The December 2011 LSAT Prep is Underway

As thousands of students eagerly await their scores from this past weekend, other lucky students are just starting their journey into the LSAT — the December 2011 LSAT, to be exact.

For many of you, taking practice exam 1 last weekend was your first exposure to the LSAT. And chances are, you’re not happy with your score. This is good. Having just enrolled in a prep course, it would be aggravating (to say the least) if you could already score a 175. More importantly, this dissatisfaction can be used to great effect — so channel it. Use it as a motivation to study, as a motivation to attend class, and as a motivation to sacrifice Tuesday Night Drinking Club (at least until December).

What you don’t want, though, is to be discouraged. If your first score is dramatically lower than your desired score, it’s easy to despair. This is unwarranted and certainly counterproductive. Your PE1 score is in no way indicative of your potential, or in any way correlative to your ability. The LSAT is a truly unique test, unlike anything you’ve experienced, but it is an entirely learnable skill. And lucky for you, you have access to some of the best instructors in the biz.

Your score is simply your starting point. Where you end up is determined more by what you do now — whether you rise to the challenge and study, or give up and get a Master’s degree instead. Yes, you may be further from your goal than you’d like, but it is an attainable goal, and one worthy of the effort. To be absolutely clear – there is no reason why you can’t jump from a 120 to a 170 — and if you’re already telling yourself that you can’t, you’re just making excuses to avoid all the hard work needed to get there.

For some of you, this should especially ring true. Those of you who took a summer course and didn’t quite feel ready for the October test made the right choice in postponing. The next few months will allow you to go deeper into the logic underlying the test, to gain a mastery of it, and to reach the score that you deserve, the score that you will have earned with all your hard work. There is no limit to how much you can improve – use this as an opportunity to drive your score into the 70s.

For the vast majority of you, however, this will be your first time with Blueprint. Welcome to the family. The path before you may seem long and treacherous now, but we’re here to help. Our methods work, and we’d love to help you master them. And in no time you’ll be tackling the most fearsome logic games, the most convoluted of conditional statements, and the driest reading comp passages with supreme ease.

7 Responses

  1. Kyle says:

    I’ve gotta agree here, I’ve been doing the online version for the last couple of weeks and have been taking some of those extra practice tests every Saturday just to get more used to taking the test under timed conditions. After the first couple of lessons my score jumped up six points, and after the next lesson I saw a dramatic improvement on the sections that I’d studied so far. I’m looking forward to seeing how I do tomorrow now that I’ve started in on the characterization family.

    • Nick Rey says:

      That’s awesome. It feels great when you can see improvements that quickly and noticeably. Keep up the good work.

      I would cation you against doing a lot of practice exams this early in the course though. It’s more important at this point to master the methods. Don’t worry about timing yet; timing follows skill. If you can do it well, doing it fast will be easy.

      Also, practice exams become increasingly helpful as you cover more of the different question types and methods. You don’t want to use them up early in the course before you’ve even had a chance to see characterization and operation questions. I would hold off on any other PEs until you finish Book 2. And just imagine how big of a increase you can make by then…

  2. Gulliver says:

    Any study plan recommendations for Blueprinters (specifically for online students) who are canceling their October score and retaking it in December?

    • Nick Rey says:

      Taking the course a second time should be a dramatically different experience. You already have a familiarity with all of the methods and questions types, so your focus now should be towards a deeper understanding (and ultimately a mastery) of the methods.

      Structure your studying around your weaknesses. The first thing you need to do is figure out what held you back the first time. What concepts were you shaky on. Focus on bringing these sections up to par (don’t neglect other sections/types though). And it may not be specific question types you have trouble with, but rather general things, like equivocating in answer choices, or misdiagramming… Assess your performance, find your weaknesses, and fix them.

      You should be able to go through the lessons a little more quickly this time, but don’t neglect reviewing the methods. Many retake students like to just jump right back into general review or mixed sections – dont. Instead you should work your way back through the lessons and make sure you’ve mastered each method. And always anticipate.

      Good luck.

      • erika says:

        Thanks so much, this really helped! I am taking the course for the 2nd time too but this time I have the video supplements as well. If timing is my weakness when should I begin timing practice? Should I start now while I am reviewing all the lessons or start in Nov?

        • Nick Rey says:

          I wouldn’t worry about timing until about a month before the test. Now’s the time to focus on getting better – just review the lessons and methods now. Speed will follow if you master the logic – especially anticipating.

      • Gulliver says:

        Thanks a million! I will be ready to dominate the LSAT come December 3rd. :)

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