How much can I expect to improve?

lawschoolkid4
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How much can I expect to improve?

Postby lawschoolkid4 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:20 pm

Hey all,

I am planning on sitting for the Dec. test. My diag today was a 163. how much improvement can i realistically expect? Thanks.

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wtrc
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Re: How much can I expect to improve?

Postby wtrc » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:28 pm

Nobody on this site can give you a helpful answer with the info you gave us.

You have 3 months. Some people have improved from the low 160's to well into the 170's in 3 months; some have found 3 months to be not near enough time.

It depends on how much time you have to put into this (are you working/in school now?) how fast you learn; what you're doing for it; where your mistakes are; etc.

If you put in the time-- and that might mean waiting until a different exam -- you can do exceptionally well on this test. That's probably the best advice anyone can give you at this point.

Also, 163 is amazing for a diag. Congrats!

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Re: How much can I expect to improve?

Postby lsatyolo » Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:50 pm

There's no doubt that you will push well into the 170's if you A. put forth good effort B. use legit resources (you'll find them all over this forum). Great diag. score congrats on that.

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Re: How much can I expect to improve?

Postby SteelPenguin » Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:02 pm

We can't give you a solid number, but I'd be pretty surprised if you didn't break 170 with enough time and effort

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Re: How much can I expect to improve?

Postby Jeffort » Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:12 pm

lawschoolkid4 wrote:Hey all,

I am planning on sitting for the Dec. test. My diag today was a 163. how much improvement can i realistically expect? Thanks.


If that is your first diagnostic and/or you are just starting (rather than worked your way up to the 163), you can reasonably expect to be able to improve your score to somewhere in the 170s if you really want to and work hard for it with a 180 also being somewhat reasonably within reach rather than being a hard odds super long shot.

Now knowing your great starting baseline, you should instead just be thinking about and focusing on what minimum score you are determined to reach rather than how much you can expect to improve since all the way up to perfect 180 is within reasonable reach when starting from 163. Decide your minimum target score, don't give up studying and practicing until you reach it and can consistently achieve it on practice tests, then take the real thing and hit that score or higher.

163 is a great starting score that has great improvement potential into the 98-99th% range because it shows you are already pretty solid on most of the concepts and mostly just need to learn efficient problem solving techniques like how to set-up and diagram games. However, just because getting into the 170s is very achievable for most people that start in the low 160s doesn't mean that it will happen overnight or be easy to accomplish. You still have to work hard, study and practice a lot. Starting with your score just makes it much more likely that with decent prep you can get into the 170s range, not that it will take less effort.

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Re: How much can I expect to improve?

Postby Nonconsecutive » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:15 am

SteelPenguin wrote:We can't give you a solid number, but I'd be pretty surprised if you didn't break 170 with enough time and effort

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Re: How much can I expect to improve?

Postby bp shinners » Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:32 pm

Anecdotally, I don't know many people who had a diagnostic of 163 and didn't end up scoring in the 170s (outside of those who had anxiety issues that killed them on test day - sever, I-can't-breathe anxiety issues, not just some jitters).

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Re: How much can I expect to improve?

Postby akg144 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:46 pm

163 cold diagnostic with solid work could easily be 170+ come test day. That being said don't be overconfident - improvement requires hard work, a concrete plan, and the discipline to carry it out. If you do all the right things a top-notch score is a definite possibility, but your only going to see significant progress if your put in the leg work to achieve it.

GL

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