How to avoid a disappointing score on the LSAT

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the_pakalypse
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Re: How to avoid a disappointing score on the LSAT

Postby the_pakalypse » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:48 pm

1. What was your diagnostic (starting) score, if any?
157

2. What did you score on Test Day?
Cancelled my first take. LG tripped me up and RC seemed so difficult that I decided it wasn't worth it -- I knew I was capable of more, especially since I had been PTing 174+.

3. Which books did you use?
LG/LR bibles, Manhattan RC

4. Did you take a prep course? If so, which?
-

5. For how many months did you study, and for how many hours/week? Were you also working or in college, etc.?
In school. 5 months. Fairly full-time studying.

6. How many PrepTests did you complete?
Everything out there that was available for my take. So PT 1-64, Itemwise, SP A/B/C, June 2007 diagnostic.

7. What do you believe is the reason for your score?
Bad technique, bad form. LG destroyed me (to be fair it was a tough game) -- because my fundamentals were weak, I didn't have enough time left to spend on the hardest game of the section. I also found RC difficult. I also probably can attribute a bit of it to burn out. I was just so absolutely sick of the LSAT before the test -- I found myself wanting the LR section to be over when I doing a test, for example. BURNOUT IS REAL.

8. What would you change if you were to retake?
I did retake, heh. Silver-lining? I got a 180.

I don't know what the hell I was doing for LG.. somehow I was still managing to finish on time -- I don't trust any "hypo" approach to LG anymore. The LG is MEANT to test your inference making ability, even if its just from conditional questions. I got a Manhattan book and redid my entire approach to LG. I reviewed LR using the Manhattan book as well. Did pretty much every game in existence at least twice, with the harder games done 3-4 times. Also did ACE the LSAT "fake" logic games.

I also drilled LR 1-38 "Difficult questions" from Cambridge. Did PTs again, ended up completing PT 50-68, using the 40s as an experimental section.

This took me around 6 months.. although this time I tried to spread out my studying a bit more and avoid burnout.


9. Any other comments or suggestions?

I would have started with Manhattan earlier for all sections. I would also have spent more time in review -- don't get me wrong, I spent a shit ton of time in review the first time around.. but I realized that I could do more the second time, so I did. You have to make everything absolutely as simple as possible (without oversimplifying) -- think of your mental energy as a limited resource that you must allocate efficiently during the test. I learned the test to a point where LR was a breeze, RC was consistent 0 to -2 and LG was 0 to -1 (a few dumb mistakes). It all came down to becoming efficient. Test day I was lucky for a -2 curve for a 180, and some RC passages that aligned with my interests.

Feels good bro.

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Re: How to avoid a disappointing score on the LSAT

Postby Balthy » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:15 pm

Thanks pakalypse, great advice:D




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