How to Prepare the Week Before the LSAT

From how to study to what to bring on test day, this schedule can help you perform your best.

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After spending months preparing for the LSAT, you want to be sure you’re most effectively using the week before the exam to maximize your performance.

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If you are taking the LSAT on a Saturday, follow the schedule outlined below to reach your full potential on this all-important exam. (If you are taking the Saturday Sabbath observer exam on a Monday, just shift this schedule forward by two days.)

Monday: Starting today, repeat your exam day routine each morning. Wake up at the same time as you will on test day and eat the same breakfast. By setting your internal clock to this schedule now, you will remain calm and relaxed on Saturday.

Today, you should also complete a full-length, timed practice test, preferably starting right at 9 a.m., as you will on Saturday. To build your stamina for the real LSAT, be sure to include an extra experimental section, which you can just pull from another practice exam. That way, you will be doing three sections followed by a 10-minute break, and then finishing up with two more sections.

Tuesday: Continue with your morning routine today, but do not do a full practice LSAT, as you don’t want to burn out.

Instead, review some of the LSAT question types that have given you the most trouble throughout your preparation, as well as the methods you have learned to solve them. This will ensure you will be able to effectively tackle these questions on Saturday.

Do one timed section, choosing the one that has traditionally been most difficult for you.

Wednesday: You need to do another full-length, timed practice LSAT, preferably at 9 a.m. again. While you should review this exam after taking it, do not spend more than a few hours studying today. You have already spent months learning to master the LSAT, and cramming will only make you exhausted and anxious.

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Thursday: You should complete and review your final full-length, timed practice LSAT, starting at 9 a.m. In the afternoon, print your admission ticket. If you run into any computer trouble, you will have time to print it elsewhere.

Also, be sure you have a government-issued photo ID, as well as a recent passport-type photo, which you must attach to your admissions ticket. (Make sure you know the LSAC photo requirements.)

Friday: Don’t do any significant studying today. Friday should be your day of rest before “the big race.” If possible, travel to your testing location so that you are sure you know how to get there. Get familiar with the site’s layout by checking out parking, restrooms, and more.

For the rest of the day, relax, have some of your favorite food, and consider watching a movie to decompress.

On Friday night, sign into your LSAC account to check that the ticket you printed still has the most up-to-date information. Sometimes, test locations change at the last minute.

Also, prepare your test day materials: your LSAT admission ticket, photo ID, a few No. 2 two pencils, and an analog watch in a clear plastic bag. Refrain from bringing your cell phone, earplugs, iPod, or hat, as none of these items are allowed into the testing center. Be sure to review the LSAC’s Day of the Test page so you don’t miss anything.

Saturday: Wake up and get ready, just as you have done for the last several days. Eat a hearty breakfast with protein to give you the energy you will need to excel on the LSAT. Try to avoid too much sugar or coffee. If you have a few extra minutes, do a couple of logical reasoning questions and games you have already done to get focused.

Most importantly, be confident. You know you’re ready. Good luck on the LSAT!

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