Got my LSAT score back over the weekend.
For those of you not familiar with the LSAT scoring scale, here's a reference guide:
Highest possible score: 180
Lowest possible score: 120
Average score: 155
My goal score: 165
(Which in my estimation is good enough to still be a candidate for Berkeley, if not a good candidate.)
Score that qualifies as "making that thing my bitch": 170
My actual retail score (drum roll, please):
It's a good score -- the 95th percentile, and the average LSAT accepted at Berkeley -- so I'm still in it, but I can't help but feel a tinge of disappointment that I didn't do as well as I thought I did. Cause even though I surpassed my goal, I walked out of that testing center feeling like I had made that thing my bitch.
What went wrong? Well, firstly, I missed 5 questions on Reading Comprehension, which is usually one of my strongest sections, and which I usually only miss 1-3 on. Secondly, they didn't drop the arguments section that I thought they were going to drop, and I missed 5 on that one also. (Each LSAT includes 1 "experimental" section that they use to test out new questions for future tests. The experimental section is not scored, but you don't know which section it is.) There was one arguments section that seemed unusually hard to me, and I was sure that it was the experimental section, but it turns out that one counted and the experimental section was the very first arguments section of the test, which I had felt really good about. Dammit!
In spite of these unfortunalities, I should be proud of the fact that I completely conquered the Logic Games section of the test. This is the section that gives most people a serious pain in the backside. (If you want to see what I'm talking about, check out the Analytical Reasoning section in this free PDF of the June 2007 LSAT.) It's a very difficult part of the test, and I knew that it was my weakest area, so for the month prior to the test, I created a book of all the Logic Games that I could get my hands on, and I worked them constantly -- lunch breaks, right before bed, down time at work, etc. And it paid off, because I only missed one question in that entire section of the test! Go me!
So on the whole, there are things to be proud of and things to kick myself about, but I'm still in a good place, and I'm not going to bother taking the test again. I've gotten over the foothills; it's time to climb the mountain.
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