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Why Aren’t My Practice Test Scores Improving?

Hey, you baseball players out there – remember a year or two after tee-ball when your coach took you aside and told you that what you thought of as your graceful Hammer-of-Thor swing was, in fact, rubbish? And then you had to completely reconstruct your approach? Well, the process of studying for the LSAT is a little like that – here’s how.

The LSAT is a skills-based test with no prior knowledge required. This means that when you take your first diagnostic test, you’re naturally going to be coming up with strategies and methods and heuristics on the fly. This is great in the fight-or-flight circumstance that is that diagnostic test, but when you think about it, it’s obvious that the approach you conjure up under pressure is unlikely to be perfectly aligned with the most efficient and effective methods.

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Getting that LSAT Six-Pack After a Dismal Second Practice Exam

Since getting to law school, I haven’t gone to the gym very often. But when I used to try to stay healthy and had time to do things unrelated to school, I tried to go somewhat frequently. In the beginning, I got very frustrated when I didn’t see immediate results. For example, any time I worked out my abs, I expected to wake up the next morning with a chiseled six-pack. Unfortunately, I was (and remain) disappointed by my lack of washboard abs.

For those of you who just finished Practice Exam 2 as part of the Blueprint curriculum, you may be expecting a similar sense of disappointment at not seeing your score instantly improve from your diagnostic results. Just like you shouldn’t expect massive gains from just a few reps at the gym, you shouldn’t expect a massive score increase on your second exam; rather, you should focus on a couple key aspects of the exercise.

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Making Sense of LSAT Practice Exam 2

We’re about a month away from the December 2011 LSAT, which means all you good little logic-loving foot soldiers have taken your second LSAT practice exam. Most of you have likely seen some improvement in your score since your first LSAT practice exam.

But what to make of it?

Did you improve as much as you’d hoped? If not, let’s not act like the roof is falling in, mmmkay? You’ve still got a whole lot to learn and plenty of time in which to learn it. Your focus should be on those types of questions you’ve already encountered during your LSAT practice. Did you miss a bunch of Sufficient questions? Don’t sweat it too much. You haven’t studied them yet. Same goes for Necessary questions. Take your score report and look at how you did on the questions types you’ve studied so far.