[nabs-l] Have any of you taken the LSATS

Dennis Clark dennisgclark at sbcglobal.net
Mon Nov 22 11:26:08 UTC 2010

Hello Sean,
Your scores are great, and it sounds as though you are doing everything in a 
way that will maximize your law school opportunities.  I think you should 
keep fighting LSAC to get the exam administered to you using jaws, because 
the difference given your practice test is definitely significant.  Where 
are you located?  I look forward to hearing from you.
All the best,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sean Whalen" <smwhalenpsp at gmail.com>
To: <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 21, 2010 10:16 PM
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Have any of you taken the LSATS

> Justin,
> I am currently preparing to take the LSAT. I was initially scheduled to 
> take
> the October administration of the test, but ran into certain points of
> disagreement with the LSAC regarding accommodations. As Joe alluded to, I
> have found the use of MS Excel to "diagram" logic games extremely helpful. 
> I
> also purchased the Kaplan books, and was provided reasonably accessible 
> pdf
> and html files. LSAC approved the use of Excel on the test, so that is
> something you may want to explore as an option. I have, thus far, been
> unsuccessful in getting LSAC to approve the use of JAWS and an e-text to
> read the reading comprehension and logical reasoning portions of the test.
> As Dennis said, it is crucial to get the score you are capable of on the
> first crack. My top score on practice tests with a human reader is 168, 
> and
> my top score using JAWS is 173. This is a very significant difference when
> applying to top schools, so I am continuing to fight LSAC on this point. I
> know of at least one case in the past where a blind student was permitted 
> to
> use JAWS and an e-text version of the exam, so I hope to be granted the 
> same
> accommodation when all is said and done.
> Ideally you will take the LSAT in the June or October in the year prior to
> the fall in which you wish to enroll in law school. If you can't dish out
> the $$$ for a prep course, try to read some test prep books from 
> Powerscore
> or Kaplan or the like, and take practice test after practice test. Over
> multiple practice tests, your score will level off, and, assuming that you
> have been studying hard and practicing, the score you level off at is the
> score you can expect to get on test day. And, while it is a very high 
> stakes
> test, don't kill yourself over it too much. You don't necessarily have to
> score in the 160s to get into a respectable law school. And, as has been
> mentioned, you don't necessarily have to attend a premier law school to 
> have
> a very successful legal career. Just walk away knowing that you gave your
> best effort to studying and preparation and got a score that reflects your
> ability.
> If you ever have any questions, or if there is any way in which I might be
> helpful to you, please let me know. I could send you some logic games
> set-ups and Excel sheets with the "diagrams," if you would be interested 
> to
> see those.
> Good luck to you,
> Sean
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