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Hi everybody,

Just want to say thanks in advance to anyone who is able to offer some helpful advice on my current situation.

 

In mid August I purchased the power score books and began preparing for the November 17th LSAT. I have been putting in 20-25 hours a week since then. About 2-3 weeks ago I hit 5 practice tests in a row all above 160, with my highest being a week ago this past Monday (October 29th) at 165. During these tests on for the most part I would be between -3 and -6 on LR, -8 and -10 on RC, and -3-6 on LG. Unfortunately the 4 tests I have taken since my peak have been 160- 159-157-156. It seems the mistakes are stupid errors that make perfect sense when I look back on the problems reviewing. Obviously this is alarming with the test just 9 days away.

 

If anyone has experienced any situation like this in the past and has any recommendations they would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks again. 

 

 

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You've identified what your mistakes were and you understand why you made them and what you should have done. What you need to do is imbibe that understanding and apply it going forward. Keep hitting the practice tests.

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I feel it is beneficial to take a step back. Make sure you are able to give yourself some days off. Particularly right before the date, what are you looking to learn you haven't over 100's of hours of previous studying?

 

Could be your mind is just becoming fatigued by doing test after test. Take a bit of a break and rest, then prep again the week or so before the test, then take a day or two before the test off, cause all your learning will be done and you won't be getting much from banging out practice tests other than getting fatigued.

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I agree that you may just be burning out.

25-30 hours a week for three months seems like overkill to me. That is an extreme amount of prep.

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Thanks a lot for the recommendations. Ironically my PB of 165 came on Monday October 29th after a weekend reunion with friends where I did not look at any LSAT material from the previous Thursday until the Monday I did that PT. Seems very weird not preparing with only 9 days left but I will take the next few days off and try another PT this Sunday.

 

Thanks for the advice ! @erinl2 @HandsomeSocialist

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I had the same 'issue'! I wrote in July and scored a 160 after studying for ~25 hours a week, plus working part-time. While I was waiting for my score to come out, I wasn't studying and instead just enjoying the summer. Once my score did come out at the end of August, I 'studied' by doing a practice test once a week while attending grad school full time and ended up getting a 164 on the real test only 1.5 months later. I definitely could have done better (haha whoops) but I'm glad I didn't lock myself in the library and over fatigue. I think it's definitely possible to 'overstudy' / stress yourself out too much to the detriment of your score. You're obviously capable of getting a great score and it seems like you have a really solid grasp on the strategies, so do try and relax / socialize with friends! I didn't study for 4 full days before my test and it really helped my clarity on test day, since I hadn't been staring at logical reasoning for days on end. Wishing you the best of luck! 

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