Thursday, April 20, 2006

Grad Test Prep

I just read a bunch of threads at a site for people getting ready to take the LSAT (they have threads for the GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL as well). It was an icredibly depressing business. It was divided into three clearly defined groups: shills for test prep companies; arrogant narcissists trying to bully other posters with displays of what I'm sure they thought were impeccable examples of logic; and what seemed like an outnumbered band of young innocents who sincerely believed they were at a website that might help them prepare for grad school admissions tests. The existence of the first two groups depressed me terribly, and as did watching the third group slowly discover how useless the other posters were.

The graduate admissions tests take practice and seriousness of mind. Obnoxious shills and self-centered preeners don't contribute anything to anyone's preparation. AutoAdmit appears, after a very quick glance, to be somewhat useful, but I can't say it's wise to waste too much time on the threads it provides.

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