Calming your nerves on the real test?

TRex77
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Calming your nerves on the real test?

Postby TRex77 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:52 pm

This is my 2nd time taking the LSAT.

Took it in december, was averaging a 164. Nervous as hell during the test. Really threw me off. Scored a 158.

This time around I am scoring 164-168. Scared I am going to be all nerves again on the test day and not perform up to my potential.

What do you guys do?

Thanks

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theavrock
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Re: Calming your nerves on the real test?

Postby theavrock » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:56 pm

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glasses and cigar required.

In all seriousness you need to practice under test like conditions. Doing this gave me an 11 point increase and I was not nervous at all.

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Helicio
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Re: Calming your nerves on the real test?

Postby Helicio » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:53 pm

Do a ton of jumping jacks before a PT to simulate nervousness then take PT. Do this for 3 PTs next week and it'll help.

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Re: Calming your nerves on the real test?

Postby NYC2012 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:29 am

theavrock wrote:Image

glasses and cigar required.

In all seriousness you need to practice under test like conditions. Doing this gave me an 11 point increase and I was not nervous at all.


To what extent - did you go to the actual testing room to PT? Or just the basics like 5 sections, strict timing, using a bubble sheet, etc

ETA: I like the jumping jacks suggestion! That actually does make sense.

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Re: Calming your nerves on the real test?

Postby CalAlumni » Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:14 pm

I agree with the above poster. Try going to the testing room or at least general location and taking a PT a few times under timed conditions. This may balm your nerves.

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Re: Calming your nerves on the real test?

Postby theavrock » Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:20 pm

Never went to the actual testing room but I went to different random coffee shops and libraries in town. Basically anywhere that was quiet ish but unfamiliar. I used the watch I used on the real test for time and the pencils as well. I had a bubble sheet and 5 sections. Did the tests strictly timed with the breaks and everything.

I was really calm during the test and scored exactly my average.




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