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What I Wish I Knew About Test Day Before Taking the LSAT

While I was studying for the LSAT, I put a lot of stock in each practice exam score and even the individual questions I was practicing. Since the practice tests are one of the best indicators of how you’ll perform on the exam, I’d grade my practice exams with enormous stress and anticipation, as if those practice versions were going to determine my future. One thing I didn’t think about enough before taking the LSAT was how the actual test day would be different from practice. This is what I wish I knew about test day:

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Cell Phones Will Be Permitted at Certain Test Centers for the September 2018 Exam

After twenty-seven years of a hardline position on cell phones, LSAC is finally softening its approach. Maybe.

For pretty much the entire history of the LSAT, cell phones were strictly verboten in LSAT test centers. From the Zach Morris-endorsed juggernauts in the early 90s, to the iconic Nokia bricks at the turn of millennium, to the bedazzled Motorola Razrs of the early aughts, to the BBM-enabled BlackBerrys that prefigured the current objects of our collective screen addiction, cell phones have always been prohibited at test centers. In fact, they still are. But for the September 2018 LSAT, LSAC is launching a pilot program at some test centers that will allow test takers to bring their phones into the room.

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The Little Things That Will Build Confidence Before Test Day

One of the most important things you can bring with you to the LSAT is a healthy sense of self-confidence. If you’re feeling good about your LSAT abilities, you’re less likely to second-guess yourself or waste time, which allows you to move through the questions more quickly.

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How the Actual LSAT Compares to Practice Exams

If you signed up for the June ’18 LSAT, your exam is just 10 days away. That’s not even long enough to binge-watch every season of Supernatural. Let’s assume you’ve done everything right up to this point in your studies: drilled down the fundamentals, made your way through the curriculum of each section type and completed multiple practice exams under exam-day conditions. But speaking for all of the law school-bound perfectionists eager to use every opportunity to prepare for the exam, I can tell you that there are some things about your official, LSAC-administered LSAT that just won’t be the same as what you practice. The best you can do now is to read about the particularities of Test Day and give yourself the time to get mentally ready for this oh-so-unique experience.

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Minimizing Your LSAT Anxiety, Explained Through Four Scenarios

Anxiety affects virtually every LSAT student in one way or another. After all, it’s a test that could impact your entire career. The good news is that you can prepare yourself to handle some of the most stressful situations students deal with on the LSAT and learn how to minimize that anxiety on exam day. Let’s look at some of the most high pressure LSAT scenarios students face, so you’ll be ready for them on your exam.

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Minimizing Nerves and Building Confidence for Test Day

One of the challenges of taking the LSAT is that, of course, test day feels like a high-stakes situation — you’ve been preparing for months, and you feel like you only have one shot to get it right. You probably can’t totally avoid test day nerves unless you’re some kind of LSAT-taking robot, but there are some ways to minimize them; furthermore, there are ways to encourage confidence, which is the LSAT secret sauce. Here’s the skinny on each.

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5 Quick Tips to Supercharge Your Logical Reasoning Performance

During my time writing for this blog, I’ve repeatedly vented about my hatred for logic games. Fortunately for everyone, I won’t be talking about logic games this week; instead, I get to talk about a section that is near and dear to my heart — logical reasoning — and the dead horse that is my vendetta against logic games will get at least a weeklong reprieve. Without further adieu, here are my five quick tips for upping your logical reasoning score.

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The Rules for Logic Games Rules

There are just ten days left until the February LSAT, and at this point your methods for tackling Logic Games are pretty much settled. However, there’s still time to improve your speed on this all-important section.

As you know, one of the first steps when starting a Logic Game is to visually represent each rule so that you don’t have to keep re-reading the text.