A lot of things happened to me last week and early this week, I just couldn’t open a notepad and begin starting my blog. The irony here is i am in my desk for 9 hours (well, it really depends on me) with a PC on it, of course, and not being able to type a single word.
Last week was excusable. I had to “prepare” (whatever this word means) for my LAE (Law Aptitude Exam) (read: procrastination). But I never really did. It is so funny how I collected review materials and for all sake, wasn’t able to open (not even browse) them. Oh well, I just thought to myself, there is nothing really to review anyway. I mean, although you could actually enroll in a review center and take review classes (for law entrance exams), what you can basically get from these centers are just tips. And these tips, they won’t help you much. So it is really you and yourself who will do all the maneuvering. I mean, come on, you cannot really cram and “know everything” in just months. Not even a year, I think. As the word says, aptitude. Therefore, it is an exam to test what you know in your 20+ years of education. So, did I really prepare? I say, I just condition my mind. And just let it be.
How did the LAE go?
I found it hard, of course. The test was time-pressured and before I can “half-finish” it, I just learned from the proctors that I had already consumed all of my time for it. The test consisted of 7 sections. The first part — abstract reasoning — was easy. I was able to finish it on time. But finishing it on time did no good to me. After the first section, I felt relaxed in answering the second part — i think it was, logical reasoning — so I took all my time pretty well — deliberating each and every number, as if I had the luxury of time. But no! By doing such, I was just able to answer a third of it. And so, my intuition said I had to answer letter B to all the unsolved items. Haha. I can just imagine how it would go. And so the third part was just relative to the second, but this time, my wild guess was tuh-da! Letter C. 🙂 … And then down to the seventh part..
The last section is the essay: My Idea of Law. In this part, we had only to write an essay about the given topic for 30 minutes (and not 30 minutes and 10 seconds). No extra sheet for the draft, haha, so i just drafted it in my head. Uh, I cannot really remember if I even drafted it. Haha again. 🙂
So what I’m saying here is really nonsensical. I just thought that among the thousands of up law students-wanna-be, the college will just get not even 10 per cent of it. Well I hope it will reach 5 per cent though. All the examinees, I believe were all smart people. The guts alone for taking LAE was already something. In terms of the aspirants’ grades (as college grades is one of the bases of admission), I believe everyone had an equal footage on this. Majority, if not all, had exceptional grades in college. So what’s the fuzz?
I say luck. 🙂 This will be the third and final (and maybe the best) make-or-break, do-or-die factor for UP LAE qualifiers.
Oh well, if I had it? Luck? I don’t know. Only time will tell. 😉