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

Justin Young jty727 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 22 14:30:17 UTC 2010

Hi Sean!
Those definitely are great scores.  I definitely would be interested
in seeing those logic games which I've heard are sometimes tricky.  Do
you know of any good place to get these capplan books you and others
have been refering to?

On 11/22/10, Dennis Clark <dennisgclark at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> 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,
> Dennis
> ----- 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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