How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

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How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby Theory1195 » Mon May 15, 2017 5:27 pm

Hey TLS-ers,

I am sure this thread exists, so I apologize in advance for being lazy. I'm sitting for the June LSAT, and my studying has been going exceptionally well (thanks to the fantastic advice I have received from this community....seriously, I am so thankful). I've been studying since January, and in order used: LSAT Trainer, LR Bible, and a Testmasters live course. In addition, I have used 7Sage for LG explanations. As of now, I have taken 12 PT's (with extensive, no-cutting-corners BR), and I am scoring where I want to be (168-169 averages, 166 & 171 were my outliers). I have learned that it is crucial to have some "padding" for test day (who the hell knows what could happen), so I would love to try to boost my score a little more.

I'm not feeling burn out or anything, and I am unsure how many PT's I should be doing per week from now until the few days before June 12th.

What do you all think? What worked for you?

I appreciate any/all advice! Thank you, TLS!!

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby #gobroncos » Mon May 15, 2017 5:43 pm

My guess is that I took about 24 PTs total, as either 4-, 5-, or 6-section timed tests. I think I took about one a week starting when I was maybe 11-12 weeks out from the test, upped it to 2 per week when I was 7-8 weeks out, and did 3 per week the last three weeks. That worked for me for a 174 (on a retake).

I think the test requires a lot of quality practice, but you seem to be putting that in. I think the types who say that you need to do six tests a week/every LSAT problem in existence are crazy.

Anyways, good luck!

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby zkyggi » Mon May 15, 2017 5:47 pm

Right around 35 since Feb.
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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby NotAGolfer » Mon May 15, 2017 5:52 pm

I'm pretty sure I did 35-40 timed PTs, both 4 section and 5 section. I think when I was about month out I was doing 3-4 full PTs a week. The two weeks before the test I was doing approximately one a day (with a break day).

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby maybeman » Mon May 15, 2017 6:37 pm

33. 12 were 6 section tests

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby dm1683 » Mon May 15, 2017 8:22 pm

I'm on pace for only 20-25 so you guys are freaking me out. :|

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby saf18hornet » Mon May 15, 2017 8:56 pm

I'll have gone through 55 by test day next month. 30 drilling, 25 as 4 section PTs

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby #gobroncos » Mon May 15, 2017 9:04 pm

The thing is, YOU only have to take the number of PTs that get you to your best score whether that's 5 or 50. I would be skeptical of anyone who expects to get there with 5 or even 10 PTs, but 20-25 PTs done in the right way is plenty for some (and I'd guess most) people.

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby hushpuppy » Tue May 16, 2017 2:57 pm

Great question!

How often should one take a PT?

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby hushpuppy » Tue May 16, 2017 2:58 pm

And where/how is the best place to acquire PTs? Sorry for my n00bish questions ... I know nothing! :oops:

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby dbalkaran » Tue May 16, 2017 3:10 pm

I did like 30 or so. But I did work through every logic game because I had access to the Kaplan Question Bank and that was my weakest area.

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby VeiledProtectorate » Tue May 16, 2017 3:28 pm

Approximately 45, and scored 178. If I had to do it again, I would probably cut it to around 35. I was doing 3-4 PTs a week for several weeks, which was the wrong approach. I made a substantial jump once I scaled back to 1-2 per week.

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby KMart » Tue May 16, 2017 3:29 pm

Probably 30-40.

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby Lahtso Nuggin » Tue May 16, 2017 3:48 pm

TLDR: focus on your missed questions and thoroughly understand every mistake. Especially if its a Q type that you routinely either take a ton of time with or miss often. The overall number of PTs you do isn't nearly as relevant to you learning the test.

I sense a premise here of 'if I take the right number, I will do well'. I don't think that's right. You absolutely have to take a decent number of tests to build stamina and increase your confidence to perform well on test day but much more important than how many tests you take is whether you figure out why you are missing questions and then develop a strategy to address those weaknesses. I would say that you should raise your bar a little bit and force yourself to truly understand those missed questions. Taking lots of tests works for some people but I do not think its sufficient, probably necessary but maybe not. LR and LG are very learnable for most folks if you spend enough time going over the missed questions. RC can be a little bit more hit and miss. Don't worry about taking a bunch of tests, focus on learning why you aren't getting right answers.

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Re: How many PT's did YOU take before test day?

Postby MercW07 » Wed May 17, 2017 1:07 pm

Im taking the December test and my current study schedule has me doing 45 PTs between August 1st and December 1st. Im currently working through the Bibles and a 7Sage course so I don't plan on attacking PTs till Im done going through the basics. With that being said, Ive seen other people on here say they've taken 80 PTs and even redid many of them once every PT was exhausted. Id say don't limit yourself just based on the responses you see here, but also be care to not burn yourself out.



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