The June LSAT is one week away. Seven days. One hundred and sixty-eight hours, give or take. Before you freak out, it’s time to figure out how you’re going to make the most of the next week.
If you’re close to your target LSAT score, your job this week is to build confidence and make small refinements to your technique. Contrary to what you might fear, you’re not going to forget everything about the LSAT if you let up a little. Seriously, you won’t. On the other hand, studying like a maniac and burning out won’t help you.
So keep up the timed practice: Do full LSAT sections and a couple full LSAT practice tests. Review them carefully and look to shore up any weaknesses you find. But don’t do too much. Don’t try to change anything you’re doing too drastically. Get enough sleep, eat right, and get some exercise.
If you’re not happy with your LSAT score as it stands, you have some work to do and a decision to make. You can’t cram for the LSAT; if you study all day and all night you’ll just crash and burn. Focus in on a couple areas you think you can improve. Review your LSAT practice test performance carefully, and do some practice targeted to the areas you think you can improve the most. Don’t go too nuts. If you go into the LSAT sleep deprived and nourished by nothing but instant ramen noodles for the last week, you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage.
Then, see where your LSAT practice test score is at the end of the week. If it’s close to where you want to be, you’re good to go. But if you’re more than a few points below an LSAT score you’d be OK with, it might be a better idea to wait for the October LSAT. It’s unwise to count on an LSAT test day miracle. For one, they’re kind of lame compared to, say, Christmas miracles. For another, they’re rare.
Also, the deadline to withdraw from the June LSAT is 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday night.
There are a few other things anyone who’s planning on taking the June LSAT should do this week. Make a dry run by your LSAT test center. Figure out how long it takes to get there. If you’re driving, figure out the parking situation. Take a look around the facilities if you can. Visualize yourself going into that classroom, auditorium, or whatever it is, and rocking the June LSAT.
Stop on your way home to get a passport photo. Not for the extravagant vacation you’ll want to take after the LSAT, but because you’ll need to attach a passport-style photo to your LSAT admission ticket. Check the LSAT blog tomorrow for a post on what you should and should not bring to the June LSAT.
Above all, good luck. You’re on the home stretch. Before you know it you’ll be celebrating having this whole LSAT thing over and done with.
And, hopefully, a good LSAT score to show for it.