other people your goals because it's added motivation do what it takes to achieve them.

Great thread, you will probably be seeing a lot of me here

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby pizzabrosauce » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:35 pm

MillerTheThriller wrote:I was also taught to tell other people your goals because it's added motivation do what it takes to achieve them.


Actually...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHopJHSlVo4

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby 180asBreath » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:41 pm

Thanks for the video. However, I don't think the results from a simple 45 minute task, that has no personal meaning, are generalizable to a goal like a high score on the LSAT.

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby pizzabrosauce » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:51 pm

Ya, i just wanted to share food for thought.

I think your goal is awesome, I really enjoy your thread, and hope to post more on here so we can push each other come June :)

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Re: 100 Days until June 2012 LSAT...

Postby TheThriller » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:52 pm

I know it's against board policy to discuss specific questions but it may be beneficial for us to set up an email group that we can bounce questions off each other during our practices. It is a given that we will all encounter the same questions and that there will be inevitable questions that we will find difficult.

Just a thought.




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