If you’re enrolled in a Blueprint course, or if you have a reasonable, scheduled study plan, you’re probably taking Practice Exam 2 very soon. Maybe this weekend.
It will be the first full exam you’ve taken since you were stumbled through Practice Exam 1 like a newborn fawn trying to find its footing. Back then you had just started your LSAT studying. You were an LSAT neophyte. You probably went in without many expectations. Maybe you didn’t even know what was going to be on the exam. “I don’t know … some stuff about the law I guess?” You may have even called it the El Ess Ay Tee like some slacked-jawed yokel. “Whatever, I guess I’ll try my best and see what happens.” Maybe it didn’t go super well, but at least it motivated you to take your LSAT study program seriously.
Since then, you’ve put in serious time trying to master conditional statements, Soft Must Be True questions, Reading Comprehension passages, and logic games. You’ve put in the work. Clearly, if this one doesn’t go well, it’s time to hit the panic button. If your score doesn’t go up now after a month of studying, it’s is a clear sign that your intelligence, work ethic, and value as a human being are intractably deficient, right?
Of course, not. C’mon. It’s just a practice exam. There will be more. And think about it … no matter how it goes, your LSAT performance cannot possibly be as bad as these people’s weeks …
Number two pick in the 2017 NBA draft, Lonzo Ball came into the NBA with more fanfare and expectations than any basketball player in recent memory. After wowing college fans with his preternatural court vision and idiosyncratic but effective shot at UCLA, he was drafted by the historic but recently troubled Los Angeles Lakers. Also, maybe you’ve heard of his dad.
After months of waiting, of Rookie of the Year premonitions, of traumatized Lakers fans whispering “Yo can the Lakers get the 8-seed for the playoffs?” in hushed tones … Lonzo dropped the equivalent of a 125 in his Staples Center debut. He had to play his first game matched up against human gnat Patrick Beverley — the only person to slay literal superhuman Russell Westbrook — who had no problem agitating Lonzo into a pitiful 3 point, 4 assist night.
No matter how bad Practice Exam 2 goes for you, the exam, unlike Beverley, will not call you a “weak ass motherf***er” afterwards.
Taylor Swift — she of 40 million albums sold, 7 number one hit singles, 10 Grammys, and a billion-dollar brand — has had a rough couple months. After going dark on the internet following an embarrassing feud with the Kardashian-West brood, she came out with a new-look single that … sounded so much like a 90s novelty song that she actually had to give the people who wrote that 90s novelty song a co-writing credit. Oopsie. The song rocketed to the top of the charts — being the most visible and famous pop artist in the world gives you certain advantages — but was mercilessly savaged by everyone. The song fell from the top spot of the charts to a beloved freestyle by a former reality TV star, and Taylor had to respond on the fly by rushing out another single, the bonkers-sounding, trend-chasing “Ready for It.”
But then Taylor was ready to bounce back this week by releasing the third single from her forthcoming album, the auspiciously named “Gorgeous.” Except the song is thin and plodding and literally no one seems all that impressed. If you’re counting at home, that’s three straight Ls TayLLLor Swift has taken with this album rollout.
No matter how bad Practice Exam 2 goes for you, you will not see your cultural hegemony slip away like sand through your fingers.
Last year, the Chicago Cubs ended a 108-year World Series drought with a dramatic and heartwarming win over the Cleveland Indians. For sports fans, it was a historic moment — the kind you were happy to be alive for.
But the Chicago Cubs were not done they said. They were talking dynasty. Many more championships would be brought to the city of Chicago with this nucleus of young talent, now freed from the shackles of historic determinism. The sky was the limit for this team, and anything less than a repeat victory would be shattering to their fans’ newfound optimism.
Except this year, in the National League Championship Series, they faced the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have more money than God and more effective relief pitchers too. The Dodgers drubbed the Cubs in five games, capping the series with a lopsided, frankly embarrassing 11-1 victory of the Cubs last night. And now the Cubs and their fans are wondering if they’ll have wait another 108 years for their next championship, which — given the way we seem to be hurtling towards nuclear annihilation right now — seems like it may never come.
No matter how bad Practice Exam 2 goes for you, you will not stare into the same void that the city of Chicago is right now.
So yeah, it could be worse.
What should do you for Practice Exam 2 then? Relax. As you go through the exam, employ the same strategies for each question type that you’ve been practicing. Don’t let the timing pressure get to you. Work with purpose, but you shouldn’t be forcing yourself to read faster than you realistically can. Don’t force yourself to work through the questions too quickly. Finishing the section shouldn’t be a goal in and of itself. If you leave some questions blank or you don’t have time to get to some passages or games, that’s cool. It’s going to a be a little jarring encountering some LR questions, passages, and games you haven’t studied yet, but do your best on those.
At the end of the exam, after you score it, you’ll get some big three-digit number between 120 and 180. Ignore that. Instead, take a look at the question types, passages, and games that you’ve studied up to this point. Then remove any of those questions, passages, and games that you didn’t have time to answer. If your accuracy on those questions went up from Practice Exam 1 to 2, you’re making the right kind of progress, irrespective of the final score.
Even if your accuracy went down on a question type or two, that just means you have to go back to that question type, review the strategies, and get some more practice. But you have plenty of time to do so. It’s not the end of the world. It could be worse. You could be Lonzo, Taylor, or the Cubs.