I have been teaching for more than ten years and am proud to say that I have helped hundreds of students excel academically and prepare for standardized tests. I have a master's degree in education with a specific focus on curriculum development and designing assessments. I lived in Korea for about ten years after completing my undergraduate degree in Korean Studies back in the W. Bush administration.
The LSAT plays an outsized role in law school admissions, and it is one of the only factors in the admissions process over which you have a lot of control. Every point can mean the difference between getting into your dream school, target school, or safety school. Even if you get into your dream school, the LSAT score you are admitted with will determine how much, if any, scholarship money you are awarded and how much debt you graduate with, if any.
I scored 161 the first time I took the official LSAT. That score is not bad, but I felt I could do better if I could just get a hold of how the test makers designed their assessment. It took a lot of time and effort; I completed and reviewed every official LSAC PrepTest (PT) available-- from PT 1 through PT 92+ --at least once. Some might think this is "too much," but my mindset for tackling test preparation is to do whatever it takes, especially when it could mean the difference between receiving a full ride or having to pay the sticker price.
In the end, when I took the LSAT again, I scored 175, in the top 0.5% of all test-takers.
Below, I address each of the three section types and my personal experience with them, starting with how many questions I missed on average when I scored 161 and how many I missed on average when I scored 175.
Logic Games (AR) [From -10 to -0]
I had so much trouble with the logic games (Analytical Reasoning; AR) section. I could not seem to be able to finish all the games in time or consistently get all the questions for an entire game right until I came up with way of containing all the information in a consistent way that allowed me to iterate responses more naturally.
Logical Reasoning (LR) [From -6 to -2/-1]
With my background in philosophy and logic, I felt comfortable with many of the questions themselves, and my issues stemmed from being able to rule out answer choices quickly and consistently enough to be able to finish the section and stop doubting my answers. Improving on this section involved figuring out how to rule out answers effectively.
Reading Comprehension (RC) [From -5 to -2/-1]
My issues with RC were similar to LR. I had to find a method to rule out answer choices and interpret how the test makers wanted us to interpret the passage.
Whether or not you choose to work with me on achieving your goals, I would like you to know that standardized tests are learnable. This is not an opinion; it is a fact. If you would like to find out how and why and how this relates to your own test-taking experience and outcomes, let's talk about it.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelor in Arts, Korean Studies
Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Master of Arts, Education
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