another 160 on my latest preptest (PT 54), went -8 in LR 1, -6 in LR 2, -1 in LG, and -7 in RC. what’s really frustrating is that in the first section of LR, i missed four difficulty level one questions and one level 2 difficulty questions on the second one. i also made a careless mistake on the very first question of the LG section, although i went on to get every single question right from there on, which i’m very, very pleased about. also, the last passage of RC killed me, missing 4/8….
i could’ve easily gotten a 165 on this… shave just 1 question from each section and i’d have a 167. i also am constantly torn between narrowing it down to two answer choices and choosing the wrong one, which is also frustrating, but i think thorough review and analyzing my thought process of these types of questions will help me better able to tackle these situations in the future… as for the easier questions, i think i sometimes am susceptible to the traps put in earlier answer choices (i.e. a, b), choose that and move on without reading the rest of the choices. i really have to lockdown on reading every single question before moving on, but it’s a hard call sometimes because you’re trying to rush and taking the time to read the rest of the AC’s, say, 4 times over, really adds up…
anyways, i’ve devised a study plan for the next three weeks, in which i solely do LR (with LG thrown in there so i don’t get rusty), blind review and then see where i am. although i’ve slashed my LR mistakes in half, it’s still obviously a major issue for me and so i’m hoping this drilling of entire sections will do me some good. i thought out drilling my question type again, but it seems that i regularly don’t miss a particular question type anymore, so i’m opting for a less unconventional one.
that plan definitely neglects all of RC, but i’ve said before, if i can significantly improve in LR, i can take the hits in RC. if i don’t like where i am by 3 weeks time, i may look to postpone again. what really sucks is that if the test was in late july instead of early june, i’d probably be ready, but the gaps in testing are so long that it’s actually disadvantageous to me. now, every fiber in body would absolutely hate the idea of the test in october and i’d probably shrivel up in convulsions, but it’s the smarter move because i only have two retakes left. i already have missed the cycle this year, and october would still be early, with december as my safety.
what makes this less disheartening is that i know that i can reach 165, and very much possibly break through (and really the difference between going to a tier 1 with a lot of scholarship money as opposed to almost none with a sub 165). i also am studying in a different way, which i think has been pretty helpful so far (thank you 7Sage!), and the extra time would allow me to drill RC, possibly improving there as well. regardless of what happens though, i will definitely be done with the lsat before this year is over. but until then, see you 3 weeks.