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Hi Mamas,<br>
I was wondering if anyone has taken the LSAT and if you could tell me a little about both preparing for it and taking it. (I'm not considering going to law school, I'm actually writing a story about some law students.) Any imput would be appriciated! Thanks!
 

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Yeppers, I did. About 4-5 year ago, now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I took the October exam. To study, I first (like a year before the exam) took a "diagnostic" short test that pegged me at roughly 165, which is a respectable score on the LSAT.<br><br>
When June came around, I had graduated from college, moved in with my parents, and got a job. I started studying a lot at this point, mostly from a Barron's book I'd bought. I also had a Kaplan book and the book published by the LSAC that had prior administered LSATs in it.<br><br>
The Barron's book was useless. The questions were poorly-written. Every test I took I was getting 145-155. I couldn't understand how I had suddenly become so stupid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: It seemed like for every question, there were at least two right answers, and the reason for one of those in the back was no better than my reason for the other one.<br><br>
After a month or so of wasting my time on this book, I decided to try an actual, previously-administered LSAT from the LSAC book (it had 10 tests in it, no explanations for answers, though). I scored 169. I took another test. I scored 171. So I threw out the other books, ordered the "Ten more actual real LSATs" from LSAC and spent the remaining study time just doing actual tests.<br><br>
Every night (with the occasional night off) I'd do one or two sections from a practice test. Then on the weekends, I'd do half a test in the morning and half in the evening, and take a day off.<br><br>
The last month before the exam, I started practicing under testing conditions (i.e. timed, breaks as permitted during the exam, etc.). My scores on all exams were between 171 and 177. My goal was to score over 170, so I felt pretty good about it. 180 was the max score at the time; not sure what it is now or if it's the same.<br><br>
The last week before the exam, I drove out to the testing location at the time I'd have to do it for the real exam, went and sat in a classroom, and took a complete exam. Then I went home and that last week I did more practice sections.<br><br>
I was the worst at the analytical section because while I could do it just fine, I couldn't do it fast enough. I had prepared a bit for the essay portion, but generally felt the questions were bad and knew most schools wouldn't look at the essay anyway.<br><br>
The actual day of the test was pretty uneventful. I was really nervous at first, but I blew through the first section in half the allotted time. That made me feel better, and I had time to check my answers. Basically, the whole exam was like that. I was so prepared that it really wasn't bad at all.<br><br>
I scored 172 or 173, which was over my goal score, so I was happy. I had to wait awhile for the results (weeks or maybe longer?), and when I finally called the number to hear my score, I was really excited and relieved to finally be done and have a good enough score.<br><br>
Sorry it isn't a more interesting story. Just a bunch of studying and a (relatively) pointless exam. Another one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I'm really glad I'm done with all that now.<br><br>
Julia<br>
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P.S. If you're still awake, I'm surprised. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I took it over 20 years ago. The scoring system isn't even the same now.<br><br>
I did not prepare for it. I don't think many people prepared for it, or the SAT, back then. I did only ok on the LSAT. Only my undergrad grades (4.0) got me into the law school of my choice (not Ivy, in the top 25).
 

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I took it a few years back and studied form one of the books that you can buy and I found that it did not help at all.<br><br>
I would try a practice test first and see how you do.
 

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I took it in 1999. I took a Kaplan prep course, because left to my own devices I would have never studied - and I knew I'd need help with the logic problems. I got a semi-respectible score and it got me into the school I wanted to attend.
 

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I took the LSAT many years ago. I bought a book that had sample tests and discussed the format. After looking it over, I spent most of my time doing the sample tests within the time limits suggested. More than anything, I think it helped me pace myself and know what to expect during the real test.<br><br>
I was fortunate to get into the school I wanted. At the time, it was in the top 10, with the highest average LSATs in the country. Most of my friends took Kaplan, even though most test takers at that time didn't, and felt that it really helped them prepare or at least feel confident going into the test. I remember reading some Kaplan promo stuff later that said that the majority of students who got accepted in top 20 schools took Kaplan. I have no idea whether that was true at the time or not, but it seemed to hold true for my class.<br><br>
You might try posting this in the <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/forumdisplay.php?f=159" target="_blank">Working and Student Mamas forum</a>. I know there's a number of law grads and folks aiming for law school there.<br><br>
Good luck on your book. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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