30 day strategy before December test

Chilton Manhattan
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30 day strategy before December test

Postby Chilton Manhattan » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:36 pm

Hello, everyone. I have a question about the strategy I'll use to study for the last 4 weeks before the December test. I got a 153 on my diagnostic tests back in September, but due to unforeseen circumstances (think major hurricane) I wasn't able to start studying until the end of October.

I went through all the PowerScore Bibles in the last two weeks, and I know the next step is start taking tests. I plan on taking a test every evening for the next 30 days (I work full time), but I have a few questions I hope you'll be able to answer:
1. I understand this tactic may lead feeling burned out. Is it work the risk, if it allows me get used to the test and it increases my stamina?
2. I have not taken another timed test since my diagnostic, but I measured the time it took me to complete the games in the LGB, and every game takes me around 11-15 minutes to complete. Should I instead focus only on doing games? If you think so, how long should I stick to that strategy?
3. What tests should I prioritize taking? The last 30? I registered for the February test in case things don't go as planned (I need to apply this cycle), and I don't want to misuse any materials in case I need them for Feb. (but I also wouldn't want to leave any necessary prepping tool on the table unused if it could lead me to the results I want in December!)

I am not a strong test taker (as is normally the case with URMs) but I normally go -0 on untimed LG and close to that in LR and RC (so I know I understand the basics) and I have a good enough GPA (LSAC: 3.76, UG: 3.9) and resume that I would hate to waste, so I'm trying my best to get the highest score possible. All recommendations are welcome!!!

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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby Platopus » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:53 pm

Honestly, you shouldn't be taking in December. Don't rush your LSAT studying. If you diagnostic was in the lower 150's you can definitely crack 170, but it's going to take more than 6 weeks; it's going to be more like 6 months. I know there seems like a rush to jump on the bandwagon and just cram your studying so you can apply this cycle, but it's really not going to do you any favors to take in December and score in the low 160's.

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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby AJordan » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:31 am

Platopus wrote:Honestly, you shouldn't be taking in December. Don't rush your LSAT studying. If you diagnostic was in the lower 150's you can definitely crack 170, but it's going to take more than 6 weeks; it's going to be more like 6 months. I know there seems like a rush to jump on the bandwagon and just cram your studying so you can apply this cycle, but it's really not going to do you any favors to take in December and score in the low 160's.


Seconded. All you’re gonna do is burn up valuable material while not really learning much. And after three days you’re going to feel like shit besides. Take it in February or June and apply next cycle.

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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby kiklavan » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:56 pm

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Chilton Manhattan
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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby Chilton Manhattan » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:06 pm

Thanks for all your input. I have until tomorrow to postpone the test, so I'm considering my options. Would it be realistic to apply this cycle if I took the February test?

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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby King of the North » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:28 pm

Chilton Manhattan wrote:Thanks for all your input. I have until tomorrow to postpone the test, so I'm considering my options. Would it be realistic to apply this cycle if I took the February test?


I'm in the same boat and wondering this as well. Most likely going to reschedule my Dec. test and take it for the first time in Feb. Would still like to apply this cycle depending on my score.

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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby Experiment626 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:32 pm

Chilton Manhattan wrote:Thanks for all your input. I have until tomorrow to postpone the test, so I'm considering my options. Would it be realistic to apply this cycle if I took the February test?


Honestly, I would recommend you delay a cycle if you're going to test first in Feb. Your score won't be ready until March and by then there will be a lot less slots left at top schools which will impact admissions and even scholarship. When you apply in the cycle is just as important.

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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby kiklavan » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:26 pm

King of the North wrote:
Chilton Manhattan wrote:Thanks for all your input. I have until tomorrow to postpone the test, so I'm considering my options. Would it be realistic to apply this cycle if I took the February test?


I'm in the same boat and wondering this as well. Most likely going to reschedule my Dec. test and take it for the first time in Feb. Would still like to apply this cycle depending on my score.


It depends if you're aiming for T14. If you are, I would 100% not apply past January. If you're applying to lower tiered schools, my understanding is that you don't have to worry about much other than when their actual app deadlines are.

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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby King of the North » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:32 pm

kiklavan wrote:
King of the North wrote:
Chilton Manhattan wrote:Thanks for all your input. I have until tomorrow to postpone the test, so I'm considering my options. Would it be realistic to apply this cycle if I took the February test?


I'm in the same boat and wondering this as well. Most likely going to reschedule my Dec. test and take it for the first time in Feb. Would still like to apply this cycle depending on my score.


It depends if you're aiming for T14. If you are, I would 100% not apply past January. If you're applying to lower tiered schools, my understanding is that you don't have to worry about much other than when their actual app deadlines are.


I’m shooting for the Vandy/Emory range.

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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby Chilton Manhattan » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:49 am

Thanks again for all your thoughts. I decided to postpone my test until Feb, and completed the change early this morning.

I guess now it's a good time to ask: should I start reviewing LGs only or doing PTs straightaway?

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Re: 30 day strategy before December test

Postby stimulus » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:52 pm

Chilton Manhattan wrote:Thanks again for all your thoughts. I decided to postpone my test until Feb, and completed the change early this morning.

I guess now it's a good time to ask: should I start reviewing LGs only or doing PTs straightaway?

You're in pretty good shape for February if you're going -0 untimed (and after only two weeks of prep!). But it'll be hard for you to know where your weaknesses are until you've done another full timed PT (or two). So I'd do that next. Since you seem to have the basics down, your top priority right now should be to identify your weak areas under time pressure so you know what to target with drilling.




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