With the December LSAT just five days away, it is time to wrap up your studies and take final measures to ensure that all your hard work is efficiently put to use on the big day.
Below are five tips for actions you can take in the remaining days before the exam. I have had countless students at Stratus Prep find these tips beneficial to their performance on LSAT test day, and you too can use them to find success.
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1. Review your last five practice tests: We all have sections or question that take us more time or trip us up. While it can be tempting to breeze over those questions or give up on your ability to excel in challenging areas, weak sections are your biggest opportunity to gain points on the LSAT.
Before taking the real exam this weekend, go through your last five practice tests and identify which sections and questions gave you the most trouble. Recognizing this pattern now will give you the chance to combat it before you take the test for real.
2. Get motivated: With the pressure of the LSAT weighing on students for the past several months, it can be easy to lose sight of your reason for taking the exam in the first place. I always like to remind my students of the end goal – attendance at one of their top-choice law schools.
To get yourself motivated for the LSAT, review your list of dream schools by visiting their websites and refreshing your memory on why exactly you look forward to being a student there. Reflecting on why you wish to study and practice law is a key motivator for the LSAT.
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3. Focus practice on weak areas: After reviewing your recent practice exams to determine your weakest areas of the LSAT, take the time to focus solely on those questions.
Because the test is only a few days away, you want to zero in on the questions that can increase your score substantially, so rather than taking full-length practice tests – which will rehash material you're already comfortable with – focus on the specific sections and questions that are most in need of improvement.
I worked with a student at Stratus Prep who had mastered the majority of the LSAT material – except for logic games. That is often a tricky section for many LSAT test-takers.
She was still doing full practice tests, so I suggested that she focus fully on logic games. Her performance on that section improved dramatically because she was not wasting effort on material she already knew, and she got a 174 on the real exam.
4. Gather necessary materials in advance: There are certain materials you need to bring with you to your exam, such as a printed photo, your admission ticket and identification.
Print out the checklist from the Law School Admission Council and gather all the materials you need two days before so you do not need to rush to get ready. Any stress you can mitigate a few days before will help you excel on test day.
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5. Relax: The day before the LSAT, do not take any practice exams or do individual questions or sections – do not even think about the LSAT. You have done everything you can to prepare, and now you need this time to let all the information sink in and give your brain a chance to recharge.
Get to bed early so you can rise the next day with plenty of time to arrive at your test center and get situated. Again, you do not want to be rushed on test day, so leave yourself plenty of time to reduce anxiety so you are relaxed and ready when the test begins.
If you have put your best foot forward with your LSAT studies over the past few months, then these final tips will help you achieve the highest score possible.