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  1. JJBittenbinder

    Chances LSAT 160 and, cGPA 3.65

    I know, I'm just stating that based on where I stand and the stats I've gotten from people who've attended or are attending Windsor, mine are comparable to theirs. So I feel like there's a high likelihood for me to get in based on all the variables. Obviously things can change, but I'm merely speaking based on what I know (which isn't that much if I'm being honest).
  2. JJBittenbinder

    Chances LSAT 160 and, cGPA 3.65

    I tried my best, but waltzed out of November with a 158, which is at least a higher score than the previous one I had. What do you guys think? CGPA 3.65, B3 = 3.70, L2=3.66 with a LSAT of 158. Hopefully I don't only get into Windsor (nothing against the school, it just doesn't tick all of the boxes when it comes to what kind of law school I want to attend).
  3. JJBittenbinder

    RC - Help

    I have the exact same problem. My RC is usually around 50-70% right. What I usually do is (and I learned this from someone I went to LSAT classes with), do the first passage because it usually is a little easier in terms of questions and content, and it provides a good warm up. When you're looking at the remaining three passages, do the one that has the most questions, this way, when you're spending time actively reading the passage, you're getting your time's worth when it comes to the questions. Make sure to understand 1) what is being discussed, 2) the structure of the passage itself, 3) how different words are being used (for example, in science/social science passages, you might see definitions) and 4) who is speaking and their relationship to the subject matter (are they apprehensive or disapproving? Are they conversing with another person in the passage (like another philosopher or scientist) or are they being objective?) Alternatively, if this doesn't work for you, try to limit yourself to only three passages, and leave out the one with the least number of questions. I've done both of these and I found that it really depends on my mindset going in. Powering through all the four sets is only a good idea if you know you have a tendency to be efficient and accurate. Otherwise, focus more on accuracy and less on speed. At the end of the day, RC makes up 27/100 questions. As long as your accuracy in LR and LG is around 80% (or less than 5 wrong), you should be okay.
  4. JJBittenbinder

    LSAT prep classes in Toronto

    I'm in the same boat. I'm in my fourth year, work three jobs, and am an executive member of atleast 5 different organizations at my university. Not only that, but I'm a double-major as well, with both of my majors being Social Science and Literature (which means a ton of reading). It's going to be an intense few months, but (some may disagree with me on this next point) you have to think about just how intense law school is going to be. It costs more, there's a lot more at stake, and simply being at the top of the class without any other ECs or work experience/internships will be a slight hinderance at best.
  5. JJBittenbinder

    LSAT prep classes in Toronto

    Well, when I took my first diagnostic back in December (before I'd begun to study or anything) I got the same as you, a 138-140. Once I started studying in March, my mark went up to 145-150 and it hovered there till about May, when I started getting in the low 150s. However, my scores were varying a lot (~8 points) and there wasn't a sense of continuity. I'd registered for the June 2018 test, but when June approached, I honestly couldn't see myself doing very well, so I pushed to September 2018. I decided at the last minute possible to take the July/August classes, and luckily they worked. My Logic Games were already pretty good going into the course, I was just having some trouble with Conditional Chain Games. My LR and RC were absolute garbage, mainly because I didn't understand the "logic" that underpinned many of the question-types. I saw every question as a whole new set of rules, when in actuality, there are definite types of questions, where all you really need to know is the formula and what answer you're looking for. When I got to HR, my preptests were in the low 150s (150-153), and I'd occasionally drop into the high 140s. I saw an improvement after the first three weeks, which were mostly geared towards the fundamentals and the more common question types. By my third preptest I was scoring in the high 150s (156-159) and on my final two preptests I was in the low to mid 160s (162 and 165). However, I got incredibly nervous and was second-guessing my answer choices and my games setup on the actual test, which resulted in a score of 155 (my nerves were ramping up with the tedious forms and information they make you fill out and listen to before you actually write the test - its straight up 30 mins of fear and panic building up inside of you, which is great). But (and Yoni said this to my face), after taking the time to review my test, I understand where I went wrong, and all I really have to do is trust myself when I've picked an answer choice. I did a preptest a few days ago and got a 165 again. Overall, despite my initial reluctance to take classes, they really did help me and I'm grateful that I had the finances to take these classes. Honestly, the way I see it, law school is an investment, and the $1200 you drop for these classes is merely a drop in the ocean of future fees you're going to incur. PS: I do love Khan Academy, and that was one of the tools I was using prior to taking classes. I found now that it really isn't the same, because all I was doing was memorizing the answers, and not understanding why they were right and why the others were wrong. Honestly, I'd stay away from them until you've started to do some classes, and can apply the basic logic you've been taught to those questions. Furthermore, I'd advise doing preptests on actual paper (yes, I know the LSAT is going to be online in 2019), but I HAVE to say that having a physical copy allows you to make notes in the margins and on the pages (for the games), which is especially helpful for the Reading Comprehension section.
  6. JJBittenbinder

    LSAT prep classes in Toronto

    I think it's totally up to you. What's you usually score like and what sections do you need help in? Are you someone who prefers a little more direction, guidance and needs to physically be there in order to retain, understand and apply what is being taught? Or are you able to do so with minimal guidance, and only seeking help out with the more difficult aspects? You said yourself that you're self-studying and its wise of you to be concerning yourself with the format and elements of the text so far ahead (which is something I ought to have done), as I only took the classes right before the test. If you sign up now for the November to January classes I think it'd be beneficial to you, as it gives you enough time to employ what you learn and seek clarification on aspects you're still unsure about. That's what I am currently doing, and I'm finding that I regret waiting the last moment to take these prep classes. If I'd taken them in March when I was first beginning to study, I would have had enough time to understand everything and not screw myself over by crunching everything into a short span of time. Yoni honestly won't hold it against you if you sign up but take the classes according to your own schedule, but you'd want to make that clear upfront and make sure that you're aware of which classes you're attending and bring the right supplies to them.
  7. JJBittenbinder

    LSAT prep classes in Toronto

    Yeah, I had this issue as well, when I got my LSAT mark back. I emailed and phoned multiple times, throughout the days and didn't get a response for three weeks. I literally had to go in today to speak to Yoni (a convo that lasted 5 mins and could have been done through email or the phone) and ask if I could retake certain classes based on where I was lacking on my actual LSAT. Luckily I go to York (the first time I will ever use "lucky" and "York" in a sentence) and it was only a 10 minute ride on the subway.
  8. JJBittenbinder

    LSAT prep classes in Toronto

    I went to HarvardReady. I was self-studying before so my logic games were already okay, but I sucked a RC and LR. I did a two-month course with several diagnostics and 100 hours of class. I found that they really helped me build up my skills from the basics to the more difficult questions and problems. They give you a lot of tools online (such as access to every test ever given) as well as several books filled with lessons (which you will complete in class) and homework that focus on what you were learning in class and building up your skills. The online modules were very useful as they allow you to go back and review concepts you're unsure about, and the teachers are very approachable and they know what they're talking about. One of them, Yoni, owns the company, and he literally is a godsend when it comes to LR. I had no clue what I was doing, but he really simplifies it, and LR ended up becoming my best section because of him, which is great because it makes up 50% of the test. They gave us five books, all around 250-300 pages, each broken into steps. The first one is the basics, the second is proficiency and the other two help build your skills in relation to more complex games, RC passages and the many different LR question types. The fifth book is just the LSAC preptest book with tests 62-71, as well as a diagnostic test book with five tests (preptests 72-76), and you use those on the Saturdays when you do a diagnostic test. Before taking these classes I was routinely scoring in the mid-150s, and i managed to break into the 160s with their help. Unfortunately I was nervous the day of my LSAT and got a 155, so I'm rewriting it, but I feel confident and I'm reusing a lot of the material they gave me during my classes to help me keep in practice. They are located in a residential building across from Shepperd West station, and you can park inside the building in the vistor's parking if you drive.
  9. Hey guys, I have a question about how difficult it is to switch out of law schools after your first year if you’ve attended Windsor. Do schools still look at your LSAT, or do they focus on your transcript for that first year?
  10. JJBittenbinder

    Chances LSAT 160 and, cGPA 3.65

    I'm aiming for at least a 160, maybe higher if I can do it. I'm looking at things from the raw score perspective. I got 66/101 right for this test, and I think that as long as I get +80 questions right on the next one, I should definitely pass the 160 mark. My Analytical and Logical Reasoning were my highest sections, so I really need to hone my Reading Comp skills, which is ironic seeing as I am an English major. Fingers crossed that this all works out!
  11. JJBittenbinder

    Chances LSAT 160 and, cGPA 3.65

    Did you rewrite or submit your application with a 154?
  12. JJBittenbinder

    Chances LSAT 160 and, cGPA 3.65

    Hey Guys! I got my results back for the September LSAT and I achieved a remarkable 155. Naturally, I have decided to rewrite in November ( I know I can do better than this, and i think I could break the 160 barrier). But even with a 155 alone, I know I stand a chance at Windsor and Ottawa, but do any of you know of law schools that may let me in with a 155?
  13. Hi guys, I needed a little clarification on this point. LSAC offers this thing called the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Is that something Canadian students need to use when applying to law school, or is OLSAS all we use?
  14. JJBittenbinder

    Law Schools accepting a 159

    Which schools if you don’t mind my asking?
  15. Try HarvardReady. They’re located in Toronto. I’ve heard really good things about them from other people who’ve taken the course. You could try Khan Academy as well
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