All Things LSAT: Your October Guide to the Spookiest Standardized Test! |

All Things LSAT: Your October Guide to the Spookiest Standardized Test!

October 10, 2019

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Where will you be on Monday, October 28 at 12:30pm? Enjoying your afternoon? Or taking the LSAT? Even if you aren’t taking this LSAT, you should have either taken one already, or be registered to take one ASAP! 

Most law school applications open any time between the end of August to the beginning of October (aka now) with some schools, like Duke Law, rolling out acceptance letters as early as the end of October. With this in mind, it’s safe to say that if you haven’t already done so, you should get a jump on perfecting your LSAT score. With the October LSAT test date fast approaching, we at Write Track Admissions thought it’d be a great time to address the scariness surrounding the LSAT.

When to take the LSAT

It is best to get the test-taking done and over with, not only for your own peace of mind, but also because the longer you hold off on taking your LSAT, the longer you wait to finalize your application package, and the later you apply to your law school choices. If you are waiting until January to take the LSAT, your chances of admissions will have noticeably diminished by the time you get the results and finalize your applications. 

New Exam: Digitizing the LSAT

The actual test taking process is a whole different matter. As of September, the 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). This is a huge change from the normal pencil and paper, or the optional digital test that was available this past summer. However, that change does not mean a change in content structure. The digital LSAT will still be comprised of Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Writing Sections. 

Ultimately, test taking is not much different than the original LSAT, but here are some hacks that can help when you go to take the digital LSAT test:

  • The digital LSAT test allows you to flag questions, so skip ones that take you a long time to answer, and come back to them later with this simpler flagging system
  • Use the text highlighting feature to flag the root of each question – often the real question is hidden amongst a lot of other extraneous information. 
Hacks to Help you Prepare

To prepare yourself for the harsh reality of standardized testing, here are some LSAT prep tips from Write Track’s founder:

  • PRACTICE EXAMS: Keep taking past practice exams! Note the common mistakes you make in each set of questions (see the 5th bullet for what to do with this info):
  1. Before the exam, identify question types that slow you down and keep practicing them, until you feel confident (find past practice ones for this purposes)
  2. During the exam, figure out the question type to help you narrow down the answers
  3. Read all the answers before selecting one to help you identify potential test tricks and red herrings
  4. Practice for speed, because often the exam comes down to technique, practice, and timing
  5. If all else fails, just skip hard logical reasoning questions, then come back to it at the end (mark those using the new highlighting feature and practice this)
  • 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 exact 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).

If you follow this methodology, you will already be ahead of the game. And if for some reason you don’t score where you want to, keep a cool head and try again! Write Track’s Founder, Hamada, took the LSAT 3 times and still did not do great, but managed to get into Berkeley Law! It is important to stay strong in the face of adversity, even when that face is an electronic test staring you down! A strong application can help balance out test score weaknesses!

LSAT Scoring

While on the subject of test scores, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page regarding how, exactly, the LSAT is scored. Your LSAT score is comprised of a raw total of the number of questions you answered correctly, which is then converted into a score in the range of 120-180. The average LSAT score is 150… but if you have your sights set on attending a top law school, your score should be in the “well above 160” range. 

 

If you are not meeting your LSAT score goals, contact Write Track for help with rounding out your application so you can ensure you have the best chance at getting admitted to your dream law school, just like our Founder. 

 

Aly Hartman | Write Track Communication Officer
Write Track Admissions

 

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