Improving a 167 - how?

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Improving a 167 - how?

Postby mkpres123 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:58 pm

September LSAT score came out, and I got a 167. I was PT'ing anywhere generally from 170-174, with a couple outliers on each end (165,167,177,177). I didn't take too many full practice tests, and certainly I know doing that can help me improve in a retake, but what else would you suggest? Mostly been following LSAT Trainer book and official prep tests. I aim to retake in Feb, and my LSAC conv gpa (as of now) is a 3.99, looking at applying next year.

FWIW I went -3 LR, -6 RC, -1 LR, -6 LG this time around. Usually when I'm practicing i go -0-2 on LR, -2-3 on LG, and RC can vary greatly, from -3-7. Thoughts?

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Re: Improving a 167 - how?

Postby Voyager » Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:31 pm

Sounds like you scored well within you practice range.

Also sounds like you would benefit from a more structured study plan.

Here is how I thought about LSAT prep:
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7241&p=136016#p136016

That starts on day, but you can skim through it to find drilling methods/study methods that I think would help you.

Here is how I fixed RC:
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7240&p=136011#p136011

Good luck.

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Re: Improving a 167 - how?

Postby Blueprint Mithun » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:19 pm

mkpres123 wrote:September LSAT score came out, and I got a 167. I was PT'ing anywhere generally from 170-174, with a couple outliers on each end (165,167,177,177). I didn't take too many full practice tests, and certainly I know doing that can help me improve in a retake, but what else would you suggest? Mostly been following LSAT Trainer book and official prep tests. I aim to retake in Feb, and my LSAC conv gpa (as of now) is a 3.99, looking at applying next year.

FWIW I went -3 LR, -6 RC, -1 LR, -6 LG this time around. Usually when I'm practicing i go -0-2 on LR, -2-3 on LG, and RC can vary greatly, from -3-7. Thoughts?


Hey, good on you for trying to improve even further. That's a very solid score.

Other than taking more practice tests, I'd spend plenty of time reviewing them. Do so carefully and methodically, going over each answer choice on all of the questions that you got wrong or found difficult. Be sure you can explain why each wrong answer choice doesn't work. This will improve your ability to recognize common wrong answer choices, and it will improve your attention to detail, because you'll get used to noticing the subtle modifiers and hints that make an answer incorrect.

Other than that, you're doing pretty well on LR, but your RC and LG skills can definitely improve. LG is a section that plenty of high scores regularly get -0 on, and that generally comes down to having put in plenty of practice. Keep note of every game where you missed one or more questions, and go back and do them again a few days or a week later. Those same deductions and types of questions will show up again and again.

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Re: Improving a 167 - how?

Postby SunDevil14 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:51 am

Blueprint Mithun wrote:
mkpres123 wrote:September LSAT score came out, and I got a 167. I was PT'ing anywhere generally from 170-174, with a couple outliers on each end (165,167,177,177). I didn't take too many full practice tests, and certainly I know doing that can help me improve in a retake, but what else would you suggest? Mostly been following LSAT Trainer book and official prep tests. I aim to retake in Feb, and my LSAC conv gpa (as of now) is a 3.99, looking at applying next year.

FWIW I went -3 LR, -6 RC, -1 LR, -6 LG this time around. Usually when I'm practicing i go -0-2 on LR, -2-3 on LG, and RC can vary greatly, from -3-7. Thoughts?


Hey, good on you for trying to improve even further. That's a very solid score.

Other than taking more practice tests, I'd spend plenty of time reviewing them. Do so carefully and methodically, going over each answer choice on all of the questions that you got wrong or found difficult. Be sure you can explain why each wrong answer choice doesn't work. This will improve your ability to recognize common wrong answer choices, and it will improve your attention to detail, because you'll get used to noticing the subtle modifiers and hints that make an answer incorrect.

Other than that, you're doing pretty well on LR, but your RC and LG skills can definitely improve. LG is a section that plenty of high scores regularly get -0 on, and that generally comes down to having put in plenty of practice. Keep note of every game where you missed one or more questions, and go back and do them again a few days or a week later. Those same deductions and types of questions will show up again and again.


^ I second this. Also make sure you a practicing taking 5 section tests. Your LR scores are pretty good. As mentioned above -0 is very possible and attainable on the LG, especially giving your scores already. Make sure you heavily review each game and put in plenty of practice. 7sage.com offers helpful video explanations. As for RC I have similar struggles with consistency, ideally developing a mechanical approach to RC akin to LG is often recommended to improve consistency.

For what it's worth, I am currently scoring in your average range described above. LR: -2 to -4, LG: -0, RC: wide distribution -1 to -8



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