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I took the LSAT last Sept and got a 148 after taking it a few years ago with a score of 144. I scored consistently about 155, a few times 159 160. I don't understand how someone can score 10, 12 points below a consistent score in practice provided that they are timing themselves and using recent tests. I see this is not an uncommon phenomenon... Can ANYONE tell me why this happens? It can't be stress more than one time? Please let me know, if you can't get your actual test performance to match your dramatically different practice tests, why you think this happened and how you overcame it if you did. I know with my grades I have to try to improve my LSAT as much as possible. It seems absurd that I can't change it.

Thanks very much.

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  • Saturday, February 11 2006 at 10:29 AM

I unfortunately can't help you with that but it's probably because you 'subconsciously' put more pressure on yourself to get that same score when you go in. Not sure how you are during the test, but stay as relaxed as possible I know my mind wandered a few times and then I let myself get caught up on one of the questions, therefore screwing me up with what I considered my best section. With all the concentration, I thought I had, I probably wasn't. So, just try to be more aware of yourself/actions during the test and adjust accordingly. you're probably like, 'yeah whatever', LOL, but I can only tell you what I think happened to me. So, hope that helps.

- BrooklynPeach
  • LSAT
  • Friday, February 24 2006 at 05:08 AM

To answer your question, please realize that I have pretty much been out of school since '98 and I first took the LSAT over 10 years ago. To answer your questions about the multiple scores, the simple answer is that I work a lot (I was in trial both times I took the LSAT) hence the 150 score. I retook the test and screwed up in the Games section by transfering my answers onto the sheet wrong (very stupid, ametuer mistake) and got a 153. My practice test scores were in the mid 160s so I was very disappointed. The 157 is a very old score (over 5 years) that is no longer really accepted, but I wrote in my addendum that the 157 is a better guage of my academic abilities since I received that score while I was in college and not working crazy hours. Also, I wrote about the fact that I have ADD, work about 65-100+ hours a week and I commute over an hour and a half each way to and from work at the largest law firm in the world. Have you purchased the Games bilble by Powerscore? It is not a good book if you are just beginning to study, but it is a great book to refine whatever techniques you already have. Additionally, what I found to work best was to memorize the 10 differt flaw types (look in a pronceton review book) I made flashcards so identifying the flaws and questions types became second nature. After you have all of that memorized, the answer pretty much jumps out at you. The more recent LSATs tend to have more combination type questions so they are harder, but not impossible. Time management was the best way to improve my score - if you are trying to hit all 4 reading comp passages or all four games you need to make sure that you move on at these time markers: Remember: 35 minutes per section/ 4 games or reading passages /double page spread per section breaks down to these time markers: If you attempt all 4: 27 mins (move on to the 2nd game/passage/2pg spread) 19 mins (move on to the 3rd game/passage/2pg spread) 11mins (move on to the last game/passage/2pg spread) 3 mins "extra" (check your answer sheet) If you drop me an email I can give you more strategies (I think my email is viewable?) When you look at just my numbers, it seems impossible that I will get into law school, but when you read my essays and recs - I actually have a really good shot at acceptance at all of teh schools I applied to. (My numbers would just be considered a special case and not submitted to the ABA for their number crunching since I am such and extreme 'outlier' in the scheme of their numbers)

- rabbit5150
  • lsat
  • Monday, March 13 2006 at 10:34 AM

I took a Kaplan class for the June test studied hard was scoring ~ 150. The 5 point differnce not surprising. For my next attempt, Dec, I studied everyday for 3 mos for 4 hours, had an excellant tutor and felt I finally understood the test. I also worked with a psycologist twice for performance anxiety. I felt so ready... Then another 145! I think it must have been nerves. If I take it again I am going to use poerscore books, and be a little better rested. People on this site say they are excellant books! e-mail me if you have other questions. hope that helped

- blane
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  • Tuesday, May 09 2006 at 05:01 PM

If you're still checking this page, I have a strategy that has very little to do with the actual test but helped me a lot. Email me. Lindsay

- lindsay43

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