My First Starbucks Date with the LSAT

Well, there I was at Starbucks. Kids running around, people ordering their drinks in Starbucks-ese, and me, taking my first practice LSAT. I decided to take my first practice test cold. I didn’t know anything about the test. Nada. As luck would have it, Logic Games was my first section.

I better do well. This is like…an IQ test. You can’t study for those things. I think I heard that somewhere. Oprah, or was it Maury? Wait. Of course it isn’t Maury. It’s Oprah, duh. Anyway, focus! There’s only 35 minutes left.

Back when I took the test, logic games were perfectly fitted on a single page. There was no white space whispering, “Hey, write on me, please. It might help you. I like notes.”

Thirty-two minutes left.

Jesus. The rules. I have to understand these rules. It’s almost as if they’re . . . connected somehow. Okay, screw it, maybe the questions aren’t that bad. . .

Thirty-one minutes left. Commence meltdown.

Holy crap, how could they possibly want me to figure THAT out? By the way, what are all of these people doing here? Can’t they see I’m trying to take a freaking test!

It went on just like that until the time ran out. I answered just four questions.  Yep, four lovely elimination questions. I didn’t even bother guessing on the other 18.

What’s the point? I’m not going to law school. Clearly, there’s something very special about our country’s 150,000 law students. I just don’t have it. Maybe I’ll drive a truck, or train some dogs. Does Caesar Milan have an instructional DVD? How is this even relevant to what lawyers do? Eh, what do I know, I’m clearly very dumb. Maybe lawyers do spend their days trying to figure out who gets what kind of carwash.

Somehow, I managed not to walk out. I finished my first practice LSAT, missing 18 questions on the Logic Games section. Months later, when I received my LSAT report, I found that I only missed one Logic Games question. Just one.

Don’t let your first practice LSAT get to you. Things will get better.

For other stories about Blueprint LSAT Prep’s instructors’ first encounters with the LSAT, check out Anna, Branden, and Laura’s reactions.

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