Throughout the course of your LSAT preparation, you’re going to find numerous tips, approaches, and strategies to the LSAT. Whether it’s the order to approach the questions, method in attacking reading comprehension, or use of formal logic in games, the following are the top tips that have proved their value over time.
Take a diagnostic exam
Before you start your LSAT preparation, take a diagnostic exam cold (don’t study for it). This exam will serve as your benchmark in identifying your weaknesses, your strengths, and act as your point of reference to track your progress. LSAC offers a free LSAT with the answers for you to self-proctor your own exam. Another way to receive a free proctored exam is to contact a local test prep office near you.
While taking practice tests, do 5 sections
As only 4 sections (2x logical reasoning, 1x reading comprehension, and 1x logic games) actually factor into your LSAT score (the writing sample and a random experimental section is not scored), people often fall into the trap of only taking 4-section practice tests while studying. While you will deduce a score, this will only provide you a minor glimpse at the endurance required on test day.
Instead, grab a random section from an older LSATs and mix it in with your preptest. Also, to really build your test-day endurance, complete the writing sample at the end of the test as well.
Take as many prep tests as you can
There are now over 50 prep tests available. While LSAT prep books and LSAT prep courses are terrific at aiding you to hone in on certain test sections or questions, the best way to actually prepare for the LSAT is to take as many timed LSATs as possible. This way, you continually work on your pacing, timing, and simulate test day conditions as much as possible.
Warning: While another one of our tips is to take the LSAT once, there are instances where illness or a horrific test center experience may lead you to cancel your score. In these situations, it will be great to keep 10-15 available LSATs that you haven’t taken before to prepare again for the next LSAT.
Although earlier in your test day preparation, it’s perfectly fine to take a few tests or complete a few test sections untimed in order for you to familiarize yourself with the test. However, as you’re within 1-2 months of your test date, it’s imperative that you take timed tests. Guessing on 7-8 LSAT questions because you ran out of time could be the difference between a 168 and a 161 LSAT score.