Doubting yourself after practice exams?

Rstein888
Posts: 47
Joined: Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:26 am

Doubting yourself after practice exams?

Postby Rstein888 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:24 am

I just got a 167 on a timed practice exam and my last practice exams besides that have been 165, 166, 171, and 163. However, despite these great scores (for me), I am having a tough time accepting my improvement. Last time I averaged 161 on practice tests and got a 155 on the actual exam, very underwhelming. How can I accept these improvements and know they are legit? The only thing is that in the back of my mind, I may have seen some of these questions before in past practice.

User avatar
txdude45
Posts: 912
Joined: Mon May 21, 2012 6:25 pm

Re: Doubting yourself after practice exams?

Postby txdude45 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:23 am

No one here can say some sage stuff and you all of a sudden be care free. You're gonna drive yourself crazy if you keep thinking about this though. Your average is up, your score will be up. Maybe you saw some of the questions before, but it's probable that you didn't. You're clearly getting better, so keep doing what your doing.

User avatar
pancakes3
Posts: 3896
Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:49 pm

Re: Doubting yourself after practice exams?

Postby pancakes3 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:41 am

Part of the benefit of drilling is pattern recognition - especially for LG. You're supposed to say "Oh, I know how to do this." It's a good thing.

User avatar
NL2424
Posts: 1283
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:12 pm

Re: Doubting yourself after practice exams?

Postby NL2424 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:56 pm

..
Last edited by NL2424 on Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.

ilikebaseball
Posts: 4103
Joined: Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:04 am

Re: Doubting yourself after practice exams?

Postby ilikebaseball » Sun Dec 28, 2014 2:21 pm

Rstein888 wrote:I just got a 167 on a timed practice exam and my last practice exams besides that have been 165, 166, 171, and 163. However, despite these great scores (for me), I am having a tough time accepting my improvement. Last time I averaged 161 on practice tests and got a 155 on the actual exam, very underwhelming. How can I accept these improvements and know they are legit? The only thing is that in the back of my mind, I may have seen some of these questions before in past practice.


prepping is a roller coaster ride. for every good day you'll have 2 bad ones and an average one. It gets to the point where your mind gets numb to the bad days because they are too frequent. Like a pro athlete, just have short term memory loss and chill.

User avatar
Nulli Secundus
Posts: 2625
Joined: Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:19 am

Re: Doubting yourself after practice exams?

Postby Nulli Secundus » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:52 pm

If you mimic test day conditions as much as you can (no leeway for time, somewhat noisy place to study etc) your PT scores should closely approximate your actual score (barring extraordinary test day conditions).

So focus on that, take PTs in Starbucks etc.




Return to “LSAT Prep and Discussion Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], dg1090, MrSam, MSNbot Media and 12 guests