Category Archive: General LSAT Advice

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Taking the LSAT in 2019? You May as Well Take the July Exam

As we noted last week, LSAC has finally revealed details about the testing schedule for next year, including the logistics for how the transition to an electronic test will work. If you’re considering taking the test next year, this is a good time to hammer out exactly what timeline you intend for your test.

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One Last Piece of Advice …

I’ve been writing blog posts about the LSAT regularly for more than six years, and this is my last one, at least for now, as I move on to new things. It’s been fun, but I won’t bore you with stories about the olden times when logic games were on one page each and you had to bring an extra-sharp pencil to write super small in the margins.

Instead, here’s one takeaway, and it’s one you can use as a student. Sorry, I can’t stop myself.

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From the Vault: Understanding Your LSAT Score: The “Curve,” Explained

In a surprise move, LSAT scores were released late last night (so much for day-old promises, LSAC), which means a bunch of LSAT students have a shiny new LSAT score. You’ll hopefully hear lots of score recipients gushing about their scores, and you’ll probably hear some folks who are bummed out as well (we’ll have a post for those guys in the next couple days).

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A Complete Guide to When Stronger or Weaker Answers Are “Better”

For some kinds of Logical Reasoning questions, stronger answers are better. For others, weaker answers are better. Are you having trouble keeping track of which ones are which? If you’re trying to memorize it one question type at a time, all of this will get much easier if you understand one simple rule. Here’s the fundamental principle.

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Thinking About Retaking the LSAT?

September LSAT scores are due back at the end of the end of the month, and if you were among the many who capped off your summer by taking that test], you may now be facing the quintessential existential conundrum of whether to retake the test in November. If so, here are some things to ponder while you twiddle your thumbs awaiting your score:

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Getting to Yes on the LSAT

Before you start law school, the one book everyone will tell you to read is Getting to Maybe. As its subtitle How to Excel on Law School Exams might suggest, it’s a tract on how to excel on law school exams. Its essential thesis is that up to law school, most exams lavishly award students who can identify the “right” answer. But a law school exam — in which complex fact patterns are devised with no clear “right” answer, requiring students to apply legal analysis to both sides of an issue — is a different beast that requires a different approach. The book describes how to live and thrive in this land of “maybe” in which law school exams exist.

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What I Wish I Knew About Test Day Before Taking the LSAT

While I was studying for the LSAT, I put a lot of stock in each practice exam score and even the individual questions I was practicing. Since the practice tests are one of the best indicators of how you’ll perform on the exam, I’d grade my practice exams with enormous stress and anticipation, as if those practice versions were going to determine my future. One thing I didn’t think about enough before taking the LSAT was how the actual test day would be different from practice. This is what I wish I knew about test day:

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What I Wish I Knew About Logical Reasoning Before Taking the LSAT

This week, we’re going to do a series in which a bunch of LSAT veterans are going to discuss what they wish they knew before taking the LSAT. Today I’ll kick things off by talking a little about what I wish I knew before taking the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT.

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September 2018 Test Takers: You’re Going to Kill It Tomorrow

It’s a busy day for those taking the September LSAT: They have only one more day until their months-long nightmare has ended.

Based on my experience teaching the LSAT, almost no one feels ready for test day when it finally arrives. After all, there’s always something else you could have studied if you’d had just a little more time; you didn’t get around to reviewing Must Be True questions containing exactly 3.5 conditional statements, and what if LSAC decides to make this test one based entirely on Must Be True questions???!!!