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  1. LegalArmada

    Applications while Waiting on LSAT

    For OLSAS, Dal and UNB, I just had to put my LSAC Number into the application. They'll do the search and get the result. Generally you'll have to indicate if you are going to write again, so that the schools know that they should check again for new scores. Some schools may also hold off on assessing your application if they know you have another score coming in.
  2. I literally just went to Wal-mart and bought a $10 watch. As long as it's just a normal, non-digital watch with no shenanigans, it'll be fine. Easy way to keep track of time is just to set your watch to 12:00 and start it at the beginning of section 1 (12:00-12:35 = section 1, etc.), then restart it to 12:00 at section 4.
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    Admission Advice Please on Application

    If you don't care about studying in Ontario, you should consider schools like UNB (University of New Brunswick) who drop your lowest 25% of grades. There are a couple others as well, like I believe uVic. If you're applying to maritime schools, just remember that you really need to apply early (way before their early admission deadline).
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    September or November LSAT?

    So, your cold diagnostic was a 144 before your course? Or are you saying your current score is a 144? If it's the latter, I'm not sure a crash course will be able to do much for you. Knowing your current score, plus what your score breakdown usually is would be very helpful (i.e. -4 average LR, -2 average LG, etc.) in providing any directed advice.
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    September 8 LSAT

    A lot of LG is about finding the methods that work for you. I tried PowerScore, and even Princeton Review, 7Sage, etc. Eventually I took the most useful methods for me out of each them, and spliced them to what worked best for me. By the end, I was easily getting -1/2 on every LG section I did. Regarding scoring lower on RC and LR, I found that I was burning out if I studied 'too much,' and that my score would decrease because of this. Perhaps something to consider in your situation? If you want, feel free to PM me.
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    Disappointed Cycle?

    Especially since they waitlisted around 300 people this time around.
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    September 8 LSAT

    Okay, so that mark isn't really going to effectively demonstrate a baseline score, but it doesn't matter. Diagnostics really aren't that important anyway. ---- For PTs, assuming you do blind review, you should, at this point, but moving on to full, realistically-timed tests. Say I was going to attempt PT 71. I would begin with section one, time out 35 minutes, and complete the section. Just as you would on the real test. Then immediately do section two and three, with a 10 minute break, followed by section 4 (or a 5th from an earlier test that you haven't done if you want to practice with experimentals). Then take a break, maybe an hour or so. During the test, you want to star questions you're not 100% confident in. Still answer them as you would, but note that you weren't 100% sure. Now, after the test, go back and review every single starred question. Don't look at the answer. Take as much time as you want to figure out the answer until you're 100% confident. Ask yourself WHY you chose that answer now, versus why you chose it during the test. Did you run out of time, did you get caught up in a trick answer choice, did you just misread the question, etc. Now score the whole thing. Then, go back and review it. Check everything you got wrong (especially ones you DIDN'T star), and figure out what happened. Compare the answer you gave on the attempt versus your blind review. I used to do something like this, which got me a 166. Adjust your schedule as per work/life impediments. And please, don't overexert yourself. Burnout is real on the LSAT, and it's probably what held me back from a higher score (was exhausted on test day). Monday: PT + a bit of review. Tuesday: Complete Monday's PT review, and do some other practice stuff. ' Wednesday PT (repeat Tuesday on Thursday instead) Friday: another PT Repeat Tuesday on Saturday/Sunday, feel free to take a day or two off as well. Feel free to PM if you want !
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    September 8 LSAT

    For most schools, you won't have to worry about a low first score. I think only UofA cares about previous LSAT attempts. For most others, your highest score is what matters. That being said, you should aim for the highest score you can get on your first try. What was your diagnostic score, if you did one? With a month away, what's got me worried is that you're only just now starting RC and LG, and you've been studying "moderately" for two months now. Are you getting near perfect on every LR section, or trying to get near perfect or something? You shouldn't worry about getting -0 on every section, but ensuring that you can get a good score that you're happy with, and will get you into law school. That means you can't focus 2 months on LR, and cram LG/RC into just over a month. Especially because LG is by far the easiest section to perfect, in my opinion. At this point, you should be doing 2-3 PTs per week, and reviewing/blind reviewing each of them. A low first test score won't matter, it's just that subsequent attempts cost both money and time. Some more details would work wonders in being able to provide more directed advice.
  9. Not sure if you saw, but someone posted their 1L schedule in the Facebook group!
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    TAKING THE LSAT SEPT 8, 2018

    2/4 of your posts are advertising this academy. Totally not suspicious at all. On the off-chance you're actually being serious and are not just shilling out for this LSAT prep company, it would help to know more about how far along you are in your studies, and what specifically you're struggling with. If you're 3 months into prep, telling you to write a cold diagnostic isn't particularly helpful.
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    Honest Opinions Needed

    By fairly late cycle, I mean about a month and a bit ago. So I wasn’t a first round draft pick. If you want interview advice, I’d be happy to PM you, but it’s fairly useless until you actually have an interview. It doesn’t really matter where you go to school, to some extent. You do typically want to go to school where you want to practice. Dont worry about reputation. You can’t go wrong with a Canadian law school. Personally, I would stay away from a foreign school, but that’s just me.
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    Honest Opinions Needed

    I would definitely say you should work as hard as you can to improve your GPA, if possible. However, a 3.13CGPA and a 3.25L2, while certainly not competitive, does not necessarily preclude you from any hope of getting into law school. With a 166 and a 3.09 (on 4.0 scale), I got into Dalhousie. Granted, it was fairly late cycle and after what I think was a very good interview. But there's definitely at least a chance. If you're open to other schools, here's my advice: What you're going to want to do is apply early in the cycle to schools like the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and uVictoria, and possibly Manitoba. You can also try Windsor, but they are a toss-up school, so you never really know with them. The schools I mentioned (not Dal) have extremely generous GPA calculations, and will drop a chunk of your lowest grades in their admissions consideration. You'll want to apply to UNB especially as soon as possible once applications open up. Timing really does matter for them, and their early admissions are no joke. Study hard, and try to get that 167+. It will make an enormous difference versus a 162.
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    Scotiabank Prime 3.7%?

    Seriously, you should really push for prime. Rates are going to go up (so my Scotia LOC advisor informed me) to potentially even 4.5-5.0 in the near future. The 0.5 really adds up fast.
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    Tips on improving on the LSAT in 10 days?

    You've taken 4-5 PTs in a week? You're probably burning yourself out. Doing that many practice tests isn't actually very helpful. You need to take careful time to read over and examine where you're going wrong. Also, you actually do need to take breaks. I tried pulling 5 Pts in a week, and found that, when I took a day off, my score actually improved. You should definitely take that day off. AsTrqTT said, RC is very hard to improve on, and it's unlikely you'll make any enormous strides in ten days. You're far better off trying to get to -0 in LG (very doable), and getting LR as high as possible. My quick tips for RC really just surround making sure you're actively reading the passages. If this were your first month of studying, I'd also suggest summarizing (one sentence) the key part of each paragraph. This should really just become natural after a bit. Tl;dr doing 5 PTs a week is not helpful. Reviewing is where you learn and improve.
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    Debate- Retake / Reapply

    You don't have to get entirely new LORs. You just have to get the people who wrote you them to resubmit. Obviously, improving LORs is nice, if possible. I rewrote my personal statement, but I built off my old one and improved it dramatically for my (finally) successful 2nd cycle. Don't worry about wasting them, that's silly. You should be putting everything you've got forward on your first try (note: this advice does not apply necessarily to LSAT attempts). Plan to get in on your first try. Write your best statement, and get your best LORs, and get the best LSAT score you can (you have three tries, like you said). If you have to apply again, make improvements where you can.
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