What #2 Pencil Should I use?

What is your favorite #2 pencil?

Ticonderoga (original)
110
32%
Black Ticonderoga
130
38%
Tri-conderoga
22
6%
Blackwing 602
15
4%
Black Mirado Warrior
35
10%
Palomino's Golden Bear
2
1%
General's Semi-Hex
5
1%
Palomino HB
13
4%
Other (post ITT what it is)
13
4%
 
Total votes: 345

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:06 am

indeed they should.

what is better BP for LG or Manhattan LG

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:26 am

I still like Manhattan more. It's the go to book. But I feel doing all three (PS, Manhattan, and Blueprint) helps me significantly with the games. I can't state clearly enough that I am horrible at the games. But at last, LGs are finally clicking for me, which is great since it was my achilles heel (Got a 162 with -9 in LG).

How's your studying going Dre.? If all goes well, we'll both be applying next cycle. PTing those 170s with your Ticon blacks?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:08 am

I reached 169 but nothing higher than that. I'm taking it OCT. When are you taking it?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby CR2012 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:20 am

I will be adding my pencil bona fides to my TLS profile. I invite the dames and gentry from this thread to do the same, so to stand in solidarity and enlighten all those who view our profiles.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby SteelPenguin » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:18 pm

I used the Dixon pencils that OP used for my first test, and my hand started cramping up towards the end. I have found the triangular pencils to be much better. I have been using Pentech's ones, but I might give the Dixon trio's a shot too.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby mlansky » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:55 pm

SteelPenguin wrote:I used the Dixon pencils that OP used for my first test, and my hand started cramping up towards the end. I have found the triangular pencils to be much better. I have been using Pentech's ones, but I might give the Dixon trio's a shot too.


"towards the end" meaning just during the writing sample, right?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby SteelPenguin » Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:27 pm

mlansky wrote:
SteelPenguin wrote:I used the Dixon pencils that OP used for my first test, and my hand started cramping up towards the end. I have found the triangular pencils to be much better. I have been using Pentech's ones, but I might give the Dixon trio's a shot too.


"towards the end" meaning just during the writing sample, right?


I honestly can't remember if it was the last section or the writing sample. Either way, I don't think Pentech makes the pencils I mentioned anymore, so I just ordered some tri-conderogas.

EDIT: Hooray! I found 3 almost-new Pentech pencils in a drawer!

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:53 pm

CR2012 wrote:I will be adding my pencil bona fides to my TLS profile. I invite the dames and gentry from this thread to do the same, so to stand in solidarity and enlighten all those who view our profiles.



Where'd you get them Oxford pencils? Are they circular in shape?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:26 pm

SteelPenguin wrote:
mlansky wrote:
SteelPenguin wrote:I used the Dixon pencils that OP used for my first test, and my hand started cramping up towards the end. I have found the triangular pencils to be much better. I have been using Pentech's ones, but I might give the Dixon trio's a shot too.


"towards the end" meaning just during the writing sample, right?


I honestly can't remember if it was the last section or the writing sample. Either way, I don't think Pentech makes the pencils I mentioned anymore, so I just ordered some tri-conderogas.

EDIT: Hooray! I found 3 almost-new Pentech pencils in a drawer!


I've never tried the triangular ones. Let me know how they work out. I don't like the feel of round pencils. The feel of the standards are okay, but I'm always willing to upgrade so as long as I have a month of prep left to switch.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:28 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:I reached 169 but nothing higher than that. I'm taking it OCT. When are you taking it?


June. I've still been stuck in the mid to upper 160s. I have gotten two 170s, but most of the time I'm PTing in the mid 160s. Making dumb errors.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:43 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:
Dr. Dre wrote:I reached 169 but nothing higher than that. I'm taking it OCT. When are you taking it?


June. I've still been stuck in the mid to upper 160s. I have gotten two 170s, but most of the time I'm PTing in the mid 160s. Making dumb errors.


The 170 hump is the hardest one to break into consistently. Just keep drilling and using proper pencils, and you'll get there in no time.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:02 pm

deputydog wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:
Dr. Dre wrote:I reached 169 but nothing higher than that. I'm taking it OCT. When are you taking it?


June. I've still been stuck in the mid to upper 160s. I have gotten two 170s, but most of the time I'm PTing in the mid 160s. Making dumb errors.


The 170 hump is the hardest one to break into consistently. Just keep drilling and using proper pencils, and you'll get there in no time.



Have you tried the cambridge books that focus on just one topic? (e.g., parallel reasoning in LR)

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:27 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:
deputydog wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:
Dr. Dre wrote:I reached 169 but nothing higher than that. I'm taking it OCT. When are you taking it?


June. I've still been stuck in the mid to upper 160s. I have gotten two 170s, but most of the time I'm PTing in the mid 160s. Making dumb errors.


The 170 hump is the hardest one to break into consistently. Just keep drilling and using proper pencils, and you'll get there in no time.



Have you tried the cambridge books that focus on just one topic? (e.g., parallel reasoning in LR)


Yea, the cambridge bundles are the shit.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby SteelPenguin » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:29 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:Have you tried the cambridge books that focus on just one topic? (e.g., parallel reasoning in LR)


I am planning on buying some of these tomorrow. I'm only missing 0-3 lr per section, but I'm screwing up parallel reasoning, flaw, and cannot be true enough to make them worth it.

I'm also considering getting the RC, because I haven't made much progress there.

Dre, are you planning on applying to uc irvine in the fall?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:38 pm

SteelPenguin wrote:
Dr. Dre wrote:Have you tried the cambridge books that focus on just one topic? (e.g., parallel reasoning in LR)


I am planning on buying some of these tomorrow. I'm only missing 0-3 lr per section, but I'm screwing up parallel reasoning, flaw, and cannot be true enough to make them worth it.

I'm also considering getting the RC, because I haven't made much progress there.

Dre, are you planning on applying to uc irvine in the fall?


I bought all of the RC, a couple of LR that I have trouble with, and all of the difficult question ones. I have noticed improvement in LR. RC, I feel like I'm better at them, but consistency is a big issue. I recommend them.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:03 pm

No, i am not applying to uc irvine law. I will never apply to that toilet of a law school. I talk about it here only to smack sense into people considering going there.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby cynthiad » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:06 pm

I bought Rite Aid brand pencils the morning of the test and sharpened them in the subway on my way to the testing site.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby CardozoLaw09 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:12 pm

cynthiad wrote:I bought Rite Aid brand pencils the morning of the test and sharpened them in the subway on my way to the testing site.


We've got ourselves a rebel over here.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 052220151 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:16 pm

cynthiad wrote:I bought Rite Aid brand pencils the morning of the test and sharpened them in the subway on my way to the testing site.


Were you pleased with your score?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dmini7 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:18 pm

deputydog wrote:
cynthiad wrote:I bought Rite Aid brand pencils the morning of the test and sharpened them in the subway on my way to the testing site.


Were you pleased with your score?


Obviously Rite-aid has the best pencils. His profile says 180 (I was too lazy to really check if he ended up getting a 180, but he said his first practice test score was a 178... so either way I am impressed and will only use Rite-Aid pencils now).

edit: his profile numbers are legit according to his post history. I think he should of written an addendum about not having a ticonderoga pencil for the test and how it made him underperform.
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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:18 pm

deputydog wrote:
cynthiad wrote:I bought Rite Aid brand pencils the morning of the test and sharpened them in the subway on my way to the testing site.


Were you pleased with your score?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby SteelPenguin » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:22 pm

Dmini7 wrote:
deputydog wrote:
cynthiad wrote:I bought Rite Aid brand pencils the morning of the test and sharpened them in the subway on my way to the testing site.


Were you pleased with your score?


Obviously Rite-aid has the best pencils. His profile says 180 (I was too lazy to really check if he ended up getting a 180, but he said his first practice test score was a 178... so either way I am impressed and will only use Rite-Aid pencils now).


What a shame. Could have been the first 181 in history if he had just bought some better quality pencils.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Dr. Dre » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:23 pm

Dmini7 wrote:... so either way I am impressed and will only use Rite-Aid pencils now).



did you score 170+ on your first practice test? clearly, he is at another level. So this is a bad comparison and you using his anecdote to justify you using TTT pencils is erroneous.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby SteelPenguin » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:42 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:No, i am not applying to uc irvine law. I will never apply to that toilet of a law school. I talk about it here only to smack sense into people considering going there.


I'm not sure why, but seeing you comment about Irvine has become one of my favorite parts about TLS.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby PRgradBYU » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:35 pm

Dre: Original (Yellow) Ticonderoga. 'Tis the pencil of pencils.

Also, can I say that I LOVE the fact that there is a heated discussion on which type of pencil to use?




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