[size=85]1) What score did you get?
Now - >175
2) What books did you use? I flipped through ARCO for LG, and used Kaplan course books for LR. I was woefully unprepared when I took the test the first time. Since then, I have been teaching the LSAT for over 6 years and routinely score in the high 170's. I think the Powerscore books are good, and of course I recommend that people use as many recent real LSATs as possible. They were easier in the 1990's.
3) What prep courses did you take (if any)? Full length, weekend?
None. But I did taugth a Kaplan course after
the LSAT. I think that a large group course is not a great idea unless it is cheap. The $1500 price tag is outrageous. I have since developed a course which is less than half of that price and which is a small group capped at 6 and with over 34 hours of class time.
4) How long did you study for, and under what conditions?
Studied on my own a few hours per week for a month.
5) How many preptests did you do?
About 7. 1-2 per week for the month before the test. I progressively improved.
6) What would you change if you were to do it again?
A) When I took the LSAT 6 years ago, I had no idea how important it was. It was a year later when I started to apply to law schools that I understood just how important this test is. In part, that is why I started to teach it. I thought it important that others be better informed about the test.
B) I'd have visited the test site, found out where parking was located and also have my IDs ready to go in the morning. I'd also have taken a more snacks with me just in case I was hungrier than expected.
Last note: I took the LSAT ~8 years after having graduated from college. I was an English major with a concentration in critical theory and immediately upon graduation I took a practice LSAT and scored a 172 without preparation. So, I'd say that high-level critical theory classes are good preparation for the LSAT.
But 8 years later, I started off in the low 160's. Maybe bc I was older my timing was slower, and also my analytical brain had been on hiatus for a while. It is really tough to get those gears working again and to keep yourself motivated.
My advice would be to take the LSAT when your skills are at their peak. Don't waste your time and money with a large group course. Do as much self study on your own first, and then ask an LSAT-ace buddy to help you for free. If you don't have one, enroll in private tutoring (4 hours may even be enough) or small group tutoring.
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