Five Tips To Prepare for The LSAT

Monday 11/14/2016

If you’re at the forefront of your legal journey, you might be wondering how to best prepare for the notorious Law School Admission Test, better known as the LSAT. What differentiates this test from other standardized tests is that the LSAT doesn’t quiz what you’ve already learned, but rather projects your ability to do well in law school. Your LSAT score will be viewed as the most accurate measure of your potential to succeed, and therefore, carries a lot of weight in the application process. That means you better have a clear understanding of the test’s format and the type of questions that you will be asked.

To help you out, we’ve put together this list of the most effective ways to prepare for the LSAT. 
Register for LSAT classes. Enrolling in courses taught by qualified instructors will give you an overview of the exam, as well as helpful tools for increasing your score. Because of the unique nature of the test itself, it’s in your best interest to get test-taking strategies from an expert.

One-on-one tutoring. LSAT courses work best when complemented by one-on-one sessions with a tutor. A tutor can address your specific questions or needs and help you prepare accordingly. Not to mention, scheduling sessions with a tutor forces you to stay on target.

Identify your weaknesses. Through repeated practice (or with the help of a tutor), find out which section of the test gives you the most trouble and dedicate time to addressing those kinds of questions specifically. The more familiar you become with that style of question, the better your chances are of getting them right when it’s time for the real deal. An obvious tip, for sure, but you’d be surprised how many students focus solely on their strengths and neglect to improve on their weaknesses!

Timing is everything. When taking practice tests on your own, use a stopwatch to time yourself on each section. This will help you gain an understanding of just how limited your time is to complete each section and will help train you to move through the questions at the right pace. It is common to know the answers to LSAT questions, but run out of time to complete them. Timing yourself as practice on the LSAT is like training for a race—if you can get the right answers in a shorter amount of time, you will improve your overall score!

Analyze your scores. Practice tests are great for acquainting yourself with the unique types of questions you’ll see on the LSAT, but merely computing your score at the end of each test won’t be enough to help you get those incorrect answers right next time. Look closely at what you missed and try to determine why you got those questions wrong before moving on. 

Channel your inner Socrates. Like the LSAT, courses in logic, philosophy, or critical writing require that you analyze complicated theories and repackage those ideas clearly and concisely. Having taken courses in these areas is by no means required, but can be especially helpful when it comes to the LSAT’s reading comprehension topics—which are designed to be unfamiliar to most test takers. Have room for an elective in your schedule this spring? Then think about adding a philosophy course to your workload and get your mind LSAT-ready.

Think you’ll be ready for the February 4 LSAT? Register today. Deadlines are December 21 (published test centers) and December 28th (late registration for published test centers)!