As May rolls on and spring makes its entrance (very slowly, in the case of the Northeast), we are now officially one month from the June LSAT. If that sounds scary to you, it shouldn’t—a month is actually still quite a lot of time to prepare for the LSAT, and you can improve your score pretty significantly during that time. Here’s what to do to ensure you’re making the most of it.
1. Take another practice test to assess your progress
The rate of practice test taking should ramp up as you get closer to the test, so it’s fine if you’re not taking too many practice tests right now. That said, this is a great opportunity to take a test in order to figure out your progress. Don’t worry too much if you’re still working really slowly—that’s something to focus on during this last month, and your speed will improve naturally by quite a bit as you keep practicing. Instead, focus on the areas where your performance is the weakest, and devote some extra time to practicing those types.
If your performance is about the same across the board, that’s A-OK too—if you’re still getting quite a few questions within each type wrong, that’s a sign that you should go back and review things across the board. If you’re getting things mostly right, but just missing the hard questions, make sure to review those questions especially thoroughly; the LSAT likes to reuse a lot of the same tricks, so you need to make sure you can easily identify those tricks.
2. After you’re solid on the methods, start timing yourself
I’ve had a bunch of conversations with students this week, and every single one of them has said that they feel like they’re just really slow when working through sections right now. This is fine, expected, and normal! Here’s how to improve your speed for each section:
Logical Reasoning: As you’re trying to speed up, make sure that you’re still taking all the proper steps (diagramming, underlining the conclusion, anticipating the right answer, and so forth)—these things sometimes fall by the wayside when students are trying to rush, and it is always to the student’s detriment. From there, the way you’ll get faster is by anticipating the correct answer, which in turn helps you eliminate the incorrect answers more efficiently. Practice anticipating the answer for every single question, and after you finish the question, review exactly how you should’ve been able to find the right answer.
Reading Comprehension: There are two ways you might be wasting time on RC: (1) annotating the passage too much, or (2) working through the questions too slowly. After each passage, figure out where you’re wasting the most time, and how you can address that going forward.
Logic Games: Deductions, deductions, deductions. After every game—even if you got everything right—go online and review how others set up the game, and what deductions they found. If there are deductions you should’ve found, or you did find the deductions but it took you too long, redo the game until you’re able to efficiently find the deductions on your own.
From here on out, you’ll be doing a lot of this type of post-mortem—assessing why you weren’t as efficient as you could or should have been, and figuring out how to fix that problem going forward. If you’re diligent about following this strategy, you will see returns on both your accuracy of speed. Best of luck with this final month!