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Emily's LSAT Diary:
As I was heading into my senior year of college, I had my heart set on getting into a great law school and going back to school immediately after I graduated. I wanted to apply for the 2014 Fall cycle, so I opted to take the LSAT in October 2013. Without doing much research at all, I signed up for an online Kaplan prep class that started in July. Throughout that summer, I didn’t really keep a strict schedule and studied when I found the time. I took about 4 practice tests before the real test. I wasn’t scoring well, but I figured maybe I would pull something amazing off on test day. Well, test day rolled around and (surprise surprise) I ended up scoring a 148. This was worse than my initial diagnostic score of 150. Luckily, Kaplan offers the Higher-Score Guarantee or your money back policy and I ended up getting credited for the entire course.Throughout my senior year, various thoughts went through my head. I was already in debt from attending my undergrad institution; I couldn’t afford to pay full tuition for a law school. I knew if I was going to go to law school, I needed a competitive score that would win me some scholarships. “Should I change my career choice? Am I cut out to be a lawyer? I bet I would make a dang good nurse!” I’ve always had my heart set on becoming an attorney ever since I was a little girl. I knew I needed to buck up and get my hands dirty to get the score I wanted.A friend of mine who had scored a 169 and received a generous scholarship from Cornell referred me to Steve’s website. After looking it over and reading numerous victory stories of people who jumped 20+ points on the LSAT, I decided that I wanted to be one of those people too. I noted that many people who experienced score increases relied on self-preparation instead of classes. After all, no one knows you better than yourself, right? So I decided that was the route I would take as well.