Okay, start the countdown. There are 35 days until the October administration of the LSAT. Now, this post will be the beginning of a few that mention specific LSAT prep-tests. You don’t have to stick with the exact ones, but there is a method to my madness. You should start with the lowest ranked prep-test that you have. For instance, pick one in the 30s rather than one in the 50s. I have my hands on most, so I’m going to begin tutoring using Prep-test 30.
The goal here is to familiarize yourself with the test. Hopefully you’ve read the “bibles” for each section. If you have or haven’t, don’t worry, this post will guide both groups to better results on test day. Ideally today (sometime this Sunday) sit down in a quiet place. I prefer a reserved group study room at my universities library, but any similar place is fine. I encourage you to not do these at home. Try going to the public library if you don’t have a university library to use. Sitting at home is just likely to breed distractions. Roommates, family, neighbors, food in your fridge, it all gets in the way.
Once you find a suitable location be sure to time yourself. I know, if you’re just now starting your LSAT prep this is gonna be tough but that’s why you’ve hopefully been studying a bit and now you can focus on timing. This first prep-test today, think of it as a rough rough draft of a paper. We’re trying to gauge where you are. If you have an iphone there is a great app that’s free that actually proctor’s the whole exam for you! Check that out if you’re so lucky.
Now, you really don’t need to bother with the last section, the writing section. I recommend reading a few of the prompts when you have some spare moments just to familiarize yourself with their content, but they won’t be scored. Otherwise, each of these prep-tests will take just under three hours. At the end of each 35 minute section just move right along, as you would on test day. If you don’t finish each section in time don’t sweat it. That’s why we’re doing a month’s worth of them.
At the end of the exam go ahead and score yourself. Yes, blank answers are indeed wrong answers. Now that you’ve seen which ones you got wrong be sure to keep a list. I normally just write out each question, what section it’s from, and what prep-test number it is on a separate sheet of paper. Go over the questions you missed either afterwards or on the off day before the next prep-test. You’ll never learn to get them right if you don’t review them. After about a week of these we’ll do a few other exercises to help you solve them. Long story short for right now though, just make it through a few every other day from here on out. Try to work on your timing. Ideally you can finish each section with five minutes to spare, just enough time to double check one or two questions that have really been giving you trouble.