When to take the LSATIt is best to get the test-taking done ASAP, for peace of mind and for the optimal admissions decision. Also, the longer you hold off on taking your LSAT, the later you finish your application. Law school has rolling admissions, so if you wait to apply to your top choices, your chances of admission will have diminished. Taking the LSAT early, allows you to retake it, so that you can improve your score with time to spare. There are several more LSAT testing dates available in 2021. Be sure to keep track of when you need to register.
Hacks to Help you PrepareTo prepare yourself for the harsh reality of standardized testing, here are some LSAT prep tips from Write Track’s founder, Hamada:
- TAKE PRACTICE EXAMS: Note the common mistakes you make in each set of questions and keep practicing them until you feel confident.
- REAL EXAMPLES: Don’t use anything but REAL past exam questions (also known as LSAT Direct Questions), because once you see and understand the patterns in real questions, you will be able to master anything they give you.
- TESTING CONDITIONS: Make sure to simulate real exam conditions and timing. For example, do three sections back-to-back with a minute break. Then, take a 15 mins break and do two sections back-to-back. Also, use the same pencil, timer, and chair you will use/find in the exam. If they don’t allow ear plugs then don’t use them in the practice exams.
The Digital LSATThe digital LSAT is being universally administered electronically on Microsoft Surface Go tablets. They have been pre-loaded with LSAC patented software that features a timer with 5-minute warnings, and interactive options such as answer elimination, text highlighting, and question flagging (so you can revisit those tough ones later). The digital LSAT is comprised of Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Writing Sections.
Here are some hacks that can help during the LSAT:
- Figure out the question type to help you narrow down the answers.
- The digital LSAT test allows you to flag questions. Skip ones that take you a long time to answer, and come back to them questions later.
- Use the text highlighting feature to flag the root of each question. The question is often hidden amongst a lot of other extraneous information.
- Read all the answers before selecting one to help you identify potential test, tricks, and red herrings.
- Practice for speed, because often the exam comes down to technique, practice, and timing.
- If all else fails, just skip hard logical reasoning questions, then come back to it at them at end.