The Official October 2015 Study Group

How many PTs have you done? (timed)

0+
5
4%
5+
12
10%
10+
25
21%
15+
14
12%
20+
20
17%
25+
9
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30+
3
2%
35+
33
27%
 
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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby MrBalloons » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:35 pm

The Abyss wrote:I do have it mapped out and I understand that there's only so much material. My plan from the start was to do every question/game/passage from the Cambridge packets 2-3 times. Redoing questions is still useful, I believe. Even if I remember the answer to a question I force myself through the reasoning of why that AC is correct and the others are wrong. My way may not work for everyone, but it works for me. Knowing myself, burnout isn't an issue I'm concerned about, and if I need a day off I take it.

Yeah, hey, if that works for you then that's the route to go for sure. I both do and don't envy you for it.

I've found that I get basically nothing out of redoing easy questions of any type. So I essentially blind review my drills. Circle anything that I'm not 100% on and then make a note of the page of the LG/question number in LR in the Cambridge packet for redo. Which winnows my review down enough that, after going through everything once, I'll probably only have 10-15% of the material for round 2.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby EnderWiggin » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:51 pm

RZ5646 wrote:How do you guys do experimental sections? I think I read once that the experimental is always section 1-3... do you follow that rule when assembling PTs? Do you use new sections or old sections for experimentals?


I try to cycle it through. So if I've taken the experimental 1st, 2nd, and 5th during my last 3 PTs, I will put the experimental either 3rd or 4th during my next one.

Also, took this year's June LSAT and can confirm that the experimental is NOT always section 1-3. It can be any section, so it's best to practice that way.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby ltowns1 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:58 pm

Dexter97 wrote:Finally finished the flaw packet today. Things were going well until I got to the level 4 difficulty. Those questions rocked me :oops:



I heard that you should not put too much emphasis on how you do on difficulty 4 questions..just try to use/review them productively, focusing on better elimination skills

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby RZ5646 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:41 pm

chicharon wrote:
ltowns1 wrote:
Dexter97 wrote:Finally finished the flaw packet today. Things were going well until I got to the level 4 difficulty. Those questions rocked me :oops:



I heard that you should not put too much emphasis on how you do on difficulty 4 questions..just try to use/review them productively, focusing on better elimination skills


If someone could confirm that this is credited then I will gladly stop worrying about level 4s :)


The reasoning is that since questions of level 4 difficulty are relatively uncommon, you won't miss that many points if you aren't able to consistently get them right in time. Your goal score dictates whether those losses are acceptable.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby thecap91 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:44 pm

chicharon wrote:
ltowns1 wrote:
Dexter97 wrote:Finally finished the flaw packet today. Things were going well until I got to the level 4 difficulty. Those questions rocked me :oops:



I heard that you should not put too much emphasis on how you do on difficulty 4 questions..just try to use/review them productively, focusing on better elimination skills


If someone could confirm that this is credited then I will gladly stop worrying about level 4s :)


I think the reasoning is that the frequency of those questions is so small that they probably only come up a few times in an entire test. Then again, you can use that to your advantage; if you kill level 4s than everything else is probably going to be easy. I typically center around the level 3s and 4s, 1 and 2s are pretty easy. Eventually they'll get easier, but they're never going to be no brainers, they're the hardest ones.

The elimination part is essential to these questions because you'll usually end up with two answers to choose between, the one that you can clearly prove to be wrong is the one that will be eliminated and the other one will be the right answer, even if it is iffy. Kind of sucks cause these questions really test your reasoning skills, you HAVE to be able to prove 4 wrong.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:32 pm

Checking in part 2.

Going to start studying probably this Friday or so once I go reprint a lot of stuff.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby RZ5646 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:14 pm

Did a dozen games today, mostly grouping, and I flew through them. I felt great. However, I already drilled most of these games multiple times in the past, so idk how much I've actually improved. I could just be remembering things.

Gonna do another untimed PT tomorrow, or at least part of one. (School work is picking up.)

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby ltowns1 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:31 pm

RZ5646 wrote:Did a dozen games today, mostly grouping, and I flew through them. I felt great. However, I already drilled most of these games multiple times in the past, so idk how much I've actually improved. I could just be remembering things.

Gonna do another untimed PT tomorrow, or at least part of one. (School work is picking up.)



Ain't that what it's all about though?? Essentially just remembering the inferences?

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby RZ5646 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:45 pm

ltowns1 wrote:
RZ5646 wrote:Did a dozen games today, mostly grouping, and I flew through them. I felt great. However, I already drilled most of these games multiple times in the past, so idk how much I've actually improved. I could just be remembering things.

Gonna do another untimed PT tomorrow, or at least part of one. (School work is picking up.)



Ain't that what it's all about though?? Essentially just remembering the inferences?


It's about remembering how to make inferences, but sometimes I remember the inferences themselves.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby IntheArena » Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:08 pm

Hello, all!

I'm checking in as a third-time test-taker (165 the first time, 169 the second time in June) with the goal of a 175+ (ideally 180!) in October. I'm really hoping the forum/community will be a good luck charm this third and final time around. :D Going to give it my best!

Anyone else having issues with having used up the ~30 most recent preptests? I'm having trouble thinking through a new study plan for this third time around. If there are any n-th time test-takers here, I'd appreciate thoughts.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby 179orBust » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:13 am

Weird day for me. Did PT27 RC and got destroyed:-6. The Stuart/Mills passage with the names killed me. Then I drilled around 45 flaw questions from all difficulty levels and got all of them right. I happen to enjoy flaw questions--- the answers are predictable and I find the stimuli to be a lot shorter.

Anyway, I realize I've been struggling with Humanities passages. I can't stand music/art/literature and so that may be why. Can anyone here recommend a book that'll get me familiar with some of these topics? Would really appreciate any recommendations.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby Monkey D Luffy » Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:48 am

When do you guys think is a good time to start PTing? I have PT's 40-70. :shock:

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby TheWalkingDebt » Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:17 am

started doing drills yesterday. going to focus more on RC since after re-scoring I will have gone -2 (LR), -0(LR), -1(LG), -9 (RC). Not going to take it for granted that I was doing well on RC and just get more comfortable with RC in general I suppose.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby DoYouEvenTLS » Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:42 am

Monkey D Luffy wrote:When do you guys think is a good time to start PTing? I have PT's 40-70. :shock:



I have those same PTs to take... I'm starting them next week, I'll do about 3 per week leading up to the Oct LSAT

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby WMcGregs » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:30 pm

DoYouEvenTLS wrote:
Monkey D Luffy wrote:When do you guys think is a good time to start PTing? I have PT's 40-70. :shock:



I have those same PTs to take... I'm starting them next week, I'll do about 3 per week leading up to the Oct LSAT


This is my first, hopefully only attempt, at the lsat. I've been studying since May and will start PTing in Aug. I've been concentrating on accuracy and blind reviewing mainly. I may take a test a week a little earlier than that but I'll see how my confidence is come mid July.

On another note, my LR is pretty squared away besides Flaws. I for some reason always have 2 answers per question where I feel like I'm guessing. Any one have suggestions or tips?

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby RZ5646 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:39 pm

179orBust wrote:Weird day for me. Did PT27 RC and got destroyed:-6. The Stuart/Mills passage with the names killed me. Then I drilled around 45 flaw questions from all difficulty levels and got all of them right. I happen to enjoy flaw questions--- the answers are predictable and I find the stimuli to be a lot shorter.

Anyway, I realize I've been struggling with Humanities passages. I can't stand music/art/literature and so that may be why. Can anyone here recommend a book that'll get me familiar with some of these topics? Would really appreciate any recommendations.


I don't think the subject actually matters (though inexplicably I seem to struggle on science passages).

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby texasellewoods » Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:58 pm

Are the Cambridge Drilling packets real LSAT questions or LSAT-like questions? I'd rather do a ton of drilling with made up questions and save the real ones for the PTs (took the June one so don't have a ton of real questions left to practice with)

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby ltowns1 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:03 pm

texasellewoods wrote:Are the Cambridge Drilling packets real LSAT questions or LSAT-like questions? I'd rather do a ton of drilling with made up questions and save the real ones for the PTs (took the June one so don't have a ton of real questions left to practice with)



1. Yes they are real questions

2. You only need to drill with real questions




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