Algernon wrote:Hello everyone! Gonna join y'all on this lovely journey.
Lsat noob here. Decided to take the plunge and start studying for this thing.
If I am self studying, does it matter what test I use to get a diagnostic score? I don't want to waste one of the pretests that I bought for a diagnostic score, but I also want to know where I am struggling on the test.
I bought the PowerScore LG+LR books + 4 "10 actual lsat test" books.
The test you take for a diagnostic doesn't really matter, but I wouldn't do any of the really early tests (1-20) as the sections have changed, albeit marginally, nor would I take anything from 60-80, because you'll want to take those fresh leading up to the test. Something between 40-60 would be a good test for a diagnostic. Also, don't put too much stock in the questions/sections you get wrong on the diagnostic. I would suspect that LG will be your biggest weakness at first (as it is with most people), but eventually it will become your biggest asset (hopefully). Once you have a month or two of solid studying + drilling, then you'll really be able to identify weaknesses and start to hone your skills.
I would also see about getting your hands on the rest of the tests. It seems like overkill, but having more material to drill with is certainly valuable. The LG Bible is great material to get going on LG, so put effort into learning the basics, but don't be too dogmatic in your set-up, as some of the stuff in the LG bible is redundant/awkward. Definitely check out 7sage on youtube, its pure gold. I found the LR Bible helpful too, but it's a bit dry. I find the Manhattan LR is a great supplement to the LR Bible; between the two you should get a solid foundation.
Work on building a foundation in the first couple months and spend the months leading up to the test taking PT's and really honing your abilities. Glad we are on this journey together, let's crush this thing!