You’ve probably thought a lot about what to do during an LSAT, but have you thought about what to do before the test? It’s easy to let those little details fall by the wayside in favor of more pressing matters, but your test morning routine can absolutely help set you up for success. Here, we’ll take you through a quick outline of what your morning should probably look like.
Given that a lot of people taking the LSAT are in college, having to be at your testing center by 8:30 am can represent a pretty significant departure from normal schedules. A week or so before the test, start waking up at the time you’ll need to get up on test day. This will help reset your sleep schedule so that you won’t be sleep deprived during the test.
Breakfast may or may not be the most important meal of the day, but it’s definitely important on test day. Although you can bring a snack with you to the test, you won’t be able to eat your snack until the break after the first three sections, so it’s important to eat something that will stick with you until then. You don’t want to be remembered as the person whose stomach grumbled during all of Section 3.
Do a Power Pose
Or, you know, don’t. But it is a good idea to do something to psych yourself up before you get to the testing center. Put together a playlist of pump-up music (my go-to song during my LSAT studies was Jay-Z’s “On to the Next One”), look at yourself in the mirror and say out loud “I will dominate the LSAT,” or whatever you need to do. It might feel cheesy, but confidence is key when it comes to doing well on test day.
The single most important thing you can do for yourself is a warm-up. No, not like calisthenics; a warm-up for the LSAT should include five to ten easy Logical Reasoning questions and a super-simple Logic Game that you’ve done before. You’re not trying to challenge yourself or do anything that will freak you out immediately before the test.
And that’s it — you’re at the testing center and ready to go. Buckle in for a bumpy ride, but do so knowing that you’ve put yourself in the best possible position for success.