oxie wrote:This whole issue of "natural" versus more "acquired" aptitude among high scorers is interesting, but obviously kind of hard to quantify. I think I fall into the former camp, so I've had a hard time giving advice to friends about how to do well on the LSAT.
But thinking about this question more, I think there are two big things that would give me pause if I was hoping to score 175+ within a few weeks:
1. Any sort of significant timing issues
2. Not being able to understand why certain answers are correct and why my chosen answer was incorrect
If you're OK on those points and already scoring pretty high, I think it makes sense to keep doing a lot of tests to get familiar with the feel/quirks of the test, gain consistency and really analyze what types of questions tend to trip you up. Other people on this site have developed much more sophisticated study plans, though, if that's what you're looking for!
This gets at the heart of the issue, I think. I studied for four weeks total. First few practice tests were untimed, and I hit 180 on all of them. Timed tests were a different matter, but I knew that I was working on executing the thinking I was capable of doing faster - which is a distinct process from learning how to do the thinking in the first place.
Progress on timing issues improves more slowly and steadily, in my experience, depending on how much work you've done on that already. Progress on issues of understanding has, again in my experience (in areas outside of the LSAT), come in fits and starts. So if that's where you're putting in time, you might see a non-linear jump. But you might not.