Reasons for a Poor LSAT Score
This common emotional problem is one I see when I'm tutoring. The student reads the answers, marks B, and keeps right on reading the same set.
"Making sure" is an enormous waste of time, but it's an emotional crutch many people cannot give up. Thorough, diligent people often do this. They seem to forget that a good score requires getting a lot finished as much as it does getting them right.
Occasionally, a person can be told this and move right on. More often, they are like people who have to check four times that they locked the door. The problem is an emotional one, a need to be positive, or more often a fear of being wrong that won't let them move on even when they know that they're hurting their score.
Sadly, I know of no cure for this short of a year or two of therapy or a near-death experience — something to teach you that being wrong just isn't such a big deal.
Panic Type 1 -- I Rushed
There is no way on God's green earth to think faster than you do, except by practicing how to think. As your techniques improve, your timing and scores will improve. Trying to think an iota faster then you do is a guaranteed way to reduce your score.
Panic Type 2 -- I Froze
"I was doing fine. I was down to number 17, and the proctor called five minutes. Then I don't know what happened, but I didn't get a single other question answered."
Freezing is particularly difficult kind of panic to overcome. I do know of a few things you can try. Always practice with a large, loud clock in front of you until you learn to ignore it. Get your housemates to proctor you, and have them announce the time every five minutes. Make time so repetitive that it disappears into the background, like people do who live near a train.
Panic Type 3 -- Second-Guessing
"I thought A was right. But then I wasn't sure, so I picked C instead."
The underlying assumption to this kind of panic is "I am wrong. I am stupid, I can't do this, I don't know what they want, so if an answer looks good to me, choose another."
You can disprove this assumption by repeatedly marking your instinctive choice, your "but maybe it's..." choice, and then looking to see which is right. You need to do that hundreds of times over several months. Eventually, you can learn that you do know what they want.
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