Tag Archive: february

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LSAC Newsletter: Super Prep II and a February Increase

LSAC recently released its biannual newsletter, and the big news is the planned release of Super Prep II, a new prep book that will include three previously undisclosed LSATs along with explanations for every question. For those of you who weren’t frantically refreshing your browser waiting for LSAC’s thrilling newsletter release, this post is aimed to bringing out the key points for potential LSAT test-takers.

Super Prep II might be useful to prep students for several reasons. First, taking real tests is one of the best ways to test your comprehension of the methods, and some students plow through so much material that the additional exams will feel like manna from heaven to them.

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Is the LSAT Bouncing Back?

LSAC recently released data about the February LSAT, and the number of people who took the February exam increased by 4.4% (as compared to the number of test-takers in February 2014) — one of the biggest percentage increases in years.

This isn’t the only increase we’ve seen recently – in February 2014, the percentage of test-takers increased by 1.1% over the previous February test, and the percentage of people who took the December 2014 LSAT increased by 0.8% relative to December 2013. The jump in February test-takers is significant mainly because it’s so much larger than those other increases. It’s also worth noting that this is the first time in over five years that the number of test-takers has increased in two consecutive test administrations.

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From the Archives: What the Increase in LSAT Takers Means

With the release of February LSAT scores came news that the number of test-takers increased by 4.4%. That may not seem like much, but it’s only the third time in the last nineteen LSAT administrations that we’ve seen an upward tick in registrations — and all three came within the last five tests. To give us an idea of what this means for the next round of law school applicants, let’s dig into the archives for our thoughts on the first increase from one year ago.

About 200 more people sat for the February LSAT in 2014 than for the February 2013 LSAT. What does this mean? Are law school application numbers on their way to recovery? Probably. Will law school admissions become more competitive? Yup.

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Retaking After The February LSAT

After a looong wait, February LSAT scores have finally been released. Although we hope you were thrilled and delighted by your score, odds are that at least some readers are pondering whether to retake the LSAT and, if so, when to do it. We’ve written extensively about how to figure out whether a retake is worthwhile and how to prepare for a second (or third!) round – for instance, this article discusses questions you should ask yourself before committing to a retake, and this article provides a general outline of a study plan for a June retake. Both articles are well worth your time if you think you might want to take the LSAT again.

That said, the February LSAT is rather an unusual beast, so there are a few additional items to consider.

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February LSAT Scores Are Out!

If you took the February LSAT, you probably already know that scores were released surprisingly late last night. While it’s not unprecendented for LSAC to start sending out e-mails late in the evening, that’s probably not much solace to the thousands of LSAT sitters who were literally waiting by the figurative phone.

That said, if you were one of the the folks waiting on LSAC’s bureaucratic machinery, we hope you at least got the score you were shooting for. if you did, congratulations are in order.

If you fell short, of course, the frustrating part about the February LSAT is that you’ll never know what you got wrong. Questions, answers, and even the curve will all remain undisclosed — lost to history like the secrets of the Egyptian pyramids or who shot Mr. Burns.

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Why the LSAT is a Terrible Valentine

It’s brainy, articulate, and financially successful, but don’t be fooled — the LSAT is a crappy valentine. So, though Valentine’s Day be a product of the Hallmark corporation that no one really enjoys, it’s still probably better to spend it with an actual human being than your LSAT studies.

Don’t believe us? Here are a few reasons why the LSAT will make a subpar date on February 14th.

1. The LSAT won’t make you feel pretty
At the start of your date, the LSAT will ask to see your photo ID and a horribly bland recent passport photo of you.

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Should I Cancel My February LSAT?

To cancel or not to cancel. That is the question.

The answer is probably not.

One of my fellow LSAT instructors once almost ended up canceling what turned out to be a 180. Why? Well, he felt a bit weird after the test. Luckily, he realized that it was just nerves, fatigue, and post-LSAT mush head messing with him.

But here’s how you can think rationally about canceling. Write down how many questions you honestly think you missed per section. If you felt like the logic games section went as it normally goes for you, then take off however many questions you usually miss.

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How to Distract Yourself from the LSAT

Tomorrow is the LSAT – the culmination of months of preparation. While you should probably pick out a few questions to warm up with tomorrow morning, your studying is over. Or at least, it should be over.

There’s not much to be gained from cramming in a practice test today, especially if you haven’t given your brain a break in a while. Like muscles that day need time to recover after an intensive workout, you need to take a mental break. Not only will it feel good to distract yourself from the test for a few hours, but your brain will likely be subconsciously processing all of your past studying. That’s right, taking a day off will actually help you better understand the LSAT.

But what to do if Logic Games won’t stop running through your head? Or you can’t help but tag every article in People for author’s intent? We’re here to help.

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Three More Last Minute LSAT Tips

With the February LSAT just a few days away, you should be using your remaining study time to fine-tune your approach. Hopefully by now you’ve nailed down your basic strategy for each section, but here are a few last-minute tips to help you grab an extra point or two. Of course, you won’t want to make any major changes in strategy without testing them first, but it’s probably worth giving these a try as you practice over the next couple days to see if they help.

Logical Reasoning
Underline the argument’s conclusion and refer to it while eliminating answer choices.

You’ve probably noticed in the course of your studying that a lot of incorrect answers are “outside the scope of the conclusion,” meaning that they don’t actually address the argument in question.

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The LSAT and Super Bowl Sunday

Here at Blueprint we accept as something of an inevitability the fact that you’re probably spending this Sunday drunk, covered head-to-toe in body paint, and bloated with guacamole. It’s Super Bowl Weekend; why shouldn’t you?

We’re not here to shout you back to your textbooks. Far from it! We actually think this is great preparation for law school. Look at the similarities: it’s a high-stakes test for future lawyers. The scene will be rife with loud mouths who refuse shut up, and you’re going to feel reasonably certain that half the people there are cheaters.

The similarities don’t stop at law school. In many ways, the Super Bowl and the LSAT are essentially the same (go with me here).