Category Archive: General LSAT Advice

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Should I cancel my September LSAT score?

You have a few days left, but, if you’re considering canceling your September 2016 LSAT score, it’s time to give it serious thought.

Directly below, you will find a timeless classic of Blueprint videography, To Cancel or Not to Cancel, featuring Blueprint founder and certified LSAT-cancelologist, Matt Riley.

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Oh crap. It’s September. I’m not ready.

Maybe you’ve been prepping for the September LSAT but your practice test scores are well below where you’d like them to be. Maybe you intended to take the September test, but time got away from you, and suddenly the registration deadline was long gone. Maybe you were planning on taking the December LSAT all along. Either way, fear not – taking the December LSAT is not the disadvantage many 0Ls seem to think it is.

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The LSAT Writing Sample

When I took the LSAT back in nineteen-dickety-two (actually, 2006), it consisted of five multiple choice sections of thirty-five minutes apiece: one section of Reading Comprehension, one of Logic Games, two of Logical Reasoning, and one Experimental section that constituted an extra unscored section of any one of the three section types. I and most of my LSAT contemporaries felt brutalized by each one of those five sections on test day, and we were glad when it was over.

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Timing & Endurance, the Final LSAT Frontier(s)

The September LSAT is a few weeks away, and it’s time to start thinking seriously about timing and section strategy. Most Blueprint courses are wrapping up the new material around now. It’s time to review a bit and shift your focus to the big picture. Here are some tips: Start by reviewing any problem areas.

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The LSAT rubber meets the road.

I taught Lesson 13 to one set of students last night and will teach that same lesson to another set of students the day after tomorrow. In Blueprint world, that’s where we reach the end of new subject matter, and the rest of the course is devoted to shoring up understanding of that subject matter and the nuts and bolts of taking the test.

This period of transition is important, but it’s also jarring. No less important is the fact that it occurs each class very close to test day. To wit, at the time this post was written, there were twenty six days left until the September exam. So, here’s a brief rundown of what you ought to do:

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The most important word in “practice exam” is “practice.”

Getting LSAT questions right feels good. Getting them wrong feels bad. Getting a whole bunch right on a practice exam and seeing your score skyrocket feels amazing. Seeing your score stagnate — or worse — feels really crummy.

For many Blueprint students, here comes Practice Exam 2.

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Slow down there, LSAT student!

At the beginning of Blueprint LSAT Prep’s courses, many students are understandably more than a little anxious about timing. There are a whole lot of questions on that sucker; how will they ever be able to get through them all?! And, to be honest, that anxiety will likely continue for a large portion of the course. That said, it’s a bad idea to stress about how quickly you’re getting through questions during the first half (or so) of your course, and here’s why.

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So, the magical LSAT journey begins.

Studying for the LSAT is an overwhelming amount of hard work. Any LSAT prep company out there that sells it as anything LSAT — one crazy hack that lets you ace the LSAT! — is not worth its salt. Unfortunately, after teaching the Blueprint course exactly four-zillion-and-two times, I’ve found that many of my students don’t come to grips with this fact until the course is already well underway.