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Number of December LSAT Test Takers Dropped Again

The numbers are out, and a losing streak longer than even the Kansas City Chiefs managed this season continued: last December’s LSAT marked the ninth consecutive LSAT administration for which numbers were down from the previous year. 30,226 law school hopefuls took the 2012 December LSAT. That’s down 15.6% from December 2011 and down 40.1% from the December LSAT’s peak of 50,444 in 2009. All of this is largely because of bad press about the legal job market that newly minted lawyers have faced in the past few years.

The precipitous decline in LSAT test takers shows no signs of abating, at least in terms of percentages (there’ll be no percentages vs. numbers fallacies in this LSAT blog post). If you’re looking to go to law school, fewer people taking the LSAT correlates to fewer law school applicants.

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Four New Year’s Resolutions for LSAT Retakers

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? If your New Year’s Eve celebration was anything like mine, the alcohol might have taken care of that for you. Unfortunately, some of you will have to bring one acquaintance to mind in the new year – the LSAT.

With December LSAT scores coming out soon, some of you will enter the next phase of LSAT prep – gearing up for a retake. Others have already made that decision, but you’re waiting until the new year to start the studying over again. Either way, here are some resolutions to make so that you don’t enter the dreaded realm of the LSAT re-retaker.

LSAT Retaker New Year’s Resolution I: Figure out where you went wrong the first time

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results.

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How an LSAT Prep Instructor Approaches the October LSAT

The October LSAT is a week from Saturday, which is big news for a lot of you guys out there. It’s also big news for me, since I’ll be joining in the festivities. That’s right: good ol’ Colin Elzie is retaking the LSAT for a third time.

Why? Well, the last time I took the test was three years ago, which means my LSAT score is going to start expiring for some law schools. I don’t have any immediate plans to apply to law school, but I like having the option there just in case. I’m also just looking forward to getting to sit for a real test once again. Knowing that I’m probably not applying to law school this year means there’s very little pressure, so I’m more excited than anything else about the October LSAT. (This is a good lesson to all you studying for October; paradoxically, the less freaked out you get about how you’ll do, the better you’ll do.) But, like everyone, I need to study. So how does one who’s taught studying the LSAT for nearly five years study for the LSAT?

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LSAC: All LSATs Will Now Feature Two Pages for Logic Games

As June LSAT test-takers may recall, the latest LSAT administration by the Law School Admissions Council featured, for the first time ever, two pages for Analytical Reasoning.

Turns out, it wasn’t an accident.

LSAC Director of Communications Wendy Margolis confirmed today through email that all future administrations of the LSAT would henceforth feature two pages for logic games.

Although this isn’t the kind of news story that will open The Situation Room, in the world of LSAT this is quite significant. Aside from higher printing costs for LSAC, it means you’ll have more room on logic games on LSAT test day to take notes/write out diagrams/doodle LSAT proctors with unibrows and devil horns. It also shows that with enough protest, LSAT test-takers can persuade LSAC to change its ways.

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LSAT Prep Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Monday is Memorial Day, a holiday that celebrates how much people love three-day weekends and commemorates our country’s ability to forget what specific holidays really mean. If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a fun day planned in the park full of sunburns, mosquito bites, and day drinking. But the June LSAT is imminent! So, unfortunate as it is, you can’t spend the entire weekend away from your favorite standardized test. To assist, we’ve got some Memorial Day study tips to help you enjoy the weekend while studying for the LSAT.

Memorial Day Weekend LSAT Prep Tip #1: Don’t take the whole weekend off

The June LSAT is a little over two weeks away, and you can’t break away for a full three days. But do take one day for yourself.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.22.12

A) Remember the billionaire inventor of Spanx who bombed her LSATs? Meet Deepti Sharma Kapur, who was in the middle of studying for the LSAT when she came up with the concept of FoodToEat. Betabeat.

B) Is our education system so poor it’s threatening our national security? Condoleeza Rice says so. Time.

C) Congratulations, John Marshall Law School. You topped a list made by US News and World Report. Too bad that list is the top 10 law schools that lead to the most debt. US News.

D) And here are the top 10 law schools that lead to the least debt. Go, Georgia State! US News.

E) Out of more than 10,000 educators surveyed, only 7 percent said they see standardized testing as being essential. Another 82 percent said their school’s break room totally needs better snacks. Good.is.

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Believe These February LSAT Conspiracy Theories (Or Else)

After you take the February LSAT in twelve days you’ll never get to see your test again. With other LSATs you get to comb through the test, reliving all your little mistakes. But the February LSAT is non-disclosed. This can actually something of a blessing, as once the test is over, it’s over. But why should the February LSAT be the only non-disclosed test? LSAC says it’s for internal research purposes, and so that they have extra questions for LSAT-related emergencies. But what’s the real reason? What are they trying to hide? Maybe the February LSAT…

Isn’t actually an LSAT! Relatively few people take the LSAT, so they could probably get away with just throwing in an old GMAT or SAT, right?

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Retakers Should Not Worry About Past LSATs

For most of you planning for your LSATs a week from Saturday, it’ll be your first and last time taking the test. But some of you out there are dealing with multiple LSATs. If you’ve taken the LSAT before and are now taking it again in October, you’re in a slightly different situation.

You should have been taking multiple practice LSATs to help you prepare. Hopefully you went over the original real test that you took to figure out what your weak spots on LSATs are. Now that those have been addressed, you should be seeing higher scores on your practice LSATs. You want to ride those into test day. Continue to review your tests for errors and weaknesses. Stay vigilant in discovering your problem areas on practice LSATs, and you’ll continue to improve.

To make sure that October yields the higher score of your multiple LSATs, there are a few things you should do.