Tag Archive: practice lsats

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Sound-Tracking Your LSAT Study Montage

I’ve said it once, I’ve said it dozens of times: test prep is a sport, not a science. You’re not studying; you’re training.

And what does every good training montage need? A killer soundtrack.

Choosing the right music can help pump you up and clear your mind. Of course, you don’t want to listen to music while you’re taking a practice test – you have to simulate those game day conditions! But a well-balanced playlist can help you warm up for and wind-down from an LSAT workout. Here are my picks:

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What to Expect on Your Second Practice LSAT

With preparations for the October LSAT in full swing, many students are preparing for their second practice test right around now. The second practice test is a lot like a second date: you know what a little more about what to expect, you’re a little more comfortable with the process, but you’re still trying to figure a lot of things out. The good news is that you’re guaranteed a third, fourth, and even fifth date with the test. The bad news is that you might not want to see your date ever again after practice test number two is finished.

The reason for the bad news is that a lot of people struggle mightily on their second go around. I, for one, scored lower than my diagnostic on my second practice test. I was demoralized, mortified, humiliated, etc. etc. I didn’t really believe my instructor when he told me that I should expect to struggle. I thought that meticulously completing every practice problem and reviewing the answers would lead to instant improvements. It did not.

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Why Aren’t My Practice Test Scores Improving?

Hey, you baseball players out there – remember a year or two after tee-ball when your coach took you aside and told you that what you thought of as your graceful Hammer-of-Thor swing was, in fact, rubbish? And then you had to completely reconstruct your approach? Well, the process of studying for the LSAT is a little like that – here’s how.

The LSAT is a skills-based test with no prior knowledge required. This means that when you take your first diagnostic test, you’re naturally going to be coming up with strategies and methods and heuristics on the fly. This is great in the fight-or-flight circumstance that is that diagnostic test, but when you think about it, it’s obvious that the approach you conjure up under pressure is unlikely to be perfectly aligned with the most efficient and effective methods.

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Re-Taker Question: Can I Reuse LSAT Practice Tests?

Here’s a common dilemma for LSAT preppers: You studied long and hard for the LSAT, but something went wrong. You either didn’t end up taking the LSAT, or you took it and it didn’t go very well. Now you’re set on retaking or rescheduling, but you’re worried that you may have run out of study materials — mainly practice tests — on your first run.

Worry not.

Ideally, you want to have about three new practice tests in reserve. But even if you have zero, you’re still going to be okay.

It’s completely fine to retake and redo old practice LSATs. Sure, you’re going to remember a question or two or three, but this isn’t really a problem.

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Your First Practice LSAT: Take It, Grade It, Embrace It

The September LSAT is approximately two and a half months away. Whether you’re enrolled in an LSAT prep course or studying on your own, it’s time to get down to business. First up? Taking your first practice exam.

If you’ve never studied for the LSAT before, your first practice exam will be what we call a “cold” exam. You’ll have no idea what to expect, you may have never seen a logic game before, and no matter how smart you are, you’re probably not going to do very well. Why? Unlike the SAT, you’re not going to roll out of your bed and ace the LSAT on your first try. The SAT is more of a general aptitude test, whereas the LSAT requires you to possess a very particular set of skills (just like Liam Neeson).

So why go through this torture?

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The Weekend Before the June LSAT: What to Do Now?

The June LSAT is three days away. In honor of all your pain and suffering, the LSAT blog is bringing you a support group for June LSAT prep survivors: Remaining Calm, Together.

If you’d like to share something with the group, leave us a comment. This is a safe place. Put on some flute music and relax.

You’re Done Prepping for the June LSAT

You did everything you could to prepare, two more days of frantic LSAT cramming will only hurt. Instead, give your brain two days to marinate and relax. Take a first-world shower. Bring a beer or two. Channel your inner Type B personality. It’s almost over.

I’ve seen a number of students improve their LSAT scores after a well-deserved break from studying. I’ve also seen too many students crash by pounding away at their LSAT prep tests until the last minute.

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One Final Week Before the June LSAT: What You Need to Do

The June LSAT is a week away. That doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but you can get a lot done in the next seven days. OK, technically it’s six days, since it’s probably a good idea to have a day of rest before the LSAT. But hey, God created the universe in six days with a day of rest, so you can probably at least manage to squeeze a couple more points out of your LSAT score.

Here are some tips for your final week before the June LSAT:

Keep your foot on the gas.

With only seven days until game time, you mind might start to get clouded with doubts and distractions. Maybe you haven’t reached your target LSAT score yet. You’re worried about how you’re going to perform next Monday and are thinking, “What if I get sick the day before?” “What if I get stuck on a logic game?” “Am I going to have to retake?”

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3 Tips for the Final 3 Weeks of June LSAT Prep

With three weeks left until the June LSAT, things are getting real. Now is not a time for panic, but focus; you can get a lot done in the upcoming days with the right mindset. Here are three tips that will help you maximize your potential over the next three weeks:

Tip #1 for the Final 3 Weeks of June LSAT Prep: Don’t just take practice LSATs – study them.

We all have been taught the importance of practice exams. Taking a whole bunch of them will help build the endurance you’ll need when your brain starts to get tired in that third hour. But when it comes to practice LSATs, quality is just important as quantity. The key to getting the most out of your exams is setting aside the time to properly review them. This goes beyond just looking up explanations for the questions you got wrong. Really try and study your results. What categories of LR questions are you missing the most?

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Four Tips for the Final Four Weeks Until the June LSAT

The June LSAT is in four weeks, that’s 28 days or 672 hours or 40,320 minutes… moments so dear. However you measure a month in the life of an LSAT student, here’s some advice on how to handle yourself leading up to “Monday fun day,” aka the 2014 June LSAT.

TIP I: Take lots of practice tests (“We talkin’ about practice!” –A. Iverson)

Get used to completing full-length exams under LSAT test day conditions; that means 5 sections, 35 minutes each, in a chair, at a desk. If you can get yourself into a classroom for proctored practice LSATs, do it. I suggest taking the most recently available exams leading up to Monday fun day. Also, if your schedule allows it, take some practice tests at 12:30 p.m. (the time the LSAT begins). Through this process you’ll learn when you need to be ready to get your exam on.

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Cinco de Mayo’s Cinco de LSAT Tips

Cinco de Mayo is here! It’s kind of like the Fourth of July but with less Bruce Springsteen and more accordions. This holiday has a varied significance, but for us at the LSAT blog, Cinco de Mayo means that there is one month left before the June LSAT. Don’t panic. Panic doesn’t mix well with a belly full of tacos and tequila.

To help you get over the guilt of getting drunk on a Monday, here are five tips to improve your LSAT score:

LSAT Tip Numero Uno: Memorize your Logical Reasoning flaws

The June LSAT will spend at least 50 questions testing your knowledge of a dozen common logical reasoning flaws. Most LSAT questions involve describing, exploiting, fixing, or avoiding flawed reasoning. If you don’t know your flaws, your June LSAT will be more disappointing than a piñata filled with raisins and black licorice.