Brief LSAT studying check-in to interrupt from the discussions of bench pressing etc:
I've finished the first sections of the LSAT Trainer for LR and LG and decided to take a PT just to see what change had occurred and what I could use focus on. Here's what happened:
RC: -2 (-2 BR) 29:16
LR1: -7 (-7BR) 31:28
LR2: -2 (-3 BR) 31:03
LG: -1 (-0 BR) 32:50
I have a few thoughts on this:
[*]First, that RC continues to be a freakish strength for me. I've known this from my experience with other standardized tests though, so I'm happy that whatever reason makes me have a lucky aptitude for it holds.
[*]Second, those spreads on LR are not acceptable. Either my level is -7 and I got lucky on the second section, or -2 and I got unlucky on the first section, or -4.5ish and something happened. Need to analyze what went wrong for specific questions now, so we'll see.
[*]Third, my score on LG is absolutely where I want to hold it until September. I don't know if this was a fluke (easy games or something), but I know that on this one, the diagramming just sort of "clicked". For games 2 and 3, for instance, I spent maybe 3 minutes setting up my diagram, and I flew through the questions - the answers seemed to be right there. For game 4, it was a little harder, and game 1 was made difficult by my phobia of snakes and a question that talked about them at length. That's where my mistake happened, and I think it's because I forgot to answer question 2 and had a bubbling error.
I won't lie that I briefly flirted with registering for the June test on the basis of this, but I think that'd be stupid premature. One data point does not a consistent score make. Priorities will be to finish off the LSAT Trainer, with special focus on the Logical Reasoning sections, and then to grab myself a copy of the LR bible or something and get that to a consistent place. At some point, I'll also need to start drilling this test as an actual test. I had the benefit of total silence, a climate controlled room, and the ability to just hop up and go to the bathroom in between sections. I also only did 4 sections, and I should start dropping some 5 sections in there after going through the Trainer. Also should take them at 8 AM, and not after a lazy and relaxing Sunday spent sipping tea.
Regardless, I hope it's not too boastful if I say that this makes me feel super good about myself, and gives me confidence that I can achieve my goals (172+) for September. If you're reading, hi. I suppose my posts are turning more into a public diary to keep myself accountable, so there's that.
Quick edit with an ask for the group - is there a resource somewhere that ranks LSATs by difficulty? Don't want to get lulled into a false sense of security by taking easy PTs