LOL, kind of misconstruing the argument - but she actually didn't dismiss TLS in general; she provided an alternative recommendation to another person since this person doesn't seem to be satisfied with the advice of this particular thread
Furthermore, her mentioning some people who have scored in the 170's that charge $ wasn't anything ad hominem against those people and certainly wasn't any ad hominem against 170 scorers who DON'T charge money, but in line with her recommendation to simply go elsewhere if one is not satisfied with the unsolicited advice particular thread.
rebexness wrote:Why are you giving advice if you have never taken an actual LSAT?
but only those who have already taken should give advice. Like I said in my reply earlier, I would rather get advice from someone who has taken and scored a 165 over someone who hasn't taken at all.
This is a bit extreme. If one is doing exceptionally well on their practice exams and review, and they are capable of answering questions related to the material or on the exams, that could be sufficient for one to give out advice to those who seek it. To further illustrate my point, and by using your premises it could similarly suggest that someone who may have been studying for over a year and have been scoring nothing less than a 177 for the last 10 PT's as they near their test date, should still be precluded or advised not to provide advice (if one should follow your rule/recommendation). Also, just by citing one's preference for one person or the other doesn't support the conclusion/recommendation that only those who have taken the LSAT are or should be qualified to administer advice.
By suggesting that it's necessary for someone to have taken an actual LSAT to give advice would be premature, since there are plenty of people (first-time takers included) on this board that still thoroughly understand the material and are capable of giving reasonable advice related to the LSAT during
their prep, and yet still haven't take their first LSAC administered exam. If we were to limit the offering of advice just to post-one timers and retakers - it would be terribly unrepresentative and could/would inhibit the full and realizable potential of the LSAT Prep subcategory of the TLS message boards.
Anyway, i'm glad this got back on track. But Natashka, i was wondering if you had any experience with those PT's I mentioned in my previous post =p