Tips to Bolster Your Weakest LSAT Sections

Twelve days until the December LSAT! Whether you’re terrified or excited, this will all soon be in the past. To make sure you get the LSAT score you’re looking for a week from Saturday, you’ll want to keep taking plenty of tests and reviewing said tests. As you’re reviewing, here are some tips for improving in individual sections.

Logical Reasoning – Pay attention to what types of questions you’re missing specifically. If you miss a certain question type more often than others, go back and review that one question type, refreshing yourself on the strategies used. In addition to brushing up on question types that you might be rusty on, make sure to pay attention to timing. Getting to the end of the section in time can be a major challenge, and you might find yourself suddenly rushing in the last few minutes. Try not to rush at the end, or you’ll start missing nearly every question you get to. Rather, try to add the speed in the beginning. The difficulty of LR tends to increase as you move forward, so speed up on those easier questions that you’re less likely to miss. This will buy you the time you need to slow down on the later, more difficult questions.

Logic Games – Do them! Many, many, many of them. As you get used to doing the same operations again and again, you’ll get faster and faster. One of the best ways to help with this is to do the games just like you would on a test – a bunch in a row without breaks. If you’re taking a practice test you’ll be doing this anyway, but even when you’re just reviewing a few at a time do them like this. It forces you to build up your endurance on games, and gets you used to suddenly switching gears as you move from one game to another. And always review your games after you do them – you should find and pay attention to any mistakes you may have made so that you can prevent them from reoccurring.

Reading Comp – For reading comp, staying focused can be a major problem. As you’re reading, try to actively engage yourself in the passage. If you can convince yourself that you’re interested in what you’re reading, you really will do better. And to work on the endurance, always do several RC passages in a row. You should sometimes do up to 8 passages in a row, as it’s entirely possible that you’d get two RC passages back to back.

No matter what, make sure to keep up the work and keep taking those extra LSAT tests! This will soon just be an unpleasant memory.

4 Responses

  1. sb says:

    My question is about variation – my score ranges from the mid 150s to the high 160s. Why can’t I get some stability into my scores? Sometimes, my puzzles are amazing, and sometimes they are horrible. I can range from 0 wrong in arguments to about 7. The only thing that is stable is passages – with about 7. But I’m okay with that. I find those really hard. Any advice as I walk in on Dec 3?

  2. Colin says:

    The LR misses are probably due to general consistency issues. Make sure to do warmup before tests, go in calm and confident, and get plenty of sleep the night before, and that should help clear it up. The same thing might be happening with games, but it’ll be really important to review the games. Take your time to go over all your misses, figuring out why whatever you did was wrong, and why you should have done it the correct way. That will help correct your mistakes right after you make them, preventing them from happening again.

    Good luck!

  3. Prachi Mehta says:

    What if we find that our biggest weakness at this point is timing — if we’re running a couple minutes behind on the LR sections (rushing through #20-25 with only like 5 to 6 minutes left) or if we only find ourselves running a minute or two short for the last passage?? My guess the best way to fix this is just practice timed sections over and over again but I have a strong inkling that Blueprint has a recommendation against doing sections and tests back to back all day long … so what do you suggest?

  4. Prachi Mehta says:

    Also, what’s the best way you recommend for reviewing the reading comp passages from the diagnostics? There aren’t any really video explanations, or PDF’s for the RC on practice exams (understandably so) — but how do we go about identifying our mistakes in RC?

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