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  1. I think one of the things they look for is how to get your point across while also being somewhat concise. From what I've read on the forums here as I was slowly figuring out to write, it seems most people don't get anywhere near close to the Ottawa character limit.
  2. The most I could personally do and recommend is 2 tests a week. The tests themselves are good to work up the stamina and get used to the test, but the most important part about learning the LSAT is taking time to properly review and digest. My review for the test was almost always longer than the test itself. And then after the review of the actual test, I would take problem areas and specifically drill those things.
  3. I was trying to find a compendium for the different law schools just so I can start getting everything ready and written. Here's the info I've compiled thus far. Let me know if you there are any gaps. Western: https://law.uwo.ca/future_students/jd_admissions/entrance_scholarships.html You're automatically considered for entrance scholarships as part of the app process Osgoode: have to fill in a financial statement (link on OLSAS) by November 1 to be considered for entrance scholarships, not sure if there are non-financial based ones Ottawa: I think you have to actually apply before being allowed onto UOZONE, whereupon https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/students/financial-aid-bursaries/scholarships-bursaries is your best friend. Not sure if there are some you are automatically considered for Queens: https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/financial-aid/specific-student-groups/faculty-law There's a combination of those that don't require separate applications, and some that do (https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/award-list/awards-requiring-application/admission-awards) UofT: I believe it's mostly financial need based https://www.law.utoronto.ca/academic-programs/jd-program/financial-aid-and-fees and you can use the calculator to get an idea of how much you would get Windsor: There are automatic ones as well as ones that require an online application as found on this page https://www.uwindsor.ca/studentawards/ Dalhousie: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/law/programs/jd-admissions/financial-support/scholarships.html There are automatic (I think) entrance 'pure scholarships' and then 4 that require apps at the bottom, also read this even though it's for 2020-21 (https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/law/Academic Information Syllabi Moots Regulations/Scholarships, bursaries & awards/Bursary and Scholarship Information Booklet_20_21_August_31.pdf) UBC: https://allard.ubc.ca/programs/juris-doctor-jd-program/costs-and-funding/bursary-program#:~:text=The Allard School of Law,in bursaries to our students. - Financial Need-based https://allard.ubc.ca/programs/juris-doctor-jd-program/costs-and-funding/scholarships-awards - Some are auto, others require apps, and the apps are sent out Mid-May I haven't read into the others as I'm not going to be applying for them. But if it's allowed I figured it'd be nice to have one place where we can leap to the required info as needed.
  4. Hi, take a look at this: https://7sage.com/lsat-flex-score-converter/ This will begin to give you an idea of how the curve might tighten when combined with this: https://7sage.com/lsat-score-percentile-conversion/ You can see that you could go -13 on PT88 and get 170. Going -13 on a flex version of PT88 would give you 167. You would have to go roughly -10 to get a 170 on a flex version of PT88. The real answer is a bit more complicated though. Since Flex has several different permutations depending on your time slot (to help prevent cheating), the amount you can get wrong varies depending on the difficulty of your sections. The most recent, I had one of the more difficult permutations of three sections (at least what the Powerscore guys said) and I think I got a more generous curve.
  5. This is actually fairly common (at least on the 7sage forum/subreddit I frequented). Some people find it harder to focus on the screen or the glare might hurt their eyes. Try to figure out what exactly is causing it. It might just be unfamiliarity with the online version. There are some critical changes (for some people). One example I can think of is that if you're into highlighting/underlining, that's probably not going to fly for the digital test. It's exactly like how it is on lawhub, finicky and not well calibrated. I remember the first time I tried highlighting and it somehow highlighted half my passage before I could get rid of it and it messed me the heck up. I had to develop a strategy with no highlighting involved. If you need to change computer screens, or you need the font bigger, that's all stuff you can play around with or fix before test time. You'll have to keep using the digital version to get a feel for it and that itself will help too.
  6. Hi everyone, I've been reading a lot of helpful topics on this forum about writing good Personal Statements and after doing some research on the schools I'd like to apply for, I think I've narrowed it down to a few specific points I want to touch on across all of my Personal Statements. I also have a couple more unique directions that I want to take that I feel strongly about that would be for specific schools like UBC, Dalhousie, and UVic (Environmental Law programs/specializations with Marine/Fishery/etc law courses). I was hoping I could bounce ideas off someone who's been through the process before to let me know what they think.
  7. Agree with this. Without a diagnostic you won't know whether you should do October, November, or January. But I will say that most people need more than 3 months. https://7sage.com/the-three-worst-lsat-mistakes/ Don't rush a test like the LSAT. It's one of the major components of your law school application and it's not good for your headspace. Come back with a score (maybe it's really good!) and we can help you more. The kind of score band you would need also depends on what your GPA is (cGPA, L2, B2). Of course the better the LSAT score the better but if you've got an amazing GPA then that at least gives you more room to breathe. One thing to note about disclosed vs. not disclosed. If Flex ends up continuing, there's a good chance that a disclosed administration might end up becoming non-disclosed. And I would bet that Flex continues through until at least the end of this year, with how COVID is still messing around with everything.
  8. I would not do the August take. It's unlikely you'll get to your goal from the score you currently have. Kaplan is not great either. If you'd like, PM me and I can at least talk you through what I did
  9. There are some games that lend themselves well to the 'solve for all possibilities' strategy, especially in some of the earlier games, but the general trend I found when moving to later PTs was that it became more convoluted to do that. But one thing you can do is a 'partial split'. If something can be either first or last for example, you can split off that node and see how far each node takes you. This at least locks down some possible worlds and gives you a basis to work off of instead of redrawing from scratch. Even if you can only take it a couple extra steps, that usually means you've either locked down other pieces or at least know the general placement (ie. if that item that's first or last is part of a sandwich, you know that the other two items, in that specific order, are either before or after the item you've chosen to split on). Another tip is to think about the order in which you do the questions. After you've done the acceptable situation question (usually the first one) you should do local questions first before the global ones. Local questions give you extra premises so you can fill in parts of your board and this tends to result in a chain of inferences. After you've done your local questions then you can move to the global ones, which don't give extra premises, but now you're armed with game boards from the local questions and you have a better understanding of what is and isn't allowed, or the mechanics of the game. Save rule substitution/equivalence questions for later since they tend to take the most time unless you already have a hunch of what the right answer is. Remember all questions are worth just one point... getting a rule sub question right by brute-forcing down to E means you might miss an easy question later on.
  10. Your best bet is to grind out LG and get that down to -0. That alone would put you within striking range for 164. For LR see if you have any particular weak question types and grind question sets of those out (I'm assuming you're using something like 7sage or Powerscore where you can make problem sets for specific question types). For RC, read at least a passage a day+do the questions to at least get used to what you'll be reading and doing.
  11. I'm trying to get into law school at the age of 30. It's not bad at all IMO (of course, I'm a bit biased but I know I'm not the only one who's done this... that's exactly why Discretionary/Mature categories exist) to get some professional/personal experience, make some more money (law school costs a lot!), and to really figure out what you want to do and why you want to do it. When I took the LSAT for the first time 5 years ago I scored 159, just like you did. I took it again one take later and scored 161. My GPA was higher than yours and but still horrible (barely scratching 3.00), got in nowhere in Ontario. I ended up getting a job and working there for a few years, slowly getting more responsibilities and work experience, and started teaching at a martial arts school I trained at. In December of 2019, after forgetting almost everything about the LSAT, I decided to try a diagnostic... got 159. And in 6 months~ I raised my score to 168, and I can apply as a mature candidate and still have a shot at plenty of schools in Canada. If law is what you want to do for sure, then you can get there.
  12. I'm not an expert, but I think it might be difficult for you in your current circumstances for any school. If you could grind out a higher LSAT score that could help offset your GPA more. And if you wait a while longer before you apply different categories of admissions (ie. Mature) will open up for you.
  13. Never looked into Manitoba, will check it out now. Thanks for the heads up! And yes, I've been working for over 5 years. I thought Ottawa might be a hard sell because they care a lot about cGPA and mine is frankly trash so I didn't look too deeply into them. Will check that out more as well. Is this for general or discretionary/mature?!
  14. I posted last year around August and I just got my score back from my July 2020 test. 168! I'm super stoked. My first ever take in 2015 was 159, so I went from 159>161>168, 20 whole percentiles! I want to start working on my applications immediately after doing my LSAT Writing and I'm struggling to think of where to apply. My current list is fairly broad: Dalhousie UofT Osgoode Queens Western UVic Windsor UBC I'm wondering if any of these are simply not feasible and I shouldn't even bother. I know it's probably a long shot for UofT. I'd like to work in either Toronto or Vancouver and I'm currently open to different types of law, though I'm most interested in Immigration Law and Environmental Law. I've got solid/interesting ECs (cultural/diversity based related to Kung Fu and preservation of a dying martial art) and I basically run my marketing department for my boss. I should have a couple really good LoR from work. I'll definitely be talking about how my GPA back then (from 2008-2012) doesn't reflect what I am now, and how age + experience has really taught me the importance of hard work.
  15. 1. You're already doing this, but it's important to repeat so... slow down: the goal is comprehension, the result in the long run is speed 2. If you haven't already tried, make small 1-5 word summaries of each paragraph (low-res) and use that as a road map, internalizing that is a way to 'read actively' so you absorb the material better 3. This is a heuristic since I also hate author's attitude questions, and I've learned 3 important things: Complete neutrality is almost never the right answer: Almost always an author is writing something to talk about something. If they're literally just presenting facts, sure, but even then sometimes they're presenting facts to make a specific point. That said, go for the 'safer choice': I ran through probably 30-35 RC sections and I think I saw "Complete Approval/Disapproval" or some variant of that as the right answer choice maybe 3 or 4 times max. Usually there's some sort of qualification to it. Usually you end up down to two choices, at that point just pick one and move on: it's just one point. Flag it, move on, come back. Not worth it, eats up too much time that could be spent on easier questions 4. Related to the last point there... time management. If you read a question a couple times and really can't wrap your head around it, just skip it and come back. Every question is worth one point and once you've been prepping enough you are going to have some questions that come more naturally to you and some that don't (ie. author's point, analogies for me). This is a general useful point for all the sections, knowing when to skip and come back later. 5. RC really needs to be practiced every day. Even if you're just reading a passage a day and doing questions, you have to get used to the method of reading you choose to do and not let yourself get bogged down. 6. Something that helped me a lot: Untimed drilling. If I couldn't get perfect untimed then I realized there was something fundamentally wrong with my approach. Once I can get things 100% untimed, then it's about refining the approach. If you haven't tried, I encourage it. Might help you see gaps you wouldn't otherwise see because the time factor itself is throwing you off.
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