Thanks for the question! Let's break this down into two parts: first let's talk about hitting 170, and then let's talk about your admissions chances.
Can you hit 170? I think it's possible. You are already scoring in the 160s, and so you aren't that far away. And, to go from, say 162 to 170 requires that you answer fewer additional
questions correctly than going from 152 to 160. So, given that you started at 143 and you've already come a long way, you are now over the toughest part, and in the downhill stretch. And congrats also just on how far you've come—an 18-21 point increase is awesome, and I love the fact that you are aggressively looking for more
They key to reaching the 170s will be for you to reduce the variance that you are seeing in each section, and to minimize the damage in each section (as opposed to suddenly just acing one of the sections, which is less likely to occur within a month). For example, 4-8 wrong in LG is strong, but it's not likely that you could suddenly go to 0 wrong. However, if you could get that down to 2-3 wrong consistently, that would be enough. So, your goal is to incrementally improve in each of the sections. Some of the scoring variance you are seeing is likely the result of the casino effect
as well as section difficulty balancing
, but that can still be overcome, and tends to even out in the long run.
As you move through the next few weeks, rigorously track the questions you are missing in each area. The only way to see what you need to improve is to isolate the questions and concepts that currently giving you trouble. Then, as you start to see areas of concern, go back into your PowerScore Online Student Center and review some of the modules that address those concepts, as well as the lesson and homework sections on those topics. And return here to ask us questions about the concepts that are still troubling you.
I'm also glad to hear that you still have some unused PrepTests available. First and foremost I'm a big fan of taking practice tests and getting used the the conditions you will experience during the actual LSAT. So, try to take as many tests as you can (within reason!) over the next few weeks. And as you near the December LSAT, take the most recently released exams (the 2012 LSATs, the June 2013 LSAT, and the October 2013 LSAT, for example). In our courses we reserve these tests for practice, and I avoid using the most recent LSATs in the Bibles just so that everyone has cold PrepTests where they haven't seen any of the questions in study material. How you score on those tests in the final days before the December LSAT will give you a really good idea of whether or not you will hit 170.
Let's now turn to the admissions question. With a 167 and 3.68, LSAC's UGPA/LSAT search tool
indicates the following chances:
- Cornell: between 34% and 44% admission chance
UCLA: between 29% and 40% admission chance
Georgetown isn't included in that database, so let's look at one of the coolest sites out there, Law School Numbers
, and check the 2012-2013 graphs to see what they might show us about the three schools above:
- Cornell: Once you get to the 167 LSAT score and above 3.6 range, you start to see a lot of acceptances and wait lists at Cornell. But every point counts here, and the acceptances get even better at 168 and 169.
Georgetown: Georgetown in 2012-2013 looked very similar to Cornell, with the difference being that Georgetown dipped a bit lower on the GPAs accepted (this is true although the GPA axis for Cornell goes to 4.4 whereas Gtown goes to 4.6; if you look at the range between 2.0 and 4.0 for each, Georgetown is definitely shifted downwards, which is good for you at Gtown). Again, it's 168 where the green acceptances really start to appear heavily.
UCLA: UCLA may be the toughest for you, although you have an advantage in that they will know your undergrad better than Cornell or Gtown do. On your numbers alone, your are very borderline--you see a lot of waitlists right in that zone. Once you get to 168 (which is looking very much like a magic number for these three very similar schools), the number of acceptances jumps up.
One bonus fact that could help: with LSAT test taking numbers down again this year, fewer people will be applying to law school, meaning you have less competitors for spots in each class. Although many law schools are cutting class size in order to keep their numbers the same as in previous years, there is going to be pressure to open the doors a little bit wider to candidates who are right on the line. The bottom line is that while there are no guarantees in the admissions game (and your softs need to be top level across the board), if you can get into that 168 and above range, you will have a legit shot at each school, and likely land at least one acceptance from that group.
Please let me know if the above helps, or if you have any additional questions. Thanks!