Monday, October 11, 2010

October 2010 LSAT Analysis

The following is the first follow-up post and analysis from one of our client's October 2010 LSAT experience. Overall, the test seemed to be pretty straightforward and the point distribution fit within the Zen system of prediction based on modern LSATs. If you're ready to start your own LSAT journey, check out our online analysis tool.
If you'd like our thoughts on retaking the LSAT and how to ensure a better second time around, we have posts for those, too.
I’d say I suffer from a touch of perfectionism. Some people call me an over-achiever.

It’s likely that both are apt descriptions. And, for those reasons, I figure that I’ll take the LSAT again. Saturday was fine – nothing I didn’t expect. At the end of it – when I find out my score in three weeks – I presume that I’ll want a better score and will sign up for the December 11th test date.

Nothing went wrong on Saturday morning. I didn’t faint or throw-up or storm out the room in a flurry of tears. It was what I expected: I finished a couple of questions short on each section and did more rushing than I’m accustomed to. Much of it happened in such a blur, that it’s hard for me to reflect on exactly what happened in specific portions of the exam.

The logic games were reasonable, none of the reading comp passages came out of left field, and the logical reasoning questions came in an endless stream like they always do.

I’m sure that the score I’ll receive for Saturday’s LSAT, in the great scheme of things, will be an entirely satisfactory score. It will likely land me in a law school of my choosing – perhaps even my top choice. Either way, that part of it is over: I’ve taken the test and now qualify for admission to law school somewhere. The real question is, “How good is my score?” Or, perhaps more to the point, “Will that score be good enough?

If you subscribe to Mr. Bennett’s Zen training, or are considering doing so, then you didn’t respond, “Good enough for what?” to my previous statements. You know, like anyone spending hours each day preparing for the LSAT, that I don’t just want to finish the test. I want my score to be high enough to feel comfortably competitive for admission to the nation’s top law schools.

What does that mean?

Well, before the test, Mr. Bennett and I considered my data. We estimated that I would likely score between 160-165 on this sitting. Of course, I could do better – between 165-170. Even in that higher range, though, my score – coupled with a 3.94 GPA and strong resume – would not be enough to comfortably place me into the top law schools of my choice.

What would I do, then, if I didn’t have the day of my life and score a 170 or higher? Mr. Bennett and I decided that I should, in that case, keep studying and take it again in December. Two more months, working with the rhythm I’ve managed the past three weeks, would probably put me in the 170+ range, says Mr. Bennett.

With that in mind, I intend to pick up my pencil, highlighter, timer, and next practice test on Thursday and get back to work. Not because I’m disappointed in myself or frustrated, but because I’m viewing Saturday as a test run. If I did exceptionally well, it will be my first and last run. If I feel I can do better, which I expect to be the case, then I’ll push forward to the place where I want to be and know I can reach.