Syergin wrote:First post, and joining the party a bit late.
I have been following this thread for the last few months, and recently noticed many having issues with the 60s. So I just thought I'd share my experience.
For 5 weeks I was taking 2 PTs a week, never scoring below 169, with at least 1 day of study + 1 day of rest inbetween each. I then went on a short hiatus for finals, picking up right where I left off with the recent release of Volume V. The only difference was I moved it up to 3 tests a week- Monday, Wednesday, Friday. With intensive review and study Tuesday/Thursday, and a few hours on Saturday/Sunday. My scores over two weeks were: 170, 168, 166, 166, 167, and one I ripped up midtest due to my frustration (grading the 3 sections I had completed I was already down to 166). I was devastated with the declining scores and to compensate began studying even more; I sat for hours doing dozens of games and reading passages over and over again until I couldn't take it.
My girlfriend finally stepped in and dragged me over to her place for a long weekend where I wasn't so much as permitted to speak of the LSAT or law school. I came back on Monday refreshed and absolutely CRUSHED 70 (for me at least) getting a 173, my personal best. The prompts were much clearer to me, and the games section was a cake walk- I finished with over 10 minutes remaining (missing 1) and games are far from being my strongest section.
I am now a firm believer in "burnout", and highly recommend that any of you facing these same struggles of declining scores to take it easy these last few days. If you've been studying as intensely as many of you claim- you know everything you need to reach your desired score, don't psych yourself out. This isn't a college exam you are cramming vocab or dates for, these are nothing more than concepts you've seen 1000s of times. The tests dont change, but your brain can and does get worn out.
Of course, none of this may apply to you, in which case I'm really jealous.
I have to second this. Although I haven't really posted on this thread, I totally felt your shared pain about scores going down the past couple of weeks, esp with Vol V. I was feeling pretty down on myself since my scores had peaked 2-3 weeks ago. I took a break and came back and my scores shot up as well. For me I think it was that it became difficult to focus with the same intensity after handling so much material for so long. After I came back, the answers to the tricky questions all became so much more obvious, and the clarity of my thought really felt like it had increased.
As the Syergin noted above, doing a few more tests probably isn't going to change your score at this point. After all of this studying, it's more a matter of your level of focus, confidence, and luck on test day. Anyway, totally recommend you all do as Syergin recommends and chill out! (And maybe get sloshed this weekend to loosen up a bit.)