hereyago wrote:Wily wrote:hereyago wrote:Wily wrote:The LSAT is a different beast from aptitude tests. I was also in "gifted" classes as a kid, scored a 1600 on the SAT in 10th grade, went to HYP, and got a 176 my first taking of the LSAT back in '06 without prepping. But, that was all when I was younger. Now, 6 years after my first taking, I only got a 165 and 168 on my takings in the fall, and am hoping just to break 170 now in the June exam. The LSAT is NOT a straight test of general intelligence. It tests for the specific skills of dissecting arguments, critical reading, and logical manipulation, and also a quite a bit of stamina and concentration abilities.
It's also quite study-able, to the extent that people who start off with 140's can hit 160's to 170's with enough time. Inversely, those who didn't study enough (like me) can find their scores dropping from from 170's to 160's over time, especially if their stamina and focus decline like mine did because of my "advanced" age. Point is, study your ass off like the good people in his forum can show you how to, and you'll markedly improve. Don't, and it's a huge crapshoot, and most likely you'll lose.
What happened to you during the 6 years? What did you do?
Aged. I think the LSAT is for younguns
Well what kind of stuff did you do during the 6 years off though?
A bit of this, a bit of that. Founded a startup, worked for a social network, and of course huffed lots of gasoline. One thing I didn't do was study much for the LSAT. Just assumed I'd do well in October and December. A big Borat *NOT* to that.
But I'm also serious about declining LSAT-abilities over age. When I took it for the first time at 21, I spent $15 on a Kaplan book, got ~175 on my first few PT's, and that was all the studying I evidently needed at the time. Retaking at 27, I PT'ed at only about 170, and somehow my nerves were MUCH worse: I froze a lot more, wasn't able to focus, and slowed down unnecessarily a lot, at least in my first two times retaking. I felt a lot better this June, though, mainly because I'm already accepted at some schools and it doesn't officially "count" unless I want to sit out and reapply. Anyway, I'm not a good example of how to do the LSAT, since people should be studying a lot more than I did before taking even for their first time.