Making The Last Weeks Before the July LSAT Count

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For many, the Fourth of July offered a welcome reprieve from work, diets, and thinking about the LSAT (though not from the heat, in many parts of the country). Now, with the Fourth of July out of the way, it’s a straight shot ’til the July LSAT with nothing to distract you — for better or for worse! Here are some things to keep in mind during the two and a half weeks ’til the July LSAT:

For the next week and a half:

Drill, baby, drill, and test, baby, test. That’s the name of the game – you should be following a cycle of taking a practice test, identifying areas where you could use improvement, practicing those areas, and then repeating. Make sure that for each phase of this process, you’re also reviewing each question thoroughly; reviewing is probably the hardest and least fun part of studying for the LSAT (and that’s saying something), but it’s also the only thing that will keep you from repeating the same mistakes over and over, so it’s absolutely worth it.

When deciding what skills to focus on while drilling, keep in mind where you might be able to find the biggest wins. Each question is worth the same amount, so while it might be more fun to practice Logic Games until you can get a perfect score on the section, your time might be better spent by focusing on Logical Reasoning questions (which account for half of the test).

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to upload your photo by July 13, so put that on your to-do list for the next week.

The final week:

This week, the name of the game is confidence — confidence will help you battle test-day nerves and make decisions without second-guessing yourself. You can fit one or two practice tests in the final week, but at this point, those tests are mostly for final tweaks, and you shouldn’t feel like you need to cram in as many tests as possible. In fact, if you take a test and do well, it’s a good idea to stop there (and spend the rest of the week drilling or doing timed sections) — ending your practice tests on a high note helps with that whole confidence thing.

Other than that, the final week pre-test is for logistics; make sure you know exactly how long it’ll take to get to your test center, make a plan for your breakfast and what snack you’ll bring, and assemble your test day materials. Make sure those test-day materials include a brief and simple warm-up that will get your mind ready to go (and if you haven’t been using warm-ups til now, make sure to try it out on a practice test).

The next two weeks and change will fly by, which is both a blessing and a curse; with these tips, you’ll be able to make the most of ’em and be ready to rock it on test day.

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