How to brake up final practice exams

    • May 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm #1923

      I am taking the LSAT on the 6th and have the remaining practice tests available: 74, 75, 76, 77 and 44, 45, 46, 47. I have enough time to take them ALL, however, I was wondering the order in which I should take the remaining exams as I am unaware about how different the exams are in relations to the one on the 6th. Further, another concern that I have is wasting all of these remaining exams and being left with nothing but the VERY early (1-30) to practice with in the event that I do not get my desired score on the first exam. Any input on this matter would be greatly appreciated!

    • May 27, 2016 at 6:03 pm #1925

      Hi Mturf,

      Good question, I have 4 old tests and 75, 76, 77. Waiting to see what Mike Kim suggests. How are you scoring on the PT’s you’re currently practicing with? I’m frustrated. Have a blessed night, Carmen

    • May 28, 2016 at 9:30 am #1928

      Funny you should ask that…. On the last three exams that I took, my average inexplicably dropped 8pts. Am hoping that they were just difficult exams and that I will be able to bounce back on the most recent ones.

    • May 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm #1929
      Mike Kim

      Oh gosh – that’s a tough call — I don’t think there is an absolute right or wrong way to go here — the different options you have have their own pluses and minuses —

      The tests in the 40’s are very similar to those in the 70’s — the test does not change much over time, and the underlying principles and issues that define right/wrong always stay consistent — that is, they don’t change what they are testing — having said that, the test does change a bit in certain other ways, in part simply because it is written by people, and these people change over time, and so the more recent tests will be slightly more representative of what you will see on test day than will the tests in the 40’s.  That’s why the most recent tests are so valuable, and that’s why, ideally, you want to take them as the pt’s closest to the day. But again, especially because you do also want to be preparing yourself to face the less-expected, I don’t think it’s much of a concern if you have to substitute some older pt’s for more recent ones.

      I think the determining point is how likely it is that you may retake — if there is a significant likelihood of that, what I would suggest is that you take three more practice exams — two in the 70’s and one in the 40’s (by the way, if you haven’t already, please take a look at the tips I posted for taking your final pt’s — I don’t suggest taking too many more than 3 more pt’s — but obviously different study methods work better for different students and I’m sure you know better than I how to put yourself in the best position possible —

      HTH — MK


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