Colin Elzie’s Best LSAT Stories

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As you work through this last month to get your best LSAT score, things might seem rough at times. But keep up the hard work and you’ll have the best LSAT day possible. To help you along your way, here are some of the best LSAT stories I’ve come across. How exactly will this help, you ask? I don’t know. Motivation? Shut up.

Best LSAT Story I: The Case of the Fishy Snack – As you know, you can (and of course should) bring a snack for the break to give you energy for your best LSAT day possible. Most people bring granola bars or sandwiches or Nacho Cheese Combos or some such thing, but I had a student who once insisted on bringing sushi. I’m not sure how she ended up feeling later that night (what with eating raw room-temperature fish and all), but during the test itself it ended up working out well. The psychological comfort that accompanied eating her favorite food apparently gave her a big mental boost and she landed her best LSAT score yet.

Best LSAT Story II: The Case of the Non-Rising Score – In 2008 I had a student who started at 150, but her second, third and fourth practice exams showed absolutely no improvement. She knew the methods, was doing a whole ton of practice, but just didn’t see any bump. In a fit of frustration, she decided that she wouldn’t go to law school. But she resolved to take the test anyway, just for the hell of it. Her score was in the 170s. It seems that her anxiety was driving her score back down. As soon as she didn’t care about the implications of the test, her true potential shined through and she had the best LSAT day she could. (She ended up going to law school, of course).

Best LSAT Story III: The Case of the Asshole Proctor – As you should probably know, you can’t bring phones into the testing center. Often people do anyway. Some proctors don’t care, and that seemed to be happening last year at the testing center at Columbia University. The proctor said that people should bring their phones to the front to leave in a box until the end of the test. A number of people volunteered. They were all instantly dismissed. Harsh? Sure. But the moral is that if you follow the rules you won’t have anything to worry about. Bring only what they tell you to, and it’ll just be you and your best LSAT score.

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