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Hi all,

Does anyone have an experience in which their scores were better than expected on the LSAT?

Would be nice to share some stories and stats!

I am super nervous for the scores so maybe this is just the waiting that is having me second guess. :P 

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I ended up scoring three points higher - eight questions higher - than my best practice test, so yep, it does happen forsure. Everything clicked and I thrive in test settings. It definitely happens but I didn't expect it!

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I'm hoping the reasoning habits I learned while studying paid off because I felt a bit scattered during the exam.

I was PT higher than my Nov LSAT scores per section - but somehow seemed to jump back and forth within the section a bit unlike my practice.

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It's nice to hear these stories, the anxiety of score day is getting to me. Felt super confident after the test but as time goes by I feel less and less confident. Keep the inspirational tales coming people.

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It definitely happens! My highest PT score was a 164 and my scores ranged from 161-164. I wrote a 165 on the September 2018 LSAT. 

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I was aiming for a 160 on the LSAT because I knew a score around there would get me into law school. I had a 159 on my diagnostic and my PT scores gradually improved over the ~3 months I studied for until I was in the 166-169 range. Then in the last couple of weeks before the real thing, I could barely get 160 and was often getting 156-158. I had to stop doing PTs for the last few days because I was psyching myself out. I ended up getting a 164 on the first try and it was such a relief.

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Happened for me as well - my highest PT was a 167 and was averaging around 164; I ended up with a 170 on test day. I chalk that up to taking the week or so before the test off from studying, and taking the day  before the test off from work to get some BBQ and a massage. Seriously. The test is all about mindset and not letting your anxiety about finishing the section undermine all the prep you’ve done - so just relax ! Good luck. 

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7 minutes ago, javathehut said:

Happened for me as well - my highest PT was a 167 and was averaging around 164; I ended up with a 170 on test day. I chalk that up to taking the week or so before the test off from studying, and taking the day  before the test off from work to get some BBQ and a massage. Seriously. The test is all about mindset and not letting your anxiety about finishing the section undermine all the prep you’ve done - so just relax ! Good luck. 

Good job on the 170 score! When did you take your last ?

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Awesome job guys! Thanks for sharing - stories like these remind how much anxiety can have an effect on performance.  

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A good friend of mine was practicing at 167-170 and ended up with a 173. Personally I was practicing at 178-180 and dropped to 173. 

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52 minutes ago, Mal said:

A good friend of mine was practicing at 167-170 and ended up with a 173. Personally I was practicing at 178-180 and dropped to 173. 

178-180 is high for any score. :P 

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My highest PT was 162 and they usually ranged from 158-160. I only decided at the beginning of january that I was going to write February so only gave myself about a month to study. I just figured I could always write it again.

Immediately after I wrote I had to fight the strong urge to cancel my score because I thought I totally bombed the lg section. Ended up getting a 167 :) 

Probably the proudest moment of my life reading that email

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Wow your all clearly very smart. Mostly when I thought I did shit, I did lol. 

I think if your the type of person who has a history of underrating how well you performed on any given test then the LSAT should be no different.

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5 hours ago, hemingway17 said:

My highest PT was 162 and they usually ranged from 158-160. I only decided at the beginning of january that I was going to write February so only gave myself about a month to study. I just figured I could always write it again.

Immediately after I wrote I had to fight the strong urge to cancel my score because I thought I totally bombed the lg section. Ended up getting a 167 :) 

Probably the proudest moment of my life reading that email

Wow, thanks @hemingway17 ! So inspirational! :) 

My thoughts were similar about my lg section.

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The average from my last 5 PTs was 174, but I lucked into a 177 on the actual test.

The key is, I think, controlling for the variables that you can before the test itself, to limit test day anxiety - i.e., strong prep, consistent pre-test sleep schedule/diet/routines, and, of course, making sure the test you write doesn't have an intractable, 3d chess-esque logic game that absolutely torpedoes your confidence. 

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15 hours ago, Thebebebennies said:

Good job on the 170 score! When did you take your last ?

It was the February 2018 test. 

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On 2/18/2019 at 2:11 PM, Prospero said:

First write, 155. Second write, 161. Third write, 170. 

Great improvement/story. I still remember! :D 

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