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Thanks for the update. I agree that the LSAT has changed over the years, and one of the strong recommendations we make is to take somewhat recent prep test as the exam approaches, if only to be in touch with the current question styles.
However, here's the the thing that really worries me: you seem a lot more focused on what other people think about your chances than you should be As I've mentioned before, I have a healthy degree of respect for the knowledge that gets shared on chat boards, as well as by friends, but at a certain point, you simply have to realize that when it comes to how you will perform, it is all speculation and guesswork. Could you score lower on the actual exam than you do on your PrepTests? Certainly, the possibility exists. For the record, the possibility also exists that you might score above your PrepTests, because I've seen that happen too. Do I know what will happen for you? Nope, because it's up to you.
I want to say this delicately and diplomatically, but it is difficult: the truth is that you aren't showing mental fortitude when you allow the opinions of others to impact you in this fashion. If someone tells me that I can't do something or that I will be bad at it, my reaction isn't to think that they may be right. My reaction is to set out to kick their ass. And to do so in such a brutal fashion that there is never a doubt thereafter as to who is in charge.
My point is that inside every high scorer there is a believer who doesn't listen to doubt, and who takes the fear of others and uses it to their advantage. You have to be an LSAT killer, and an LSAT killer wouldn't waste time on thinking that they might not be able to get the job done on test day. So, you need to shed this doubt, and begin to believe that you can dominate the LSAT.
If you stop and analyze your situation, you've come a tremendous distance. You've already done what most people would say is unlikely, if not typically impossible ($5 says that if you posted from a new account on any chat board that you had a 143 and were looking to score in the mid-160s that their resulting comments you would receive would be decidedly negative). And, at this moment you aren't all that far from where you want to be. So, stop worrying about the experiences that other people have had because they won't be taking your test in December. You will. If you have to shut out the naysayers in the meantime, then do it. If you walk into the December test with doubts, you already know what I think the result will be. So, you've got a few weeks here to take command of the situation, accept that you've already done something special, realize that this makes it more likely that you could continue to do something special, and then go out and do it.
I'd say good luck, but this is a situation you control. So go control it
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