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So I have been practicing for a few months now and I have gotten to the point where on LR, I'm scoring approximately -2 to -4 on average untimed. However I've only recently started to time myself (I'm a perfectionist which I now realize is not good for this test and because of this, I have not been doing timed sections since I wanted a firm grasp on how to tackle LR). Instead, I have been using a timer to see how long it takes me to answer questions and have just been trying to reduce the time it takes me as much as possible to answer questions quickly and correctly. In other words, I have not been operating under the 35 minute time constraint. (As a side note: I also want to point out that in doing my stop watch method of practice, I have been following the tips for efficiency mentioned in the LR bible such as knowing the various ways to strengthen or weaken a causal argument or paying attention to things like the language strength to eliminate obviously wrong parallel reasoning answer choices)
Anyways, when I do the test timed, I'm averaging anywhere from -10 to - 8 where I at most, only complete about 18-19 questions and have to pick a random letter for the remainder. Of the ones that I do attempt, on average, I get about 14- 15 right which is really not good. It's also interesting to note that the kinds of mistakes I made under timed conditions would not be mistakes that I would make untimed. For instance, not taking the contrapositive of the author's reasoning or in an answer choice into account. Now the obvious thing I need to do is actually practice under the 35 minute time constraint. However, I noticed other problems while doing timed sections that I was hoping you could give me some tips on.
Firstly, I do feel anxious when I'm taking a practice test or timed section and I've been trying out some of tips mentioned in the resources you linked to me in a previous post.
Secondly, when I do timed sections, I feel like I have difficulty retaining what the stimulus says even if it is not that complicated and subsequently, I have to read it several times. Is there anything I can do to practice improving my retention of the stimulus?
Third, because of the time pressure, I feel like I end up reading the passage too quickly and by the end of reading it, I'm thinking to myself what did I just read?
Also, keep in mind that I do have ADHD and while I am applying for accommodations, I want to be prepared as best as I can incase for whatever reason LSAC denies my request.
I really want to get my score for each LR section down to at least -5 and hope to get an overall score of 160+ and I hope your tips can help me achieve that
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