ScottRiqui wrote:Checking in. Scored 167 in June, but lost more than half of my total points in LG (8 of 15), which was typical for me up to that point. Changed my games strategy and been hitting it hard since a week after test day, and seeing great improvements already.
Aiming for ~175 in October. I already have the numbers for one of the schools I'm interested in, but trying to bump up the LSAT to improve my chances at my other choice.
How have you stepped it up? That's a good score btw. Some impressive test takers here.
Thanks. The biggest difference has been going from a Velocity prep style, where you don't worry about inferences, instead just getting the rules and diagram written down and then diving right into "plugging and chugging" the questions. I initially went with Velocity because I was slow to make inferences, so I thought the brute-force/no pauses style would work better for me. But you end up having to generate a LOT of hypos, and it turns out I wasn't super-fast at that, either. My accuracy was fairly good, but I'd consistently run out of time with up to a full game left in the section. By brute-forcing every game all the way through, I never got any of those quick times that give you cushion to use on the longer games. That's what happened to me on test day.
Now, I've gone more to a Manhattan/7sage method where I spend more time on the front end of the game, finding inferences and framing out several different diagrams if the game warrants it. It takes longer to get to the questions, but I find that for many of the questions, I can either read the answer right off of my diagram(s), or at least rule out several answer choices right off the bat. I'm still drilling by type, so I haven't gotten to all of the various game types using the new strategy, but it's not uncommon now for me to finish a game in 3:30-5:00, which *never* happened before.