158 --> 170 in 3 months?

latinomike
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158 --> 170 in 3 months?

Postby latinomike » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:59 am

Hello,
Is it possible to get from a 158 to a 170 in 3 months? I have taken 4 practice tests so far and scored 158 in each of them. How should I prep for the test to reach my goal?

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Re: 158 --> 170 in 3 months?

Postby Syme » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:11 am

159 -> 176 in 3 months here.

first of all, stop blowing PTs until you have put in time learning the fundamentals. there are only so many PTs out there, and you should save them until the latter half of your study period IMO.

if you can afford it, take a class. I would recommend PowerScore. If you can't afford a class, work your way through a good set of books. I would again recommend the PowerScore LR and LG bibles.

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Re: 158 --> 170 in 3 months?

Postby dkb17xzx » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:17 am

latinomike wrote:Hello,
Is it possible to get from a 158 to a 170 in 3 months? I have taken 4 practice tests so far and scored 158 in each of them. How should I prep for the test to reach my goal?



If you can, plug in the test results in the Manhattan LSAT tracker. Go through it by section and see what your weaknesses are. I'm guessing that at a 158 you are missing some fundamentals.

Go through the Logic Games Bible, Logical Reasoning Bible, and Manhattan LSAT LR Strategy Guide. I highly recommend Pithypike's method for LG and the Cambridge LSAT LR by Type packets for LR. For Reading Comp., go through as many passages as you can.

go through these and incorporate them as part of your prep strategy: http://www.velocitylsat.com/faq/how-do- ... -reasoning

http://www.velocitylsat.com/sites/defau ... y_plan.pdf (A way to go through each section)

One you feel comfortable with all the section (desired level of accuracy, speed, etc.), hit the PT's. Do them with more than one extra section as stamina practice. Review each one of them thoroughly.

It is doable....it requires a lot of work though

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Re: 158 --> 170 in 3 months?

Postby Nova » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:22 am


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Re: 158 --> 170 in 3 months?

Postby totaltest.milan » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:33 am

It's certainly possible.

Syme wrote:first of all, stop blowing PTs until you have put in time learning the fundamentals.

This is good advice. As one of my HS coaches said: "Practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect." You won't improve nearly as much by taking PTs as by studying intelligently. Improvement essentially consists of two things: learning the appropriate concepts (this includes having a program and teacher that can lay it out logically and explain it clearly) and putting in the practice (this includes having a study regimen where you work through the concepts effectively and having enough time where you're sharp enough to do all the work). Use this forum to explore your options in terms of programs, study strategies, etc.

Feel free to ask me any more specific questions.

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Re: 158 --> 170 in 3 months?

Postby latinomike » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:05 pm

I really want to attend either UCLA or USC. I have 3 months to study but I am freaking out already!

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Re: 158 --> 170 in 3 months?

Postby dowu » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:42 pm

latinomike wrote:I really want to attend either UCLA or USC. I have 3 months to study but I am freaking out already!


Well stop freaking out, buy some materials, and get crackin'. The 170+ score isn't going to come to you; you have to find it!

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Re: 158 --> 170 in 3 months?

Postby Objection » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:15 am

163 --> 177 in 3 months. It's doable. Work hard, stay calm.

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Re: 158 --> 170 in 3 months?

Postby jetissent » Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:22 am

150s-174 in 3.5 weeks.

I missed a question on my actual LSAT because I ignored my gut and picked an answer I believed to be true regardless of that fact that in the +20 practice tests I'd done it was never once the correct answer.

All I did was take practice tests and review them. It's absolutely possible but you need to be dedicated a lot of time to timed tests. Also, you need to honestly admit/learn from your mistakes. Trust probability over your doubt/intuition.

I've worked for ETS as a test writer ( I know they don't write the LSAT but they write almost every other major standardized test). ETS trains it's writers to repeatedly incorporate the same tricks/traps/etc to make test takers chose the wrong answer. In fact, they call them "attractive distractors." If you begin to notice the traps/distractions every test maker incorporates you'll be miles ahead of the average test taker. Best way to make that happen is by taking as many PTs as possible.




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