Monday, March 22, 2010

Not enough PrepTest material for the Zen Calendar?

I receive this question from a reader a while back, but since we're entering the stage of LSAT prep for the June 7, 2010 LSAT where official PrepTests can become tight, I thought it'd be relevant to post it now.
I have a very specific question for you:

When you were taking four preptests a week (2 at once, twice a week), how many of those preptests were ones you had taken before? The reason I ask is that I've already used the "Next 10" and "10 More" books, as well as about ~5 other PTs, and I'm trying to figure out how to make the most of my remaining time until the June exam (17 weeks from now). At the moment my plan is to follow your example, but using a new PT for only the first PT of each day, while the second PT would be one that I've already seen. That way I would be able to build my endurance while not using up my remaining untaken PTs too quickly (I plan to take every released PT before the exam). I'd greatly appreciate your advice.

Good luck with Harvard!
My response to this prepper's question is below:
I think the course of action you have laid out not only makes sense, it answers a big question that a lot of my clients have. I think it's an excellent solution to the problem of not having enough real LSAT material, and if you don't mind, I'd love to post it as such on the blog.

Using an older PrepTest will probably be a little easier than new material, however it will also allow you to compare how you did initially with the second time around, presumably while tired. Hopefully the accuracy rate will have improved, but I think that any new mistakes could offer some useful data. For instance, you might discover that you have more of a trouble with extrapolation questions when tired, so you need to be super careful with them on section 5. (Still thinking of how to show that in an Excel document, but I'll get there!)

Mr. Bennett
Thanks for the great question/suggestion TLS1776, and if any readers have any questions about the blog or LSAT prep, please don't hesitate to e-mail or post in the comments below.