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Congrats to all who took the June lsat, and I'm hoping to be in the same position in November.
I started seriously prepping for the LSAT 1.5 months ago. I got a diagnostic of 155 on the June 2007 exam. I took PT 36 and scored a 165 about 2 weeks ago, but I don't think it should count (I'd already seen 6 or 7 of the LR questions on there from drill problems).
I have access to 7sage's full course, and I have the Powerscore bibles and a copy of the LSAT trainer (got that one from a friend), and all the published PT's. Haven't tried the trainer/bibles yet; I've just been using the 7sage course. I'm improving on LG and RC gradually, but I'm really having a hard time on LR. I know what each question type is asking me to do, but my biggest problem is reading and understanding the stimulus. I find the passages too hard and convoluted to read (I feel lost/intimidated easily), and even when I try focusing in on the conclusion/premises, I still don't fully grasp what they mean, or what the assumptions/flaws are in the argument (I run into trouble on weaken/strengthen, assumptions, and mbt/mss most of the time).
Then I get to the answer choices, I'm not even sure what to look for in wrong/right choices, and I choose an answer on my gut feeling without knowing why the wrong answers are wrong or why the right answers are right. This isn't really a problem for the first 10 questions or so when the arguments/fact sets are easy to handle, but from there on, it's downhill. I get anywhere from 5 to 9 wrong on each LR section (timed).
As much as I appreciate JY's core curriculum, he sometimes crosses off wrong choices without really explaining why. Any help on this?
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f you haven't tried the Trainer yet, I would say crack that open as well. It is among the best general overviews of the test out there and should help lay a good foundation for LR.
Rest assured it is not you, though. The language of the LSAT is deliberately obtuse, difficult and unnatural. Studying for the LSAT, and LR in particular, is not unlike learning a new language altogether. But just like with a new language, fluency comes with continued exposure. In time you will come to recognize patterns, gaps in logic, etc. and the process will become almost mechanical.
1.5 months is not that far into studying - most reputable programs would suggest at least double that at a minimum - so don't fret if it's not clicking just yet. A 155 is a good diagnostic, so know that you have the requisite aptitude for success on the LSAT. Just keep experimenting with different study materials, do thorough deconstructions of troublesome questions, and practice reading stimuli untimed for comprehension.
Good luck with your studies and keep up the hard work - you are going to be just fine.
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Try not to be intimidated or to beat yourself up too much. This test is designed to be an aptitude test for law school but it is learnable. Learning it just involves learning to think like a lawyer a bit early. Your approach to information got you or is getting you your undergrad degree. It is the one most people in life use. You read, you synthesize and you extrapolate. All very useful skills no one should be ashamed of. The problem is that in everyday life most people are engaging in good faith and have the shared goal of effective communication, or at least there is no facing off against opposing counsel.
You are going to need to be deliberate in breaking down some of that language, but start looking for patterns in structure as well. They use the same argument styles and logical fallacies over and over again and you will start to notice them if you look. Also, start asking yourself what they are getting at and what facts they are leaving out that might help or hurt their argument. It may be slower at first, but you will make up the time not having to beat your head against the answer choices so much. Plus, you will get faster as you get better.
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I did this for about 40 LR sections and I went from missing about -10/12 to -0,-1, or -2 on a bad day.
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