Episode 1: Replace a Rule

Our maiden voyage. Ben and Nathan introduce themselves, then brave the waters of the LSAT’s fearsome new “Replace a Rule” logic games question. Unplanned strategy detours include game selection and game skipping, scoresheet bubbling technique, and drilling specific question types vs. hammering out 35-minute mixed sections. Welcome aboard.

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  1. Loving the podcast! I am studying to take the December 2017 LSAT. I am shooting for 170+ to secure a scholarship to my choice school. My first score was a 140, I only got 3 correct in LG and didn’t finish any of the sections. How would you structure your PrepTest schedule to promote consistency and maintain progress for the next 5 months? For example should I take practice tests twice a month for July/August and then move to weekly practice tests for September to the end of November? Or should I focus on just timed sections of my weakest area throughout the week and do 2 practice tests each month? I want to optimize positive progress in LG and become more efficient in getting through more of the LR and RC sections.

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    1. Hi Courtney!

      Welcome to the podcast. Glad you found us.

      First, going from 140 to 170+ is not impossible, but if you succeed, it will be a long journey. It’s not uncommon to go up 8-12 points with persistent effort, and 15-20 points is not crazy. But 30 points is so unusual that I wouldn’t include it in any marketing materials. It’s misleading. We could probably call it “fake news,” even if it does sometimes happen.

      In all my years of teaching thousands of students, for example, only a small handful have gone up that many points. In fact, as I’m writing this, I can remember only two people off the top of my head, so maybe I’ve helped only two people pull off such a feat. One person did so in about three months (31 points); the other person took about two years (about 30 points, although I can’t remember the exact number). I’m not trying to be pessimistic, but I also think that it’d be a little irresponsible to not tell you what you’re up against.

      Second, we talk about this in the show a ton, but I’d focus on taking one 35-minute section per day (at most) and on taking one full-length test every other week (for now) and every week as your score increases. Right now, you’re getting so many questions wrong that after you take a full-length test, you’ll need time to review it, possibly the entire week (feel free to use my LSAT score tracker). I also wouldn’t just burn through a bunch of games sections. Instead, sign up for my online LSAT class or Nathan’s online LSAT class. We’ll both walk you through the test and how you should study for it. You’re going to need to review all the basics for all the sections, including LR and RC, to get anywhere close to where you’re hoping to go.

      Good luck!
      Ben

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