Stuck at 163! Help!

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Stuck at 163! Help!

Postby AParee06 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:45 pm

I'm stuck at 163. I did get a 164 on the last test that I took but scoring 1 pt higher doesn't really mean that much to me. It's so insignificant.

Here's my studying background. I started reading the PowerScore LG and LR bibles in Jan-Feb and did the Manhattan RC book. I started taking practice tests in March. I take one every Saturday and then I go through the test. I spend the week after that working on the types of questions in LR that I got wrong on the previous week, since I have noticed that I have problems with the same type. Every day I also do one LG set and one RC set. I have been getting -2 in LG because of stupid mistakes so the practice is just to avoid making them and RC is a section I just need to practice on because I absolutely hate it. There isn't anything specific in RC that I have an issue with. I work full time as a paralegal with unpredictable hours so my schedule is usually test on Saturday and then 1-3 hours a night throughout the week (it depends when I get home from work - or if I'm too tired to focus too late into the night).

I am stuck at 163! I got a 163 on the first practice test that I took and then a 161 was my lowest. I can't seem to get past the 163 (except for my last test, but after all of the practicing I did last week on specific question types, I expected to at least be at 165). Are there any other suggestions that anyone may have about how to push my score up? My goal is to be PTing at high 160s by June. I'm taking the June test. Also, any RC advice is helpful. Thanks!

Any advice is appreciated!

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Re: Stuck at 163! Help!

Postby princeR » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:50 pm

Well, you said it's a particular type of question(s) that is giving you problems, what type is it, maybe we can offer some guidance. As for RC, if you go in with that attitude that you hate it than you will perform poorly, learn to love it and I am confident that your score will increase.

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Re: Stuck at 163! Help!

Postby puppylaw » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:55 pm

Try taking sections with 45 minutes instead of 35 to get your score up. Work on really understanding the questions and developing a good feel for why the right answer is the right answer. Then start moving back towards 35 minutes (or less if you start getting really good) while maintaining the gains you made at 45 minutes per section.

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Re: Stuck at 163! Help!

Postby princeR » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:44 pm

puppylaw wrote:Try taking sections with 45 minutes instead of 35 to get your score up. Work on really understanding the questions and developing a good feel for why the right answer is the right answer. Then start moving back towards 35 minutes (or less if you start getting really good) while maintaining the gains you made at 45 minutes per section.

I'd suggest doing a stopwatch timer instead of a countdown. Just focus on getting every question right without any concern for the time and see how long it took at the end, this will help develop some good timing habits.

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Re: Stuck at 163! Help!

Postby twenty » Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:03 pm

My answer's going to be the opposite of prince and puppy, but not because I think they're wrong by default, it's just that I've done that, and it didn't work for me.

Two big reasons why, and a small reason why.

First, I felt like a kid in a special ed class, and by the end of the section, I felt terrible, I hated the LSAT, I hated law school, and I hated God. Also I hated Steve Carrell. That's how bad I felt.

Secondly, I didn't think it actually improved me. Sure, maybe I can get an answer right if I had unlimited time to go through the passage, but will I get the same an question correct when I have to quickly skim over the passage? Going timed on everything meant I could analyze how I was doing in actual testing (ish) conditions.

Though there's obvious easy solutions to this problem, I actually looked at the clock MORE than if I hadn't had unlimited time -- probably having something to do with the first issue.

LR that I got wrong on the previous week, since I have noticed that I have problems with the same type


This is what tells me you should, instead, get the Manhattan questions by type PDFs for the type of question you got wrong.

Again, none of this is to say that other posters are wrong, just that it didn't work for me, and it may not work for you, either.

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Re: Stuck at 163! Help!

Postby NYC2012 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:16 am

I was stuck in the low 160s as well, and the only thing that finally got my score up was more and more practice. I just kept taking PTs and drilled individual sections on the review days. Eventually you'll become so used to the types of questions the LSAT asks it will be like second nature.

Good luck!




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