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Making the Most of Your LSAT Practice Tests

As we come down to the wire here, practice tests are increasingly important as an LSAT practice tool. They’re hugely useful for replicating the experience of a real test, and for exposing you to more and more questions.

But a practice test is perhaps most useful for helping you identify what you don’t know – and if you aren’t testing with that in mind, then you’re far from optimizing those PTs. How can you make sure you’re getting the most out of those grueling hours? By focusing on your errors.

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Why Aren’t My Practice Test Scores Improving?

Hey, you baseball players out there – remember a year or two after tee-ball when your coach took you aside and told you that what you thought of as your graceful Hammer-of-Thor swing was, in fact, rubbish? And then you had to completely reconstruct your approach? Well, the process of studying for the LSAT is a little like that – here’s how.

The LSAT is a skills-based test with no prior knowledge required. This means that when you take your first diagnostic test, you’re naturally going to be coming up with strategies and methods and heuristics on the fly. This is great in the fight-or-flight circumstance that is that diagnostic test, but when you think about it, it’s obvious that the approach you conjure up under pressure is unlikely to be perfectly aligned with the most efficient and effective methods.

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LSAT Prep Tips for Thanksgiving (and Thanksgivukkah) Break

Today marks both Thanksgiving eve and the beginning of Hanukkah. Not only is this a momentous and rare occurrence, it also ensures that any member of the Jewish faith will add at least an inch to his/her waistline before the beginning of December. While this all sounds wonderful in theory, it’s an eight-day stretch fraught with peril for the Jewish LSAT student, let alone those who have only Thanksgiving (and annoying relatives, and possibly final exams) to deal with.

It would take an LSAT student of extraordinary discipline to resist the delights of the season. The food and beverage bonanza that is Thanksgiving can scarcely be ignored, and it ought to be enjoyed. Just take care not to over-enjoy.

I took the December LSAT in my time and I can remember studying over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Danger: Too Many LSAT Practice Exams Can Bog You Down

Because the LSAT is a timed, 4-hour test, it’s widely believed that the best way to study for the LSAT must be to take as many full, timed LSAT practice exams as possible. However, that’s like saying the best way to train for a marathon is to run a bunch of marathons.

LSAT practice tests are important, but you can overdo it. Taking LSAT practice test after LSAT practice test in the hopes that your LSAT score will go up through brute force is a futile endeavor. Here’s how to escape the futility:

First of all, save timed LSAT practice exams until later in the process. They’re much more useful and informative once you’ve studied everything that’s going to be on them.

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1 Month Until the December LSAT: Practice LSAT Scores OK?

The December LSAT is coming up in exactly one month. Seriously, look at a calendar. If that thought makes you panic, look at it this way: you still have a full month to go before the December LSAT.

Many Blueprint LSAT Prep students have recently taken their second LSAT practice test. You may be wondering how much that test says about how well you’ll perform on the LSAT in a month. The perhaps surprising answer is that it doesn’t say very much at all.

I’ve had plenty of students whose LSAT score stayed the same or even dropped a little on the second LSAT practice test, and who then went on to see very large gains. I’ve also had students whose LSAT score has shot up right away. Either way is fine. If you’re not happy with your LSAT score on the second LSAT practice exam, there’s no reason to worry.

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Don’t Freak Out About Your First LSAT Practice Exam Score

Most Blueprint LSAT Prep live courses for the spring started on Sunday. This is big time super fun news for our students as they embark on their journey to a big time super fun June LSAT score. But as far as journeys go, this can be a rather traumatic one. If you’ve never taken an LSAT before, it’s a punishingly difficult test that’s incredibly long and tiring to boot. As you take it for the first time, you generally have no idea what the hell’s going on as you frantically bubble in those 125 multiple choice answers. When it’s finally over you stumble home in a daze, grade your LSAT practice exam, then get your LSAT score.

At this point, most people panic. Feelings of dread and uncertainty fill you when you see that your LSAT score is lower than you’d like. Like, way lower. Like, “Jesus Christ, oh, Jesus Christ” lower than you’d like.

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Finding Your Stride Two Weeks Before the December LSAT

To those about to take the December LSAT, we salute you.

You have about two weeks left before you take the all important exam, and some of you are no doubt in full-on, teeth-chattering, knees-shaking panic mode. You know what I say to that? I say that’s probably just fine.

Believe it or not, it’s not my opinion that confidence in your December LSAT preparedness is the biggest deal in the world. Frankly, I don’t think it’s possible to ever feel as prepared as you want to be for what may be the biggest standardized test of your life. Even if you’re consistently scoring where you want on LSAT practice exams and you’ve done all your homework, doubt and worry still manage to creep in. It just means you care.

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What to Consider Before Cancelling Your October LSAT Score

If you took the October 2012 LSAT, then the window for cancelling your LSAT score is rapidly closing. You have only six calendar days from the day of the October LSAT to formally request that LSAC cancel your LSAT score (so, by Friday). Lucky for you, they offer a number of ways for you to pull the proverbial ripcord.

You can 1) send a signed fax, 2) overnight a letter or 3) send LSAC’s printable cancellation form by expedited mail. Make sure you actually request an LSAT score cancellation, include your name and LSAC account number and a signature. Then just wait for confirmation that your parachute was properly deployed (no mixing metaphors in this paragraph!).

Now that we’ve got that bit of housekeeping out of the way, you need to decide whether or not to cancel your LSAT score.

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What to Do and What Not to Do this Weekend Before the LSAT

Today is Friday. All that separates you from the June LSAT on Monday is a long weekend. It’s ok. Take a deep breath. Everything’s going to be alright. To help get you through the LSAT eve weekend, we’ve got some tips for what to do and what not to do in this final home stretch.

DO get yourself into a routine. The nice thing about the June LSAT is that you can sleep in, but you should still go to bed and wake up every day at the same time from here on out. This will help get you to sleep the night before the LSAT, and will make Monday feel like just another day.

DO NOT go to bed too late or wake up too early. You need to be getting plenty of sleep not only the night before the LSAT, but the nights leading up to it as well.

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The LSAT Prep Adventures of Cecilia Tsoukalos: Time Out

Y’all ever seen that movie where Brad Pitt plays a soap salesman operating a terrorist cell from the basement of a dilapidated house? As much as I’ll always love Fight Club, Tyler Durden was wrong when he said you are not a unique and beautiful snowflake. Surprise: in the LSAT world you really are! As you’ve made your way through the course it’s likely that you’ve started to figure out which question types you’re consistently performing better on.

If you have your schedule organized to the second and your shoes are arranged by shoelace length, chances are you find ordering games pretty self-explanatory. If you pay attention to minute details and remember when the girl sitting next to you last wore the same outfit, you’re probably owning the Reading Comp section.