An important factor in performing well on the LSAT is to carefully create a study schedule that works for you and stick to it. Ideally, you will start to prepare for the LSAT at least 8-12 weeks in advance. However, you can design an LSAT study plan that fits into your timeframe.
As you review the following tips, remember that this is just a general guideline. The schedule you design must be realistic and work for you taking into consideration your study habits and time commitments.
Create a schedule for each week and each day of the week for the length of your study regimen. Use test prep books as a guide to mapping out a detailed study schedule. The first week of preparation should involve familiarizing yourself with the LSAT exam and its question types.
- Explore the Law School Admissions Council’s website: LSAC.org. It contains a lot of critical information about preparing for and taking the LSAT.
- Register for the LSAT. The earlier you register, the more likely you will get your preferred test location.
- Take a diagnostic LSAT exam. They are available at LSAC.org. Taking a timed, diagnostic test will give you a starting point as to where your strengths and weaknesses are, and give you an idea as to the realities of taking the LSAT.
- Review the portion of your LSAT prep materials that discusses strategies for preparation and test taking.
For the next several weeks leading up to the week before the test date, design a schedule that allows you to methodically work through the 3 different types of questions.
- Using the organization of your LSAT test prep books as a guide, starting with the logical reasoning section (as it tends to be the most difficult to master), read through the materials and complete practice questions. Carefully review the answers and analyze your mistakes.
- Each week take at least 2 full-length, simulated tests. This will help you see your progress in understanding the different question types and will help you focus on what areas need more attention. Taking full-length timed tests will also help you build up the necessary physical and mental stamina to successfully make it through test day without becoming drained before the end of the test.
During the week before the LSAT, wind down your study schedule. Continue to practice, but devote fewer hours.
- Continue to work on practice questions.
- Take 2 simulated LSATs.
- The day before the exam, do nothing. Relax.
There are LSAT tutors, classes and counseling, and other online resources are available to give you tips and support. Lastly, do not panic. If you begin preparation well in advance and you stick to a schedule, you will have a good LSAT test day.
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