Knowing why answers are wrong is as important as knowing why they are right
It goes without saying that after each practice tests you take that you should review all of the questions and answers in-depth. However, it’s just as important for you to figure out why the answer choices are wrong as much as they are right. As you review each wrong question type, you will begin to notice patterns, traps, and common characteristics of wrong answers.
With enough practice, you will develop an eye for quickly identifying wrong answers. This skill help tremendously and not to mention improve the probability of gaining points from questions you have to guess on.
Learn from your mistakes
Initially, any studying will likely boost your baseline LSAT score by 5-points. However, to truly move beyond this initial LSAT plateau, you will need to break down the test by section and question types in order to capitalize on your strengths and to work on your weaknesses.
To do this, study up on the different logical reasoning question types, take a logical approach to reading comprehension, and prioritize logic game types based on ease or with what you’re most comfortable with.
After each test, review how you did on each logical reasoning question type, reading comprehension question type (very similar to logical reasoning), and logic game type. From here, refer to your trusty question book and continue working on your strengths to maximize your points from what you’re already good at. But also, to realize where the most gains can be made by improving upon your weaknesses.
Simulate testing conditions
With most of us, we like to lock ourselves away for 4 hours at a time to take our preptests or find a nice remote area in the library stacks to work on our LSATs. However, as much as you’d like to practice in solitude, the official LSAT is not offered solitude. On test day, you will hear construction outside, the air conditioning turning on and off, a room full of 15-100 LSAT takers flipping through pages, and a number of possible distractions that come up on test day.
Instead, studying for the LSAT not only includes studying the for the test itself, but also for you to mentally prepare yourself for the center and also how well you can tune out everything around you.
Therefore, to prepare and be ready for test day conditions:
- Take preptests in places where there are people and an reasonably expected amount of noise. Maybe a smaller Starbucks or Borders store.
- If your LSAT test center is near you, go take a tour of the building and classrooms that the test will be held. Without trespassing of course.