Tag Archive: lsat test day

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So What’s the Deal With the LSAT Writing Sample?

The LSAT has six sections. The last of those sections is often ignored, but since you’ll have to deal with it on test day, we’re going to talk about it today.

The writing sample always comes at the end of the LSAT, after all five multiple-choice sections. The proctors will collect your test booklets and answer sheets, then pass out the writing sample topic and the sheet on which you’ll write your essay. You’ll have 35 minutes to plan your essay and write.

The writing sample isn’t scored, but law schools will see it. It isn’t likely that your writing sample will play a big role in whether you get in, as long as you follow directions. It would look really bad if you were to blow off the writing sample entirely, or doodle pictures instead. Writing Twilight fan fiction probably isn’t the best idea either.

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Avoid These Bad Habits When Studying for the LSAT

You’ve gotten a handle on the strategies for the LSAT. Now all that’s left for you to do is practice them. What habits should you avoid getting into so you can be at peak preparedness come test day?

Unrealistic test conditions
Taking the actual test is a high-pressure event, so you want to replicate those conditions as closely as possible.

Studying in Complete Silence or in Noisy Conditions
While it may make things easier for you to study in complete silence, this is not what’s going to happen on test day. Your neighbor will be tapping her pencil, fiddling with her collar, and playing with her hair (how does she have so many hands?!). You will be distracted—if you let yourself. That’s why you need to practice at not being distracted when there are distractions.

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How to Choose an LSAT Test Date

Choosing your LSAT test date is like falling in love. How do you know you’re ready?

You just know. When you know you know.

But actually that’s kind of paradoxical, because if you’re presupposing that you know, of course in that case you would know. But what does that even mean? Couldn’t you think that you know, even though you don’t know, because you’ve never known so you don’t actually know what it feels like to know?

Luckily, there are other guides you can use to determine when you’ll be ready to take the LSAT. Many people are probably wrestling with this question as the deadline to register for the October test is now just a month away. Take the October test or wait until December? Here are some factors to consider:

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LSAT Test Day Horror Stories

Over the years, I’ve had lots of experience with the LSAT. It’s been an uncomfortably large part of my life, even. As prep for the October LSAT really gets into swing, here are some true stories about what you’re all looking forward to: LSAT test day. Make of them what you will.

1. What does it mean to pass the LSAT?

Our first story comes from one of my own experiences taking the LSAT. After keeping us outside for an hour waiting for a fax from LSAC that never came, the proctors finally seated us in a big law school lecture hall. While going through the test day instructions, one proctor repeatedly said that they were being strict only because they needed to follow the rules, and “we really hope you all pass.” Again and again, “we really hope you pass,” while every single test taker in the room pulled an eye muscle from rolling them too hard.

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How I Bombed My First LSAT

I’m going to talk about the first time I took the LSAT. Hoo boy – unlike Branden or Laura, I was, straight up, a hot mess.

Allow me to explain. I had decided a few months prior to go to law school and fulfill my destiny of becoming a hotshot lawyer. I had it all planned out: In order to become a hotshot lawyer, I had to get into a good law school, and in order to get into a good law school, I had to take the LSAT and do really, really, really well on it. I was going to take the late September LSAT, so I’d have plenty of time to work on my law school applications.

I self-studied, and had no idea what was going on. The LSAT was completely foreign to me. The first thing I did was a practice test, and I did terribly. I was twenty points away from a perfect score on the SAT when I took it at 15, so bombing this practice LSAT made me spend a lot of time googling, “Do people get dumber over time?” and “sugar brain deterioration.”

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A Guide to Blueprint Area LSAT Testing Centers

As you know, the LSAT is a huge deal. It consists of nothing more than pencil and paper, but your performance on LSAT test day could very well determine your entire legal career. Therefore, there’s a lot of tension on these days. The last thing you need is some sort of distraction with the LSAT testing center room.

Scroll through the comments any of our LSAT blog’s past LSAT test day instant recaps, and you’ll find, unfortunately, that distractions are rampant in LSAT testing centers. Oftentimes it’s an annoying or inexperienced proctor. Sometimes it’s the chairs they put you in. Either way, it’s not uncommon for months of intense LSAT prep to go to waste because LSAC can’t consistently maintain their LSAT testing centers. And there are a lot of LSAT testing centers.

Allow us to help.

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How to Diagram Ornery “Only” Logical Reasoning Questions

If only the LSAT would stick with easy-to-diagram conditional statements like “if it’s a carrot, then it’s a vegetable”, or “if I get Mike Tyson’s tattoo, I’ll forever regret it.”

Alas, your Logical Reasoning section will rarely be quite so friendly. You’ll be nailed with parallel flaws, double negatives, “EXCEPT” questions and, most of all, lots of diagramming. So, to perfect your diagramming skills, we’re launching a series of articles that will cover some of the trickier elements of conditional statements.

Up first: “Only” Questions.

If memorization is your forte, then remember simply that “only” always introduces a necessary condition. As in “the only time you’ll see ‘only’ on LR is when it is introducing the proposition that is guaranteed by the sufficient condition.”

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Building the Ultimate LSAT Transformer

With the new Transformers movie coming out today, Blueprint LSAT Prep upper management tasked me with an all-important mission:

“Design a Transformer capable of battling the LSAT!”

I have to admit, I was nervous. I really didn’t know a lot about the franchise, so I Googled the $H!T out of “Transformers,” then pitched some ideas to my girlfriend who likes almost everything I come up with. So now I introduce to you, a robot, in disguise, built to wage war…against…the LSAT…(dramatic pause)…CONTRAPOSITRON!!!!

Any LSAT test-taking Transformer must have a sweet name and a cool power to go along with it. Contrapositron fills the bill. She (yes, she) has the power to determine the logical equivalent of a conditional statement. She slays the Logical Reasoning sections, flipping and negating sufficient and necessary conditions with robotic flair.

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How to Get in Optimal Test-Taking Mode for the June LSAT

You’ve spent a lot time preparing for the June LSAT (hopefully). Now that we’re down to crunch time, it’s time to start thinking about the little things that can make a big difference. And as it turns out, that list boils mainly down to basic human needs. Sure, you’ve been sleeping and eating for the past few decades without any help from us, but there are a couple special considerations when it comes to the LSAT – here’s what you need to know.

Key #1 to Getting in Optimal June LSAT Test-Taking Mode: Sleep

Of course, it’s important to be well-rested on LSAT test day. June test-takers are lucky in that you don’t need to worry about waking up early for the exam – every other administration of the LSAT starts at 8:30 a.m.!

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5 June LSAT Prep Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means we’re about two weeks away from the June LSAT. Enjoy yourself: punish your digestive tract with BBQ, and give Black Hawk Down a few goes. But don’t fritter away too much time dreaming about the massive admissions boost you could have gotten if only you had been a Delta Force operator. This time is too important to waste.

Here are some LSAT blog tips to help you make the most of your final big push toward that high June LSAT score:

Tip #1: Make sure you can get the easy points

Diagraming and formal logic are among the most learnable LSAT skills. Make sure you’ve got your sufficient and necessary condition indicators memorized – the trick is that they’re mostly synonyms for each other (every, any, all, each; must, needs, requires, depends). Diagrammable questions should be quick and easy points.