I want to know if there is a better #2 pencil I could use. If such a pencil exists, please post it here. If you say to use those Staples pencils, I will assume you're trolling.
Here are some testimonials of people who were helped by this thread;
CR2012 wrote:My only regret during my LSAT prep was that I didn't take the time to purchase quality pencils for my first take. I only realized this after receiving my second score and putting two and two together.
Sorry for the testimonial, I just really appreciate the work that is being done ITT for future test takers.
After taking my first LSAT with TTT pencils, I disappointedly scored in the low 160s. After switching to Ticonderogas for my second administration, I pleasantly saw a large jump. Going into my third take, I know that my advanced knowledge of pencils and pencil accoutrement will provide me with the confidence and know how to push past that 170+ barrier. I don't think there is anything as vital or controllable in LSAT prep than proper pencil equipment. The question isn't why should you do it, but rather, why wouldn't you do it?
Black Mirado Warriors, Dixon Ticonderogas, Helix Eraser Caps, Dixon Triconderogas.
This is probably the most important thread ever posted on any TLS forum.
ManoftheHour wrote:This thread revealed the world of the Black Ticons and the Mirado Warriors to me. Both of which are superior to the TTT pencils that I used on my previous two LSATs.
Dre opened my eyes to a whole new world of pencils and LSAT prep.
mlansky wrote:Once I went Ticon black, I didn't go back.
Skill Game wrote:What an amazing thread
ZGr88n wrote:This thread motivated me into buying a new set of pencils, real talk.
haus wrote:When I sat down to try a initial diagnostic practice test, I had just read that wooden pencils were required for a the exam. I did not have any wooden pencils as I had not used one for years (probably 15 to 20 years since I regularly used them).
I stopped by a convience store and grabbed what they had on hand and a throw away plastic sharpener. The first signs of things being less than ideal was the discomfort I felt sharpening three of the pencils. Things went downhill from there, I found the marks made by pencils were unexpectedly light and inconsistent. I attempt to adjust by pressing harder, this lead to broken points (and more time with the crummy sharpener). I also discovered that the erasers on these pencils did a better job of smearing the lead marks than erasing them, when I used more elbow grease to force the issue, I ended up tearing holes in the paper I used as my scoring sheet. When I made it through the practice test, my hand was sore.
I realized that this was not the performance I wanted to repeat on the actual rest day. Hence I read some reviews on pencils, sharpeners, and erasers. I orderd a few or each that sounded promising. I set aside the fat barrel pens I used at the office to take notes, and started using wooden pencils for all of my daily writing task. This allowed me to find the combination of tools that I am most comfortable with.
No, I do not expect that this will lead to a dramatic diffrence in my score, but I do want to make an effort to reduce things that could be distractions. This may be more important to me than many others due to some nagging injuries I have with my writing hand left over from days when my work was more physically demanding than my current geek work.