HELP: How to get from mid 160s to 170+

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HELP: How to get from mid 160s to 170+

Postby griffinz » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:36 am

I've been studying the LSAT off and on for over a year. On my first diagnostic, I got a 155. On my first real administered LSAT, I got a 161.

I've been studying again since late May to prepare for the upcoming September LSAT. My average score on timed PTs is 164 - (163 - low; 166 - high). Averaged, the breakdown looks something like this:

LR1 - (-4.75)
LR2 - (-4.25)
LG - (-6.25)
RC - (-3.75)

Logical Reasoning: I've been able to snag a point or two extra by using a strategy I read online a while back... I do the first 15, then skip to the end and do the last 3. After that, I skip around and do each question according to their perceived difficulty from a quick read. I usually don't miss any in the first 15. My errors come from the second half of the section, usually in the 16-22 range. I attribute that to 1) some are more difficult in that area and 2) I'm having to guess on a couple in that range due to my strategy. Ideally, I want to be able to finish the whole section without guessing but maintain accuracy. Any suggestions moving forward? I analyzed the questions I've missed in LR as a whole, and I found that I'm missing mostly (but not exclusively) inference and flaw questions. So, I've been drilling those lately.

Logic Games: This is mostly a speed issue. I try to tackle the easiest games first. Usually, I miss few if any on those, but end up having to guess on one game. That's where the bulk of my missed questions come from. I realize the answer to this problem is probably drilling like crazy, and I continue to do that - but any additional advice here is much appreciated.

Reading Comp: This has consistently been my best section since I started (thankfully). I incorporate it into my practice to stay on my toes, but I focus the least on this section.

I have a 3.75 GPA and want to get into somewhere in the UVA/UMi range, so a 169+ is imperative for me. As of this posting, there's about 1 month and 10 days left to study/practice for September. I want to use that time as efficiently as possible, so I appreciate any strategy/practice tips you guys have.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: HELP: How to get from mid 160s to 170+

Postby pointplace » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:12 pm

Credentials - LSAT Instructor, attending a t13 this fall
My advice would be to spend the next month drilling LG in all of your spare time. Get every LG problem and do them all. Review with 7sage's free youtube videos. LG is the easiest way to improve and you shouldn't sit for the LSAT until you can consistently go -0 on the section.

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Re: HELP: How to get from mid 160s to 170+

Postby Walliums » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:00 pm

griffinz wrote:LG - (-6.25)

Shoring up Logic Games is likely what will get you there. What prep materials have you used so far for this section?

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Re: HELP: How to get from mid 160s to 170+

Postby griffinz » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:53 am

Thanks for the advice. I believe you're both right.

I've gone through the LGB and watched tons of 7sage videos. I have the basics down. I just need to make inferences quicker to finish on time. I usually only miss the ones I have to guess on, with an exception here and there. When I BR, I go -0 - which is usually the case for the whole test.

Any particular advice outside of continually taking LG sections to improve speed?

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Re: HELP: How to get from mid 160s to 170+

Postby Experiment626 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:43 pm

on the LG side, basically drilling is how you get faster so that you can get the -0 that you're getting in BR. The more you do games, the more you'll get used to things, and then you'll be making inferences faster which is where the time saving comes.

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