Preparing for the LSAT
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a 2.5 hour test required for admission to law school. When you apply to a school, it will request your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) documents from the Law School Admission Council, which will include your LSAT scores for the past 5 years. Some schools average all scores, while others take only the highest, but it stands to reason that you should give significant time to preparing for this test in advance.
Timing the LSAT
Determining which test date you should choose boils down to these factors:
Note that common wisdom among pre-law advisors says that you should begin preparing to take the LSAT 3-4 months before your test date, and during that time treat it like a part-time job, studying 15 hours a week.
How to Prepare
1. Get ready to practice:
2. Practice: Schedule as many full-length official practice tests as you possibly can, preferably 10, preferably beginning at the same time of day as the actual LSAT. Each time, use the same routine and location that you will use when you take the actual test.
3. Focus on improving your accuracy. Analyze your right and wrong answers. Between practice tests, develop a strategy for the questions you find harder, and do a lot of related practice questions to become more efficient.
4. Practice faster. With each subsequent test, gradually reduce the amount of time that you allow for each section, working down to 25 minutes per section in order to increase your efficiency and to accustom yourself to the pressure. Here's how to do that:
5. Between tests, analyze your performance. What are the patterns of the questions you've been getting right and those you've been missing? Do you consistently do better on certain types of questions than on others? How is your strategy working so far? Polish your approach so that it is automatic.
6. How are your scores so far? About 2/3 of the way through this process, after about the sixth full-length practice test under shortened timing, take a full-timed practice test or two to get a sense what your score will be on the actual LSAT when the minutes you have shaved off your practices have been restored.
7. Don't skip any of these steps.
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