It’s the week of the February LSAT, and if you’re taking the test this week, you might be wondering about how best to spend your final few days. Luckily, we’ve got your back. Here’s the rundown on what the rest of your week should look like in order to ensure maximum preparedness this weekend.
As a small aside, this schedule is written for someone taking the Saturday test administration. We trust that anyone taking the test administered for Sabbath observers can use those ace deductive reasoning skills to adjust the timeline accordingly.
You’ll need to wake up bright and early on Saturday morning, and unless you’re some kind of sleep prodigy, it’s likely that you’ll get less-than-perfect sleep on Friday night. Fortunately, one night of mediocre sleep won’t hurt you as long as you’ve been getting plenty of sleep in the preceding days. Similarly, that early alarm won’t be a problem as long as your body is accustomed to it. That means that it’s time to start setting your sleep schedule now. Try to go to bed on the early side tonight, and — and this is the crucial part — set your alarm tomorrow for whatever time you’ll need to wake up on Saturday. Sure, tomorrow morning might be a little rough, but that’s worlds better than feeling the same amount of suck on Saturday. Tomorrow night, you’ll feel tired a little earlier than usual, and then you’ll keep waking up at the same time and going to bed earlier for the rest of the week, and you’ll be right as rain by the time the rooster crows on Saturday morning.
Wednesday or Thursday
It’s time to take your final timed practice test. Ideally, you’ll take a recent test (like the one administered in December 2017, if you haven’t taken it already). It’s not a huge deal if you have to take an older test instead, but the more recent tests are likely to be the most similar to the one you’ll see. Review the test thoroughly and brush up on any skills that need particular attention.
Somewhat counterintuitively, we strongly recommend that you not study the day before the LSAT — you’re not going to learn anything you haven’t already picked up in your months of diligent practice, and you’re more likely to freak yourself out or exhaust your brain.
Instead, Friday should be a pretty relaxing day for you — take this as an opportunity to spend some time doing whatever you haven’t been able to do while the LSAT consumed your life. (Unless that thing is getting — we definitely don’t recommend that you do that.) It’s not a bad idea to get some exercise, but don’t do anything crazy. Basically, try to stick to your normal routine as much as possible.
Make sure you’ve reviewed LSAC’s list of what to bring and what not to bring, and that you’ve packed your gallon bag accordingly. Get your snack and beverage ready to go. Look up directions to your test center and figure out what time you need to leave in the morning, allowing yourself plenty of buffer; you want to keep the amount of stress you encounter on test day to the absolute minimum possible, so if you’re running late in the morning and feeling stressed about getting there on time, that’s gonna be a bummer.
And of course, make sure that you get to bed early tonight — as previously discussed, you’re probably not going to be able to sleep like a log, but you’ll still want as much sleep as you can get.