I diaged at 157 and was practicing in the mid to high 170s before bombing the real thing (163). Any advice?
To what do you attribute the drop in score?
Did you bomb on section in particular? Or was it an overall drop?
Were you taking your practice tests under strictly timed conditions?
PTs were probably about as realistic as can be. I even threw in experimentals.
I took June 09. My strongest sections in prep were LR and LG (LG was originally my weakness but on my last 6 or 7 [very recent, PTs 50+] PTs I was finishing early, usually -0 or -1). I was worried most about RC because I had demonstrated the ability to do very well on the section but still less consistently than the others. However, I knew going in that my test would go as LG goes because that' the least 'secure' section to me (the one with the biggest f*** up potential).
I had LR LG RC(ex) RC LR. I started out really well and felt very confident after my first section (perhaps a bit TOO comfortable) and got caught in the dinosaurs LG and basically had to guess on the entire game. I was aiming for 175+ of course (I decided a long time ago that I won't be going to law school unless I crack 170 - I want UMich or UChicago). It completely shell-shocked me but I kept mentally strong during the next section, momentarily convincing myself that it might've been the experimental (deep down, I think I knew it was the real thing). I was pretty sure I murdered the experimental RC.
You can imagine my chagrin when I flipped to the fourth section after the break and found not only that the LG was real but that the RC I had just killed was experimental. I fell apart at that point and basically had to force myself to finish the test. The result was a 13-point drop from my PT average - I've heard of people doing worse on the real thing but I've never heard of anyone bombing as bad as I did.
I'm registered for September. I'm not going to do that much studying (just PTs 40-47 and every LG section ever released) because I know I have the skill set... the LSAT is basically just a crap shoot for me now.