mvonh001 wrote:How many pts do you think are necessary before the taker is getting the score that he should get, assuming reviewing is not an issue with this person blind reviewing and typing up explanations for wrong answers.
I missed this. The short answer is: I have no idea. As long as you're seeing improvements, keep going.
The long answer is: I've noticed no correlation between number of preptests taken and overall improvement. Obviously you need to do a certain amount. I'd say 10 tests or so will let you see consistent progress from familiarization alone. But beyond that, everyone depends on how ruthless you are at identifying and fixing your weaknesses.
Banish the words "I understand this" from your vocabulary. The second you become satisfied with your existing knowledge, you become complacent. Instead say "what don't I understand here?".
As you go through preptests, you'll hit a plateau. You can break through that by switching up methods. To return to the original question, I've seen people make great progress on fewer than 20 preptests, and I've seen others burn through 60 tests without learning a single thing.
And I've long maintained that you could get really, really good at the LSAT with nothing but a single book of ten preptests. The reason I say this is that when I first started tutoring, everyone used the book of preptests 29-38. So I saw those questions again and again. I started as a clumsy natural: I could score well, but it was a struggle, and I couldn't explain things all that well. Now I am fast, I see patterns, and I can explain all the nuances of a question and how it fits larger trends on the test. Just from intensive review of 10 tests.
I recommend many more tests than that, for two reasons only:
1. Variety. You'll see all the nuances the test can throw at you if you do 20-40 tests.
2. Score tracking. Only a fresh preptest can give you an accurate idea of your score
But review and self-examination are where real progress comes from. You should absolutely do hard questions over again, and again. Talk about them with other students, or try to explain them to intelligent friends. Within a single question there are levels of depth most do not even conceive of. The more of these levels you reach, the higher you can aim. Good luck.