The time has come. The December LSAT is tomorrow, reckoning day for thousands of pre-law students the world over, and the chance to finally test your mettle against the logical labyrinth that is the LSAT. With no time left to prepare, only one thing matters now: Are you ready?
And since today is the last day to withdraw from the December LSAT without consequence (minus the loss of your registration fee, of course), it’s important that you spend some time honestly assessing this question; but how do you know? Sure, you may be sick of the LSAT, blasphemously cursing Thurgood Marshall himself in your eagerness to be done with this damned test – but apathy and a desire to be done does not mean you’re ready. And on the other end of the spectrum, you may be thoroughly intimidated by the idea of the LSAT and would ideally want another year to study – and still be ready now.
So how do you decide if you’re ready? That’s what we’re here for. Below is a list of six questions. Answer them truthfully, then tally up your total to determine whether judgment day comes tomorrow or whether you should postpone your salvation a couple months.
• In the last three weeks, how many times have you reached or surpassed your goal score on an LSAT practice exam?
• Are you afraid or excited by the December LSAT being less than 24 hours away? (Afraid = -1, Excited = 2, Dazed and Confused = 0)
• If you averaged your three most recent practice exam scores, would you be happy receiving your LSAT score on the December exam? (Yes = 4, No = 0)
• Did you fully commit to preparing for this LSAT? Have you studied and prepared as much as you could in the given time, or did work, school or possibly pure procrastination interfere with your studying? (Max Studying Achieved = 2, Slacker = 0)
• Is this your first time taking the LSAT, and if not, what happened on the first test? (First time = 0, Canceled previous score = -1, Bad previous score = -3)
• Are you a nervous test-taker who freaks out under pressure, chewing on pencils and possibly nearby people, or do you rise to the occasion and find motivation in stressful situations? (Nervous Nelly = 0, Cool Calm Collected = 2)
If your total is six or more, then tomorrow is your lucky day (hopefully). Stop thinking about the LSAT for the rest of the day, go get a massage, and rest up for tomorrow. It’s go time. Good luck.
If your total is less than six, you should consider postponing your LSAT for a later date. I know this is not what you want to hear at this time, but it’s not the end of the world, in fact, it may be a blessing in disguise. Use this as an opportunity to drive your LSAT score way up, like 175 up; gain a mastery over the material and get that awesome score you deserve. Why not?