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The Role of Luck on the LSAT (and How to Prepare for it)

Today, all across the US and Canada (this is an LSAT blog, after all), many people of Irish heritage and not-one-bit-Irish heritage alike will celebrate St. Patrick by wearing green, drinking things that are green but aren’t normally supposed to be (If I must drink something green, make it a Chartreuse and soda), and generally carousing about town getting utterly plastered.

Nonetheless, it makes for a good excuse to discuss the role of luck in the LSAT. For the most part, the LSAT is a predictable test. Practice tests will generally give you a good gauge of where you stand. But at the margins, chance can play a role on LSAT test day. Here are some ways it can factor in.

How Luck Plays a Role on the LSAT I: The experimental section

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How Learning the Piano is Like Learning the LSAT

As an LSAT instructor, I’ve come across students with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. I’ve taught college football players, chemistry PhDs, and trapeze artists. One way I try to personalize the experience for them is to relate the LSAT to something from their own lives. Given the diversity of my students, this has sometimes proven challenging (except with the trapeze artist, obviously).

Today, though, I thought I’d compare the LSAT to something from my own life that I know and love well: the piano.

I have played the piano for 22 years, which is almost as long as the modern LSAT’s existence. Put another way: my piano playing is older than Miley Cyrus (which might explain why I prefer my music to hers).

The following are a few parallels that can be drawn between learning the piano and mastering the LSAT:

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Drawing LSAT Prep Inspiration From Classic Christmas Tunes

You probably don’t know that when I’m not teaching LSAT prep, I’m a freelance musician. Which means that my last few weeks have been full of corporate holiday parties, not-so-corporate holiday affairs, and, well, you get the idea. And lots of Christmas music. And the LSAT.

So I thought it might be nice to draw lessons for LSAT prep over the next week from Christmas songs. Expect strained analogies to follow.

“The Christmas Song” is often associated with Nat King Cole, but it was written by Mel Tormé (like many of the composers of Christmas songs, he was Jewish). The song’s opening reference to chestnuts roasting on an open fire has a lesson for those studying the LSAT. Roasting chestnuts require care and attention. If you get distracted for too long, you’ll end up with burnt chestnuts.

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5 Keys to Not Being a Turkey on December LSAT Test Day

Hank, our LSAT blog editor-at-large, gave me the topic of “5 Keys to Not Being a Turkey on December LSAT Test Day.” There’s no way I’m giving him a pass and coming up with something that isn’t as cheesy (plus, who doesn’t love cheesy? My holiday-themed movie marathon includes It’s a Wonderful Life, so clearly not this guy), so I present to you…

5 Keys to Not Being a Turkey on December LSAT Test Day

Key #1 to Not Being a Turkey on December LSAT Test Day: Anger, fear, aggression. The LSAT are they.

You’ll be going through a range of emotions over the next week and a half. In fact, you’ll probably go through the entire range of emotions over the next week and a half.

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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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How LSAT Prep is Like an NFL Training Camp

It’s almost August, which means two things: NFL teams have reported to training camp, and Blueprint’s LSAT prep classes for the October LSAT are underway. Even though you don’t need to show up to your first LSAT class in game shape, and you won’t ever be penalized $2 million for failing to show up to “optional” LSAT team workouts, there are some parallels between the two.

How LSAT Prep is Like an NFL Training Camp I: You have to learn the playbook

NFL offenses have notoriously large playbooks. Memorizing their contents is no easy task for the players. But it’s an important one: if you don’t know the plays, you’ll have trouble staying on the field. Studying for the LSAT doesn’t involve nearly as much memorization, fortunately for you. But think of it as building a playbook.

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Nemo-Affected February LSAT Test-Takers Await Their Fates

When asked to write a post about the February LSAT reschedules due to Winter Storm Nemo, I realized I could go one of two ways: Either shove as many Finding Nemo jokes into these paragraphs as possible, or spare you the puns. But there are too many people out there who are freaking out over the extra time they now have to fill before taking their LSAT, so I won’t be clowning around.

Nemo itself came and went. Here in New York City, we got about a foot or so. It was miserable outside, but quite warm in my apartment. With my peppermint schnapps-filled hot chocolate. My 12-pound dog hated it, but even he survived the arctic winds.

The storm did, however, close down a number of February LSAT testing centers.

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Hang in There: Only Two Weeks ‘Til the February LSAT

The February LSAT is 15 days away. Does that make you freak out? In two weeks and a day, you’ll be sitting in an LSAT test center tackling a fresh slate of logic games, reading comp, and logical reasoning. And even though it’s perfectly normal to freak out, going crazy doesn’t help you prepare. Channel that energy into your studies so that you’re confident you’ll be as ready as you can be on LSAT test day.

If there are any changes to your technique you think you need to make, those should be your first priority. Likewise, any bits or pieces of the LSAT you haven’t covered yet in your studies or aren’t sure how to deal with, you should get to as soon as possible. It’s important that you be consistent in the way you practice over these next two weeks. You’ll be refining your approach as you go, of course, but it isn’t generally advisable to make significant changes to your technique in the week before the LSAT.

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Spend Your Last 2 Weekends Before the October LSAT Wisely

Today is Friday, September 21, and we are getting awfully close to the LSAT. If all goes according to plan, two weeks from tomorrow you’ll be doing the last logical reasoning questions, reading comp passages, and logic games of your life. There are only two weekends left before that happens. So how should you take advantage of these weekends? Well, by doing LSAT practice tests, for the most part.

Many of you work or go to school full-time, so the only chance you may have to take full LSAT practice tests is on the weekend. It’s important you don’t squander these opportunities. Another big plus of taking an LSAT practice test on the weekend is that you can take it at the same time that you’ll take the actual test – at roughly 9:30 in the morning.