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  1. This topic has gotten pretty serious. In case anyone cares, same thing works for tinder, modern day Importance of Being Earnest.
  2. High lsat & low gpa or vice versa.
  3. For those who believe in the value of demonstrating skill set in a difficult timed setting, an interesting thought from the thinking lsat podcast (basically): "my skills shouldn't be judged on the basis of how well I can run a 100m dash untimed"
  4. It takes everyone a different length of time, I would probably fall into the unusually long time spent studying category, so don't worry too much about that. Also try to avoid comparisons when studying for this test, just think about what you need to do to get your desired score. I personally don't care how long its taken me to get in this range because at least I have, and I don't plan on stopping until I'm above my desired range. Might be helpful to have a study partner whose in the same range as yourself. Do a timed section of LR, and when you both have conflicting answers to a question, be prepared to justify why your answer is better than your friend's.
  5. It depends on you, I've been at this since late August 2016, and just now started hitting the 160 range. It's not really the amount of practice tests you do that matters, but how thoroughly you review them. What I recommend is after you complete a test or timed section, put a star next to each question you got wrong (without knowing the correct answer!) and try to solve the question. The 7sage grader is good for this because when you get a question wrong, the answer you selected is red, so you can star the question without looking at the correct answer. What I mean by solving the question is to do the following for both LR and RC: get a note book, summarize the stimulus in to as little words as possible, making sure to keep the logical relationships intact, and predict the answer in writing. If you look at the answer choices and don't see anything matching, it means you either used faulty reasoning to arrive at your answer, or the test writers used a different approach to get to the correct answer. This happens often in a sufficient assumption or strengthen questions where the correct answer is a defender (e.g. everything in the world sucks/doesn't work except the thing argued for in the stimulus). You need to be 100% certain in this review process, once you're done writing down your answer, you can check the answer and then write down in words why each wrong answer is wrong. There are very specific reasons why these answers are wrong, and if you find yourself saying "unsupported" or "out of scope" to every wrong answer you come across without any legitimate evidence, you're not really understanding why the choices are wrong. Same process goes with RC. For LG, rinse and repeat, the repetition value of games is immense. In fact I think it's probably the back bone of the entire test, what I recommend doing is to repeat difficult games so much that you're matching or beating the 7sage recommended times (7sage has a recommended time for every LG). Once you start getting comfortable with them, you'll find yourself completing the section on time missing very little, if any questions. The reason why I think it's the backbone for the entire test is because once you start missing very little on that section, you have more room to breath on the other sections. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean just because you're good at games you can be cocky for the rest of the sections, it just means that if you didn't feel confident about a couple LRs or an RC passage, there's still a good chance you hit the 160s. That being said, never be satisfied, and always try to improve..always. Sorry for the long winded reply, but as a fellow test taker, it helps to explain my thought processes to others (and potentially get some feed back). Good luck!
  6. Are you referring to this when you say it's statistically unlikely to improve: http://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/data-(lsac-resources)-docs/repeaterdata.pdf ? Keep in mind those numbers are total test takers, we have no idea whether they studied for their first take, or for that matter, their second or third. There could be a significant portion of the population who, unsatisfied with their 145 retook the exam without significant studying (yet again) and got a 150, paying sticker price for a lower tiered Americans school. Also, this document from LSAC, shows the amount of people with ADHD who are approved for accommodations (don't mean to sound controversial, but it's DAMN easy to get diagnosed). http://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/research-(lsac-resources)/tr-12-01.pdf. Approval rate is pretty close to 50% for all disability classifications. I agree though, it's still too early to determine how much high scores will decrease in value. But I stand by my belief, from my own practice, that anyone can score in the upper percentiles given unlimited time.
  7. Ok, but you didn't address the accommodation aspect of my argument. With more lenient policies, people who didn't get a 170+ score on their first untimed administration (which is pretty much the same as the time and a half/double time accommodations that are given to many test takers), they now have an unlimited opportunity to do so.
  8. When did they ban PDF pts? I thought that every time there's a disclosed test they release the test for sale and licensing to companies? I don't think having unlimited attempts is a bad thing, however, that combined with lenient accommodation policies may skew the scale. The fact that someone can get 2x time 4 times a year seems like it could create more elite scores, which would decrease the value/scarcity of an unusually good score.
  9. See this article regarding the reuse value of practice tests: https://blueprintlsat.com/lsatblog/lsat/re-taker-question-can-i-reuse-lsat-practice-tests/ unless your scoring 178s on your retake of a practice test, there's still a lot to be learned from each test.
  10. LSAC just announced today that the 3 lsat attempts in 2 years has been changed to unlimited attempts. Does anyone think that this change along with more lenient accommodation policies (e.g. 1.5, 2x time per section) will make high scores a dime a dozen, affecting the chances of splitters being admitted? Sorry for the off topic comment, but it could be an important consideration for future splitter applicants.
  11. I agree that powerscore's logic game method is a bit redundant however their bi-conditional "not law" method is pretty intuitive: <----|----> just means that the 2 variables can't be together in an in/out or grouping game. Pretty useful for linking up long chains and making inferences.
  12. Not bitter or anything, my stats are low, but why the paper reference requirement/confirmation letters/decision letters? I mean I get it, paper work is a huge component of the legal profession, but waste reduction people! 5-7 trips through the recycling process is pretty good mind you, but why not try to eliminate how much stuff gets recycled to begin with? I think working on LEED has given me a bias towards believing that all businesses and their buildings need to satisfy MRp1.1 credit requirements in order to be sustainable in the long run. Just an interesting example of how jobs can turn one into a zealot.
  13. Did you ever consider working for Environment Canada as a lawyer? It doesn't seem that unrealistic of a path to pursue. I also know a few people who now work in law firms specializing in Aboriginal law upon graduating, and they often deal with environmental matters. I agree that the path a law graduate pursues really depends on how passionate they are to work in a certain field and how privileged they are to begin with. That being said, depending on the area of law, people can often be unduly pessimistic especially when they haven't explored all their options.
  14. Honestly, who cares how long it takes for someone to get into law school? If you need to wait a couple years after undergrad to not graduate with the equivalent of a mortgage chained to your ankle like a boulder, so be it. Especially when that boulder doesn't have a recognizable name brand that will help alleviate some of the pain. From what I've seen in this forum, plenty of people get into law school in their late 20s/early 30s, with not so stellar GPAs but decent LSATs, and even better real life experience. People shouldn't give up hope on somewhere more affordable, unless they have the luxury of having their tuitions payed for, even then I would feel pretty bad placing that burden on someone.
  15. This process is like the academic equivalent of going bald, just one hair at a time. I'd rather go full on doctor phill (dinged across the board) within a close time frame so I can recover from being a disappointment to myself and my family once instead of 5 times. I guess both law school admissions and male pattern baldness are designed to keep academically or genetically inferior individuals holding on to whatever hope (or hair) they have left. But hey bald is beautiful right? Right?! Someone please tell me I'm beautiful... P.s. Comedic relief from a self deprecating applicant