Shakawkaw wrote:How long do you take per section, untimed? Or do you not keep track at all?
I can complete all the sections in 35 minutes each when necessary.
By untimed I mean I will spend as long as necessary until I am 100% sure the answer is right and the other answers are wrong.
When taking a PT there are many times when I'm like "I'm pretty confident this is the right answer, so I should move on". In an untimed PT I will disregard time as a factor, and focus on answering each question correctly instead of simply answering them all.
monadologist wrote:I'm not sure if that's the best approach tbh. Time pressure is an essential feature of the test, you can't separate the two. There's a saying that I heard from TLSers that goes along the lines of "everyone can get a 180 on the lsat... untimed". Scoring a 180 untimed doesn't really mean much.
I mean look, if I did a PT untimed with an aim to get a 180, I'd brute force every logic game (i.e. draw hypos, confirm each answer to certainty, and take my time doing it), then I'd take 5 minutes on each LR question, and then for RC I'd read the passage 40 times and confirm every answer with the passage... very... slowly.... The score wouldn't reflect any of my abilities because time is not factored.
eta - Unless I misunderstand you and you are testing with ELAPSED time, which is a totally different ball game, but that's not untimed
I 100% agree that time is a huge factor. When I take PTs I always time them.
I want to score very high on text day (like everyone I guess... but I want 173+). To get this kind of score you need to know how to find the right answers on every question, and the best way to learn (imo) is by focusing closely on each question type and learning the tricks LSAC uses to trap you into hasty incorrect answers.
I already am pretty good with timing. I can finish the test in time and my highest timed PT is 172. I consider untimed PTs to be more of large-scale drilling than taking an actual practice test