5 Section PTs

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5 Section PTs

Postby negligee » Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:29 pm

Should I do 4 section PTs and later on, add a fifth section? How do I know when to make this transition? Also, what are the recommended benchmarks for each stage of LSAT prep? By this I mean, do I drill/practice using PTs 1-35 and do 4 section tests after that?

If I've been going through individual sections up to PT 35, which section(s) do I use for the experimental one? Will I run the risk of remembering the answers, thus distorting my performance?

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby Clearly » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:26 pm

If you're taking a test always take 5 (or more!) Section tests.

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby Clearly » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:28 pm

Personally I'd just take every 5th PT and break it appear to use one section each on the next 4 pts

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby oldercoldervoice » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:48 pm

Yeah if you don't get significant fatigue or test anxiety there's no reason to do a five-section test imo. A lot of TLS posters talk about the importance of simulating testing conditions as EXACTLY as possible but ultimately you know yourself better than they do. If you know you're not going to get any benefit from the fifth section then don't add it.

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby KMart » Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:05 pm

If you don't have bad test anxiety or endurance issues, I wouldn't worry too much. That being said, I did my PTs with 4 sections but no break.

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby Manhattan Prep Matt » Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:15 pm

KMart wrote:That being said, I did my PTs with 4 sections but no break.


If you're not going to use a fifth section (and I would recommend that you do so at least 5 or 6 times), then this would be my recommendation. It's not a perfect analogue, but it does tend to push your stamina up.

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby Clearly » Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:41 pm

There are risks to that too. They force you to take the break, if you're not used to having your focus broken it could hurt you.

Honestly, the test is 5 sections and is the most important thing you've done to date, idk why you wouldn't just take 5 section or more tests lol

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby oldercoldervoice » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:43 pm

Clearly wrote:There are risks to that too. They force you to take the break, if you're not used to having your focus broken it could hurt you.

Honestly, the test is 5 sections and is the most important thing you've done to date, idk why you wouldn't just take 5 section or more tests lol


It's just not necessary for everyone. And if you're one of the people for whom it's unnecessary, it's a waste of resources to split up every fifth PT and use its sections as unscored experimental sections.

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby oldercoldervoice » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:55 pm

Basically you're confusing a sufficient condition for being prepared for the test format for a necessary one.

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby Clearly » Sat Jun 27, 2015 4:25 pm

Did I say necessary? I said "I don't know why you would do this". The reality is you can't predict how you're going to feel on test day. Perhaps some people did 5 section tests when they could have gotten by doing 4. Perhaps some people only took 4 and didn't realize the 5th was going to kick their ass until test day. Which of these mistakes would you recommend people make? I'm not saying its necessary, I'm saying its wise to err on the side of caution. Also telling someone their mistaking sufficient for necessary in real life is pretty lame, you should prob step out of the LSAT mindset for a while.

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby john1990 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 4:26 pm

I only used 4 section preptests and scores the same as I was prepping on test day

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby oldercoldervoice » Sat Jun 27, 2015 4:30 pm

Lmao take a chill pill or something it's not that serious

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Re: 5 Section PTs

Postby Clearly » Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:32 pm

oldercoldervoice wrote:Lmao take a chill pill or something it's not that serious

Isn't it though?




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