Average score vs. Game day score

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Average score vs. Game day score

Postby NL2424 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:50 pm

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby LawsRUs » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:55 pm

Depends on the individual defining it, but last month before the test date for me.

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby KMart » Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:14 pm

What Laws said ^^ - for me it was the last 10ish scores or so I could quickly remember. It's not a precise score but really more of a benchmark indicating a range you expect to score within.

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby downbeat14 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:38 pm

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby appind » Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:20 pm

were these completely fresh never-before anything-seen PTs under strict test timing conditions for average?

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby LawsRUs » Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:21 pm

appind wrote:were these completely fresh never-before anything-seen PTs under strict test timing conditions for average?


For me, yes.

eta: I only took six PTs the month before the actual test.

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby RunnerRunner » Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:32 pm

I think KMart's method (final 10 PTs) is right on the money.

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby foamborn » Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:01 pm

what's the point of an average? obviously, if you really mean average pt score, then you need to include all scores. but i think the real point of calculating your average is to help you get your best score. if thinking in terms of a (likely) lower average helps you perform better on the real thing, then consider the full range of pt scores. that's what i considered my average. if thinking you're gonna kill it because your last 5 were awesome helps more, then think of that as your average. whatever is the biggest boost to your psychology.

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby NL2424 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:23 pm

Well instead of trying to mentally psych myself out I was actually just trying to see what I should use as an average so I know what to expect...

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby haus » Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:39 pm

downbeat14 wrote:I averaged the last 5 PTs, ended up 2.5 below.

I also counted my average as the last 5 PTs. On my second LSAT I ended up with a score 3 points below my average, although still an reasonable improvement over my fist test.
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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby laurvb » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:15 pm

I think it would depend on when you take your PTs. The second time I took the LSAT, I insisted on taking several PTs the week before the test (which happened to be the Feb exam, so I was also very busy with school). I think the anxiety of being so close to the test and "running out of time" made me underperform on my PTs to the point where I actually almost backed out of taking the exam. Surprisingly, on the actual exam I ended up scoring 3 points higher than my highest PT the week before. I had however scored above this previously, so I didn't just get lucky and over-perform on my exam.

I think when it became time to take the exam, I had come to a realization that I was as ready as I was going to be and the pressure was lifted. I can't speak for everyone, but to answer your question based on my own experience, I would recommend looking at your scores throughout the month before the exam. If you cram several exams in right before the test, it might not be a true representation of what you can achieve.

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby downbeat14 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:46 pm

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby downbeat14 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:48 pm

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby RunnerRunner » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:51 pm

zacboro wrote:Well instead of trying to mentally psych myself out I was actually just trying to see what I should use as an average so I know what to expect...


Makes sense. Which is why you should use the previous month/last 5/last10/some kind other configuration of your more recent PTs. The scores you had when you started studying likely don't come close to representing your abilities now, which is what you are trying to measure.

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Re: Average score vs. Game day score

Postby NL2424 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:17 pm

laurvb wrote:I think it would depend on when you take your PTs. The second time I took the LSAT, I insisted on taking several PTs the week before the test (which happened to be the Feb exam, so I was also very busy with school). I think the anxiety of being so close to the test and "running out of time" made me underperform on my PTs to the point where I actually almost backed out of taking the exam. Surprisingly, on the actual exam I ended up scoring 3 points higher than my highest PT the week before. I had however scored above this previously, so I didn't just get lucky and over-perform on my exam.

I think when it became time to take the exam, I had come to a realization that I was as ready as I was going to be and the pressure was lifted. I can't speak for everyone, but to answer your question based on my own experience, I would recommend looking at your scores throughout the month before the exam. If you cram several exams in right before the test, it might not be a true representation of what you can achieve.


It'd be nice if this is how it turns out for me.




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