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Hi all. 

My studying outline begins this month. I decided to take a practice LSAT test to determine/curious to see where I am at. This was my very first practice test ever without any studying or even knowledge prior of what the test consisted of.  I scored a 163. Through research, I can determine what this might mean. I am just wondering if this is a score that can be improved on within my 6 months of planned study time. Probably yes? What else may this first time score indicate? 

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19 minutes ago, Tulan said:

Hi all. 

My studying outline begins this month. I decided to take a practice LSAT test to determine/curious to see where I am at. This was my very first practice test ever without any studying or even knowledge prior of what the test consisted of.  I scored a 163. Through research, I can determine what this might mean. I am just wondering if this is a score that can be improved on within my 6 months of planned study time. Probably yes? What else may this first time score indicate? 

Thanks ~

163 is a good score.

Did you time your test?

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I never think much of diagnostics. That said, a 163 is a good score. Your question is a little peculiar though (whether that score can be improved upon), particularly given your prefacing all of this by saying you haven't done any studying. In any event, the answer to your question is: yes, of course, studying may (and very likely will) help you improve that score. 

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A 163 is a score that puts you near the 90th percentile. This is a blessing and a curse. Because you’re starting with a solid understanding of the test you won’t make progress as quickly or dramatically as those who start from a lower score. Also, prep courses and basic materials won’t do much for you because, again, you already understand the basics. That being said, with some effective study techniques, a lot of in depth review, and a lot of hours put in you can definitely improve.

In my experience as an instructor and tutor for the LSAT, most people around 160-165 haven’t yet mastered logic games to the point of scoring perfect on the section and this should be your first area of focus. After that, take a look at the specific question types that you struggle with in LR and do a lot of practice on those question types (usually it’s assumption, flaw, principle, and parallel reasoning). And while doing these things, do a minimum of one reading comp passage per day (RC is by far the hardest section to improve one and really the only way to do it is to do A LOT of it, so 1-2 passages per day is a good way to get through a lot of material). Typically 6-8 hours per day, 6 days a week for about 3 months will get you a good amount of improvement as long as you are using effective study techniques. I went from 165-171 using these methods.

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You'll be fine. 163 is an insane first score (assuming you did it under timed conditions). Aim for 167-170

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How did you do on LG? If you struggled, you should have no issue hitting low 170s within six months. If you did well on LG, hitting the 170s is still likely but less so. 

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163 is already phenomenal, dont even need to improve at all if you have a good GPA 

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I had a diagnostic score very similar to yours. I ended up with exactly the same score on the real test. YMMV, of course.

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