LSAT Tips From Past Test Takers
1. Know Why You Are Taking the LSAT
I know many people who were not sure they wanted to go to law school, and the LSAT can be much more difficult if you are not sure about the end result. I also know people who were good at taking standardized tests, and they just wanted to see how well they could do. My LSAT tutor actually fit into this category. There are others who take the LSAT on a whim and do incredibly well and then find themselves pressured into a legal career that they never wanted. My advice is to carefully consider why you want to take the test. None of these rationales are wrong, but you may find it easier to study for the test if it is truly something that interests you.
2. Planning ...read more
In terms of the LSAT, I cannot stress the importance of practicing daily on your weaknesses. As with many standardized tests, many people, when given an unlimited amount of time, can score well. However, there is a time limit. Learning how to take the test is only half the battle. Taking the test well in the allotted time is the real struggle.
I would suggest using the PowerScore Bibles to learn tips and tricks and get practice approaching exam-like questions. However, it is imperative to through Official LSAT tests regularly, as they mimic the test you will eventually take. It is also important that you read through your answers and understand why you got them wrong. The Logic Games section is the one that is objective enough to be mastered with the most practice. The other sections will likely cause ...read more
I would definitely recommend taking an offline course.
I took the Kaplan LSAT Advantage. This course provided a way for me to stay on track and keep up with my progress. The structure really helped someone like me that would not have been able to create a structure for myself.
Further, I was able to ask an actual person about any questions that I had and she could provide immediate explanation. I could also e-mail my Kaplan teacher any questions I had while I was studying on my own. This advantage would not been available had I not signed up for an offline course.
The course also provided individual feedback and I could see the exact areas that I needed to work on. This was extremely helpful. When I started I was ...read more
The LSAT is designed to assess your critical thinking and writing skills prior to entering law school. This is done through its 5 sections of logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, reading comprehension, and an essay which allows you to show off your ability to argue using the facts provided. While many of us have picked up most of these skill sets throughout high school and college, no class (at least none that I've taken) has structured logical or analytical reasoning the way the LSAT does. It may even seem foreign to you when you first lay eyes on a logic game. This is why it is important for you to familiarize yourself with how questions in each section are formulated - that way you can be comfortable with them and even develop a strategy in answering them ...read more
Take a practice test and see where you score. Then decide how many weeks you want to study for it. Studying about 85 hours may be perfectly fine for some people while others could benefit from studying 120 hours. Just give yourself the time to study and you'll do well.
I attended PowerScore Full Length LSAT Course in preparation for the October 2010 LSAT. The course was about 12 weeks long, and met twice a week for either lessons or taking practice exams. The only additional test preparation that I did was taking a few additional practice exams. I definitely recommend taking a full-length in-person course if you can. It sounds like a slick salesperson line to rationalize the cost by thinking of the course as a drop in the bucket compared with the cost of law school as a whole, or your scholarship and eventual career prospects with a better score, but it is somewhat true.
For me, the benefits of taking a full-length, in-person course are that the instructor and your classmates will keep you accountable if you slack off on your study time (like I tend to ...read more