Nervous about 6/6 exam, should I postpone?

    • May 16, 2016 at 6:08 pm #1844

      Hi Everybody, just wondering how everyone registered for June test feels as we have 3 more weeks to go? Tomorrow is last day you can postpone and while I don’t really want to do that, I’m not 100 percent sure I’m ready at this point. I’ve read all of Mike’s LSAT trainer and Logical Reasoning Bible. Have done drills and once they become familiar it is difficult to repeat them. Same with Prep Tests 62 through 71, I used them to prep for the February test so many times during retesting I know the right answer so my timing might look better than it really is. I DO notice that I get a lot of the same answers wrong, WHY? They are questions that require slower, careful reading and some are just not clear. I will make list and share on my next post. I have the Logic Games Bible, I plan to finish that along with rereading Mike’s game strategies so that might up my practice scores, (I’m still coming in at 159 or so, not good). If anyone has any suggestions for this rather slow-witted participant, I would appreciate it. Besides give up, of course. Just kidding.

    • May 17, 2016 at 12:29 pm #1847
      Mike Kim

      Hi Carmen —

      That’s a tough call(!) —

      Here are some thoughts —

      1) I think the simplest and easiest gauge to use is whether or not you feel you have a chance to get a score that you would be happy with. If you think there is a chance of that, go for it. If you don’t see a way that can happen, I’d lean toward postponing.

      2) In terms of being as prepared as you can be, try these simple tests —

      For LR, try to list, off the top of your head, as many of the different types of q’s you are likely to see as you can, and see if you have a clear sense of what strategies you ought to use for these q’s.

      For LG, try to list, again off the top of your head, all the major things that can happen in a game, and how you might diagram those things.

      For RC, just try to gauge for yourself whether you’ve habitualized a reading strategy that you are comfortable with and that you’ve become consistent with — that is, you know what you want to look for/think about as you read LSAT passages, and you’ve practiced doing this enough so that it has become fairly consistent and natural.

      All of the above gauge how well you’ve been able to internalize all that you’ve learned and how well you’ve been able to turn your practice into habits. If you have a lot of trouble with the above, it could be a sign that more practice can raise your score higher.

      Again, I realize that’s a tough decision on your end, but I hope those suggestions give you even more food for thought —


    • May 17, 2016 at 6:07 pm #1852

      Hi Mike! Thank you for your suggestions. I’m pretty clear on RC and on most LR strategies. But time suckers, (as you cleverly call them) are one of my downfalls. For example, PT 64, LR S.3, Q. 20..Principle/Justify Reasoning…that takes more than the 80 seconds using the conditional reasoning formula. And PT 64, LR S.1, Q.20, that one still baffles me! “Must be true” are usually clear to me but that videoking D answer just isn’t clear. Or maybe I’m getting tired?

      Again, I think I mentioned this before, I’ve already done PT 62-71 and I even remember certain answers which helps my time….but I often miss the same questions I did the first time around because A. I don’t read carefully or B. They are time-suckers so I rush.

      In LG, the easier linear games are clearer since I use strategies in your book. Now, time suckers like the stained glass window, the mannequins (in your book), PT 62, LG S.2, q. 18-23, the boxes with r,g,w, balls LOOKS easy but isn’t. These are the problems that will throw me. I’m still trying to sharpen LR skills, then I’ll see how far I get with LG. I really don’t want to postpone, just thought I’d see how other students out there are doing.

      After reading your book and supplementing with the Logical Reasoning Bible, I do feel I’ve gotten better, but does anyone really ever feel confident? Since I’m now coming in at 158, I believe I can get a 160, maybe even 165. As Paul said in one of his letters, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” Well, I have Jesus and Mike Kim. Can’t miss with a combination like that. OK, this is a long reply, sorry! Going back to PT, tick, tick, tick.

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