When to start PTs

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Chaimthegreat
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When to start PTs

Postby Chaimthegreat » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:07 am

Hello all,

I have just recently started my lsat preparation for the June test. I just took my first diagnostic (161). I am now tackling the power scores bibles and will then move to 7sage and/or the powerscore class. My question is: how long before I should start consistently pting? I have 7 months to prepare and don't want to burn through PT material. Then again I'd like to be hitting 172-174 by June (this is my fantasy, not suggesting that I will in fact get that score). I understand a 12 point bump from my diagnostic will require detailed work and practice. So in summation:

When should I start consistently pting?
And, to humor me, what does a 161 diagnostic mean going forward? Absolutely nothing?

Any other advice would be very much appreciated! Thank you!

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Re: When to start PTs

Postby AJordan » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:28 am

The 161 means that the knowledge you have acquired to this point allows you to score pretty well already. It’s appropriate to start testing once you’re introduced to all the LR question types, the three basic LG forms (linear/group/in out) and you feel reasonably comfortable. From there, one/two PT a week was enough for me with just five months and I started lower than you did.

Just make sure you’re not blasting through Review. You can get a 161 without answering any truly difficult questions. You may have to rebuild some fundamentals to get harder answers correct. Don’t waste your material “pulling the slot machine” instead of actually getting something substantial from your review. 167-168 is, where I think, the last plateau really lies so I’d wager money on you at like -200 to get there. Beyond 170 there’s just a certain amount of variance but I still think you’re even money to hit 170.

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Re: When to start PTs

Postby Chaimthegreat » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:20 pm

Thank you much appreciated!

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Re: When to start PTs

Postby Platopus » Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:09 pm

With 7 months to prepare you are in a good spot. I would suggest really taking your time with the Powerscore Bibles to make sure you have at least a solid idea of what the questions are asking and how to approach them. From there I would start doing some drills with the older tests. Start with 1-20 and maybe work up to 20-40. After drilling really go through each question and make sure you go back and reference the appropriate section in a book/7 sage videos if you are struggling. After about 1-1 &1/2 months of drilling it's probably time to start taking PT's. Start with once a week and move up to 2 a week closer to the test. Continue to drill and review. The most important thing is going to be reviewing tests thoroughly, and with 7 months until June you have no excuse not to give review the attention it deserves. 161 is a solid diagnostic, so I have no doubt you'll be able to hit your target.

TL;DR I wouldn't start PTing until you are through the books and have about a month or two of drills under your belt, so probably end of January - Mid February




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