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