badfish wrote:chicagolaw2013 wrote:OP, try taking a different test for another diagnostic, preferably one from LSAC themselves.
I know KaplanLSATInstructor will try to convince you otherwise (cue the violin, I'm sure he/she is on the way onto this thread), but the Kaplan diagnostics are not indicative of your real starting score. I took a Kaplan diagnostic and scored a 142. I thought that it couldn't possibly be right...I scored a 1370 on my SAT with no prep, I'd been prepping for the GMAT (still contemplating a JD/MBA) and my diagnostic there was a 650. I mean, I know it's not the same test, but I know that standardized tests in general are usually my thing. So I decided to take another diagnostic (no studying in between), the 2007 June LSAT that is free on the LSAC site. 155, dude. 142 to 155 with no studying in between, taken about a week apart from one another? I think something's up with the Kaplan materials...
P.S. My PTs from that point forward were in the 160's, so I'm thinking that 155 was the right diagnostic.
Kaplan diagnostic materials are actual, administered LSATs. Maybe you felt more comfortable taking it the second time? It definitely didn't have anything to do with the Kaplan materials being different than other prep tests.
They have just implemented that "rule" that everything they'll offer are real LSATs. KaplanLSATInstructor actually confirmed that the one they offer with some of their books (not all, I'm not going to say all) is NOT an actual LSAT, they are LSAT-"inspired" (or whatever you want to call them) questions.
I don't know, my score on that Kaplan diagnostic was way off, and I went into taking it confident as hell (read above about my past experience with standardized tests). I threw out all of my Kaplan books, and bought PS books. I dunno, PS seemed way more logical to me, and they have actual test questions (they even list out which test each question was on, so you can check if you really really wanted to). Just letting the OP know that Kaplan just seems off to me...I personally think their diagnostic is supposed to set you up thinking you NEED their classroom course, HUGE marketing ploy...anyone agree with me here, or am I way off?