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I go from getting 160 one day to a 150 the next. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong to be jumping scores like this. And i don’t think blaming it on being tired/burnt out is a just reason as I know the day of the lsat brings lack of sleep and anxiety. Has anyone experienced this and have any tips to stay more consistent? Slightly discouraging as my test is less than 2 weeks away :(

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Inconsistency could be caused by any number of reasons. It's difficult to pinpoint what the issue is without knowing anything about your study history/etc. If you're really bouncing between 160 and 150, then you're picking up +/- 15 correct answers, which is a lot--i.e. so many that I wouldn't just attribute it to a single bad habit (e.g. in the way you approach NA questions).

Burnout/fatigue is a plausible explanation. Not many tutors I know recommend doing full preptests every day or back-to-back unless you're on a really accelerated study schedule; better to do a single section at a time and really concentrate on the blind review. Adjust the number of sections you do per day depending on your availability, usually 1-3 (maybe more if you have a lot of free time!)

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On 9/10/2019 at 1:46 PM, beepboop said:

I go from getting 160 one day to a 150 the next. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong to be jumping scores like this. And i don’t think blaming it on being tired/burnt out is a just reason as I know the day of the lsat brings lack of sleep and anxiety. Has anyone experienced this and have any tips to stay more consistent? Slightly discouraging as my test is less than 2 weeks away :(

Impossible to guess without knowing anything more - are your missing points always going on the same types of sections? When you go down is it always just zonking on the third section whatever it is? Is it scattered randomly throughout the test or focused in a specific area (eg mid LRs, or all LGs)? Could be any one of a myriad factors.

 

Also, just because you might be tired on test day doesn't mean you can't be more tired on some practices than others. That'd cost you an LR point ;)

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@lookingaround usually fluctuating in RC and at the second LG I seem to do worse compared to the first one. I find on some days (when I hella fatigued) I am running out of time/rushing towards the end because I don't register what I read the first time 🤕

On 9/10/2019 at 8:01 PM, Pete said:

better to do a single section at a time and really concentrate on the blind review.

I've been doing what @Pete suggested the last few days because as of recently I was doing a lot of PT's since I thought I needed to as my test is approaching quickly, and have found I'm not as miserable/zombie-like and don't want to curl into a ball and cry as much and actually more aware/do better, who would have thought! 😄

 

thanks for the replies!

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