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Two Weeks Until the February LSAT: Ready to Roll, Right?

The February LSAT is 15 days away. Catch your breath. It’s going to be OK.

By now you should have covered everything that’s going to be on the LSAT. Your job over the next two weeks is to put it all together. If it’s not quite there as of now, that’s OK.

It’s normal not to feel ready yet. This weekend, because you need to know where you stand and you need to practice taking full tests, you should take at least one LSAT practice test. No, you don’t get to watch the Pro Bowl. But let’s be honest: Would you even be tempted to watch the Pro Bowl if you didn’t have LSAT studying to procrastinate?

Review those LSAT practice tests verrrry carefully. You can improve on the score, but you need to figure out where that improvement needs to come from.

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Four LSAT Prep Study Tips for MLK Day Weekend

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coming up Monday, today, for most people, is the start of a long weekend. If you’re prepping for the February LSAT (three weeks away!), you need to spend this time wisely. Here are some tips:

Long Weekend LSAT Prep Tip #1: Don’t worry about your practice LSAT scores

This is not the time to dwell on your practice LSAT scores. You are still about two weeks away from your best. I’ve seen plenty of students make double digit jumps in their practice LSAT scores during this time. So don’t freak out about not being above the median at Harvard just yet. Such worrying will only distract you from what you really should be doing: practicing.

Long Weekend LSAT Prep Tip #2: Work on your weaknesses

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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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The February LSAT is Weird, But Weird Can Be Good

If you plan on taking the February LSAT, then today would be a good day to start studying. But, if you’re superstitious about doing anything on Friday the 13th, or you’re not sure about taking the February LSAT, then I have some advice for you.

The February LSAT is kind of weird. For all the other LSAT administrations you will have exactly one “experimental” section, but for the February LSAT the whole thing, in two ways, is “experimental.”

First, some of the content might be slightly weird or unusual. Maybe you’ll get a prompt that’s going to be hard to pin to a question type. Maybe a weird Logic Game intro will show up. Such things shouldn’t be a major issue for you. If anything truly weird or unusual comes up, it will be weird and unusual for everyone, and the LSAT score “curve” will reflect this.

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December LSAT Test Day: Do You Know What to Bring?

The December LSAT is two days away. You’ve come a long way to get this far, but there are few more things you need to know for Saturday.

What You Need to Bring on December LSAT Test Day

To get into your December LSAT test center you will need to bring the following items:

• December LSAT admission ticket with passport-style photo attached
• Photo identification
• One gallon clear plastic Ziploc bag

LSAC recommends that you wait until the night before the LSAT to print out your admissions ticket, since they may make some last-minute changes.

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Blueprint LSAT Prep Courses Open for 2014 February LSAT

There’s a lot going on in the world of LSAT next weekend (Dec. 7 and 8). With the December LSAT going down that Saturday, the baton changes hands Sunday with the start of Blueprint LSAT Prep’s winter 2013-2014 classroom courses in preparation for the February LSAT.

Because of law school application timelines, the February LSAT is the least popular LSAT that LSAC offers. However, Blueprint LSAT Prep still has six locations where you can take an LSAT prep course (as well as our online LSAT course, which will grant you access for the June LSAT, as well!).

Here’s a rundown of Blueprint LSAT Prep classroom courses for the February LSAT — all of which start on Dec. 8, 2013:

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October LSAT Prep Should Be Shifting Into High Gear

The October LSAT is coming up in 19 days. It’s time to talk about speed: you should have covered more or less everything the LSAT might throw at you by now, so now it’s your job to figure out how to do it faster.

One of the first keys to picking up the pace is knowing what you’re doing. If you’re still hazy on identifying LSAT Logical Reasoning questions, or on how to approach some of them, now’s the time to work that out. If you’re not sure how to symbolize some common rules on LSAT Logic Games, get that squared away STAT. Being unsure how to approach things wastes a lot of time. And being confident in what to do, step by step, makes things go by much faster.

Time yourself as you practice, and pick up the pace gradually. Try to work more efficiently, not just faster.

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Friday the 13th: Putting the ‘Dead’ in LSAT Deadline Weekend

As if Friday the 13th weren’t frightening enough, today is also the final deadline to register for the October LSAT. If you’re planning to take the October LSAT and for some reason you haven’t registered yet, now is the time. Seriously, right now. You’ll have to pay the LSAC an extra $70 for registering late, but after today there’s no way to get signed up.

Today is also the last day to change your LSAT testing center or date for a fee of $83 by mail, phone or fax. If you’re doing so online, you have until Sunday, Sept. 15. Check out yesterday’s LSAT blog post for some advice on whether to take advantage of this opportunity.

If you’re still on board for the October LSAT, it’s getting real.

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October LSAT Early Withdraw Deadline is One Week Away

You are no doubt keenly aware that there is a little less than a month until the October LSAT.

If the thought strikes fear into your heart, you’re certainly not alone. And that’s okay – you’re not supposed to feel ready at this point, or even close to ready. The last month is when things should start coming together for you, so although you’ve still got plenty of work to do, there is no cause for concern at this point.

In related news, September 13 (one week from today) is the last day to withdraw from the October LSAT and receive a refund. This is important for two different groups of people:

As we discussed last week, anyone who is unhappy with his or her October LSAT testing center should be primed and ready to go on the 13th.

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3 Tips to Stay Sane as We Close In On the October LSAT

The October LSAT is in 30 days. Four weeks plus two days. However you look at it, the October LSAT is sneaking up fast.

If you’re studying for the LSAT, that thought probably doesn’t comfort you right now. You might feel like you have to spend every waking hour between now and the fifth of October thinking about the LSAT.

You might even feel like the LSAT is starting to make you go a little crazy. Don’t let it. Even though you have a lot of work to do in the next four weeks, it’s important that you figure out how to stay sane and avoid burning out. Here are some suggestions:

How to Stay Sane Before the October LSAT I: Take a day away from LSAT prep

You may feel like you can’t afford to take a day off, but the gains to your mental health will more than make up for any time lost.