I finally finished my first preptest last week and I was fairly pleased with the result.
I didn’t sit down and do it all at once or even do it all in one day. I did a section a day, taking as long as I needed for each section. I don’t remember where I saw that approach promoted as a good way to do a first, diagnostic stab at the LSAT, but it seemed to work for me.
My entire “prep” (if it could be called that) for this run-through was reading LSAT for Dummies, which didn’t really give me much of anything about methods or techniques for doing the problems as much as it gave me information about the test itself. It was a worthwhile read for some background and light pointers, but definitely not what anyone should mistake for a study aid or tutorial of any sort.
For that, I ordered The Logic Games Bible last night, as I plan to follow the LawSchooli.com approach to a good score. I chose them mostly because they show up a lot in light googling on how to improve scores, they were responsive when I commented on a blog post of theirs with a question, and, honestly, there comes a time to stop waffling around (which is what “research” becomes when it drags on too long out of indecision and an overwhelming volume of information available) and just choose something.
156. With no studying, I ended up with a 156, which, combined with my mediocre undergrad GPA (3.3) and the fact that I aced a master’s and have what could be called or framed as an “interesting” background (I used the time between undergrad and law school, which for many applicants is a mere three months, well), I could get into the bottom 100 so schools and some of the top 100, but not really get any scholarships. And not get into the very top schools I need to pursue the goals I have now. Too mediocre.
But the 156 is where I am starting, not where I’m finishing. I think with about ten months of studying, I can get my score up at least five points, probably more. The logical reasoning was pretty easy, I scored well on them, and I’m not too worried about them. The reading comprehension I didn’t do as well as I could, but I write that off to the fact that while I do read a lot, I don’t read in that way or for that purpose anymore and haven’t for years. It will take practice to get back into that frame of mind, but I think I can do it. Analytical reasoning, those so-called “logica games,” were a complete disaster. I got less than 50% correct on most of the set-ups and could barely guess on many of the questions. There were several where I couldn’t make a reasonable guess at the question, so I just picked a random answer. Even those were wrong. So that’s going to take a lot of work and studying, which is why I bought that book first.
I think I can. Wish me luck!