IHaveDietMoxie wrote:I think different types of intelligence can yield equally poor scores, especially at the start. Some people, me for instance, can start in the 150s (I never took it timed when I was so dismal at it, but I imagine this is where I was) and progress via smart and hard work to the 170's. The scoring system of the lsat is not in any way a true measure of intelligence....it merely charts a very narrow range of specific skills that may or may not be possible to develop in any given person.
This. Though I do think, based on my own experience, that it's easier to practice up logic games than it is reading comprehension/logical reasoning. I was terrible at logic games when I first started studying, but used the LG Bible and went through old practice tests like a mad thing for a month or so, and got them all right on test day. Reading comp/logical reasoning, on the other hand, really does seem (at least in my limited sample of people I know who've taken the LSAT) to take a lot longer to work up. Ideal really would be the OP's suggestion of reading dense, difficult material on a regular basis, and starting 6 months to a year before the exam.
I think part of the reason I scored as well as I did (179) was because reading comp and logical reasoning were already strengths for me (I read a lot, and I read quickly), and my weakness was a section that I could improve upon with a month or two of concentrated work.