Top LSAT Tips Part 3

On Test Day

Prepare your zip lock bag at least a day in advance

Let’s face it, this isn’t a weekend trip to New York. You’ve been studying for months (hopefully at least weeks) and the last thing you want to happen is you realized you left your eraser or extra pencils at home. That way, take advantage of what LSAC allows you to bring into the room and be prepared.

You’re allowed up a 1-gallon or 3.79 liter zip lock bag. Find one of these at your local grocery store and make sure you pack your:

  • LSAT admission ticket
  • Valid government issued ID
  • 4 sharpened wooden #2 pencils
  • Analog (non-digital) watch
  • Highlighter
  • Eraser
  • Tissue
  • < 20 ounce beverage
  • Snack

Eat a light breakfast

In order for you to get to your local test center on-time, sit through the standard administration protocol, and taking the actual LSAT, LSAT test day could take up well beyond 7-hours. That’s why it is absolutely imperative that you have a nice energetic and light breakfast. Skip the bacon and sausage and go for some cereal, fruit, or oatmeal to provide you the solid energy and focus to get you through test day.

Bring a snack

You arrive at the test center, you sit through the standard ID checks and administration, and after the first three 35-minute sections you’re on break. During this time, take a stroll outside (as far as the administrators let you go) and grab a snack to power you through the last two sections and the writing sample.

When I took the test, I recommend bringing something easy to carry like a granola bar or yogurt with a plastic spoon.

Note: Officially, in addition to ll of your testing materials, you’re allowed to place your snacks and beverages in the 3.79 liter zip lock bag.

  • Beverages: Up to 20 ounces in a plastic container or juice box

During The Test

Fill out every bubble

Every right answer counts, but every wrong answer doesn’t take away from your score either. The LSAT does not punish wrong answers and therefore if you’re ever short on time or have a 6-7 questions left with just a few minutes, spend your last few seconds filling out the remaining bubbles.

Now I know a ot of you, me included, have some tendency to try and rationalize guessing. Whether it’s filling out all Bs and Cs or just filling out the least amount of bubbles. The point is, it doesn’t matter. It’s all statistics and everything you would like to think about the best way to guess it doesn’t matter.

Instead, decide on a method ahead of time on how you want to guess, if you want to fill out all As, then do it, Bs, then do it. Want to do a pattern? Sure, go for it. But whatever method you decide, pick one ahead of time, practice it during your preptests and just do it. The last thing you want to do is waste valuable seconds during the LSAT on how you want to guess. It’s just silly.

Don’t talk about the test with others during break

Not because you shouldn’t discuss games or talk about answers, but most people that take the LSAT have absolutely no idea what they’re doing. Most of the people you will talk to during break will either be completely confused about the past logic game or stressed that they didn’t finish the last logical reasoning section.

Since you will be prepared and in tip-top shape, there’s no need for sharing in the anxiety of others nor getting yourself worried. Relax during the break and make sure you’re fresh for the final stretch run.

After the test

You’re finished! Relax! After all your careful preparation, take some time off and don’t even think about the LSAT. Begin preparing your law school applications if you like, but it’s time to relax and FORGET about the LSAT.

DO NOT obsess overwhen your LSAT score will come out or refresh your LSAC profile page 5 times an hour to see if the score will miraculously appear a week earlier. It won’t happen.