LSAT Study Schedule: 3 Months of Intense LSAT prep

253

BEST LSAT STUDY SCHEDULE
In this article we cover what I feel is the best LSAT study schedule based on my own experience and my observations as an LSAT tutor and LSAT class instructor. Here we discuss how long and how hard you need to study for the LSAT to max out your score on test day, as well as what to do and when you need to do it.

The idea behind this study schedule is that you are doing everything you need to so you won’t worry that you’ve left anything on the table. Follow this schedule and taking the LSAT will feel automatic come test day.

New To Lawschooli.com: Premium Day-by-Day LSAT Schedules!

If you are looking for a more detailed schedule, we’ve just released a brand new day-by-day LSAT Prep Schedules for highly-motivated students. These premium LSAT study schedules are available in the following lengths: 10-week, 12-week (3-month), 14-week, & 16 week (4-month).

Select the study schedule best-suited to your needs:

These intense schedules for motivated self-studiers uses the Powerscore Bibles to make use of all the best study materials currently available.

Click Here To Get The Daily LSAT Schedules

So first, how long do you need to properly study for the LSAT?

I believe that the optimal amount of time to study for the LSAT is approximately 3 months of intense LSAT preparation.

Intense preparation means at least 3 hours per day, 5-6 days per week.

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO STUDY?

To do the intense amount of study required to max out your LSAT score, you need a ton of fresh LSAT questions from real preptests. Redoing problems you have done before is of very limited value because your brain will just memorize the solutions. Having enough fresh questions so that you don’t run out is truly essential to properly prep for the LSAT.

You are going to want to start by getting instructional materials. I tried almost all the stuff out there during my prep, and I’ve seen more as a tutor… but not matter how many new books come on the market, I continue to recommend Powerscore’s Bible Trilogy as the definitive source for LSAT Prep.

You will also need plenty of real LSAT preptests, so we also rely heavily on the ‘Actual, Official LSAT Preptest’ series, each of which contains 10 real, previously administered LSATs from past years.

Here is the full list of books we recommend:

When I took the LSAT in June 2008, a 3 month schedule gave me enough time to (almost) fully exhaust the LSAC released prep tests that were available at that time. All of these are included in the list above. There are a handful more available now, also included in the list. If you must study over a longer period than 3 months, make sure you pace it so you don’t run out of fresh questions. This LSAT schedule can be followed while working ~40 hours a week, but may have to be elongated by several weeks or even a month if you are working a lot of overtime.

OKAY, SO NOW LET’S DO AN OVERVIEW OF THE ENTIRE LSAT STUDY SCHEDULE

Details on these steps will follow after the timeline:

  • Step 1 (Day 1): Do a Cold Diagnostic using the first PT in The LSAT Superprep Your cold score might be painful, but quick like a band-aid do a test so you know what you are up against.
  • Step 2 (Weeks 1-3): Start working through each of the Powerscore Bibles (LGB / LRB / RCB) and do untimed problems of the question type you are learning from  The LSAT Superprep and the Bibles. I would start with the LG bible, then do the LR bible, then do the RC bible last. I advocate going through the Bibles kind of quickly on your first read and then returning to them throughout your prep as you encounter question types that give you trouble. Don’t obsess over whether you have memorized every point yet the first time through. Trust me, you’ll be able to practically recite passages from these books by the end of your prep. Also read through the instructional sections in the Superprep but remember that you want to stick with one method for diagramming, so learn and stick with Powerscore’s techniques from the Bibles. After you have finished the questions in the Superprep, move on to questions in 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests.
  • Step 3 (Weeks 3-4): Continue working through the bibles. Now is the time to start experimenting with doing timed questions from remaining sections in your 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests.  If you have finished this, move on to Next 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests. Start with timing individual questions for logical reasoning (1.5 mins each)  and individual games and reading comp passages (about 8 minutes 45 seconds each). For now, don’t stop doing a question or passage if you pass the time, just note that you have gone over and finish it up. Once you start to get a feel for timing quickly move on (around the end of week 4) to doing whole timed sections.
  • Step 4 (Week 5): As the mid-point of your LSAT prep schedule approaches, you should begin doing full timed sections regularly. It is okay to mix in some practice on individual questions as well. When doing timed sections, begin stringing sections together to begin building endurance. Around now, do a full simulated test using a fifth section borrowed from one of the older preptests that you have not done. It’s okay to take your score from the best four sections. Hopefully you have already seen big improvements from your cold diagnostic.
  • Step 5 (~Week 6-Week 10): At this point is your LSAT study it’s time to take stock of how much material you have remaining and schedule your remaining prep. From here on out, the lion share of your study consists of simply doing timed sections and going over the answers to understand any that may have given you trouble. Schedule it out so you can do 3-4 full preptests a week the next 4 weeks. Do these every other day and review your answers. You can also start experimenting with fully simulating the test conditions on these tests. These full length test will mostly cover what you do on heavy study days. On in-between day (lighter study days), do more sections and careful review. On my typical in-between day, I would do 2-3 sections with rest and review after each section. Pull these sections from older tests. On these in between days, load up on more sections of whatever section type (LR/LG/RC) is giving you the most trouble. Also make sure to take a full day off from study each week.
  • Step 6 (Week 10-12): In the final two weeks of your schedule you should be doing a full preptest worth of material most days. Still take a day off every week. Every other day, try to fully simulate LSAT test conditions. Do this by by doing three sections in a row, taking a break, then doing two more (to get the fifth section use one  from an older preptest). Continue going over questions you got wrong or struggled with. It is critical in this period that you begin working forward through the most recent preptests- those from 10 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests and also the recent individually published tests.
  • Step 7: Keep following step 6. However, the final week is special because while you are prepping intensely, your focus should be on staying healthy and happy. This means eating right, sleeping enough, and doing exercise or whatever help keeps you happy. See this post on What to Do The Week Before The LSAT for detailed advice on managing the final week.

Always, always, always, do proper review of you questions. We have a full post discussing proper question review HERE. Now, lets take a closer look at some of the elements of this schedule:

The ‘Cold Diagnostic’ (Step 1):

A ‘cold diagnostic’ is a simulated LSAT test that you take before beginning your actual prep so you can see where you stand.

A diagnostic LSAT test won’t have much value for learning how to do the LSAT, but I recommend it anyway. Why? Because it gives you a great benchmark to see how you are progressing as your prep moves forward.

Just don’t be worried if your score is a little horrifying. Everyone scores far below their potential on their first test. The cold diagnostic is just for reference point and something you’ll be able to laugh about after you finally crush the LSAT!

How Many Hours a Day of Study? (Step 2 and Beyond)

I argue for being flexible here. Some days you will have a lot of juice in the tank and can study a lot. Other days you are just too tired and its not worth it. If you are having fun doing it and it doesn’t feel bad, then study for 6+ hours if you want to. Most days, you want to do at least 3 hours of study.

I used to alternate heavy and lighter days of test prep which I think helped combat burnout. So perhaps Monday, Wednesday, Friday I would do about 4-5 hours of prep. Tuesday and Thursday I would do 2-3 hours. Either Saturday or Sunday I would hardly do anything at all. The other weekend day I would make a big study day.

The big thing is to avoid over-studying or under-studying. Invert the above schedule so more days are easy days if on a particular week you are feeling burnt out.

Also, it is possible to have a full-time job while doing this prep so don’t worry that you can’t prep fully while handling work! See my discussion of balancing work and study here.

A Consistent Approach to Diagramming (Step 2 and Beyond)

The cold diagnostic is the only part of your prep that you want to be doing totally cold. After that, you want to start learning how to do LSAT questions from various instruction materials.

Doing LSAT questions well requires that you develop a consistent system for diagramming problems that contain formal logic, especially on the logic games section. I wasted a lot of time choosing between systems in various books. Learn from my mistakes and choose one quickly, because switching systems causes a major setback in your prep schedule.

For a longer discussion of the best LSAT prep materials check out my article on general LSAT strategy: LSAT Prep Books and Self-Study- How I Got a 177 on The LSAT.

Un-timed Questions (Step 2)

In the first 1-3 weeks of your LSAT study schedule you are going to want to be doing mostly un-timed prep questions. Dabble in all 3 question types, so that you know where your weaknesses are, and drill that kind of questions more than the others.

The goal at this stage of the game is to get almost all of the questions right even if it takes a long time. Speed will start to build naturally.

When a certain kind of question isn’t going right, head immediately back to your prep books and see what they say on doing that question type. Logic games tends to give people the most problems at first. Don’t worry, it’s also the easiest section to see huge improvements on as you hammer it throughout your schedule.

When you are hitting a wall seek out advice on the question types giving you problems or better yet just ask me in the comments. As a tutor I pretty much dealt with everything so I should have an answer.

Doing Timed LSAT Sections (Step 3 and Beyond)

Somewhere around week 4 is when you start doing some full timed sections, giving yourself the standard 35 minutes to do a section. Early into your LSAT study schedule results may be mixed at first so don’t stress. Take a break between each section and review problems you got wrong and hard ones that you got right.

If you feel that you are struggling heavily with the timing of full sections, drop back some of the time and mix in timed individual LCR questions, games, and reading comp passages doing them the way you did in Step 2, which is noting the time but finishing the questions when you go over. It’s still okay to do some wholly untimed practice occasionally throughout the rest of your prep, especially on question types you are struggling with.

Don’t worry about doing multiple timed sections back to back with no breaks just yet- build your stamina later. Now is the time to teach your brain how to do the problems the best it can under ideal conditions. Take nice little 5-10 minute breathers between sections.

Don’t slavishly stick to an even mix of question types. If you are struggling with logic games or reading comprehension questions more, work more of those sections in to your schedule so that you see faster improvements there.

Your brain needs to see a lot of this stuff to start making new connections. Logic games particularly rewards studying it a lot, so have some days where you do games til your brain hurts. If you are still see letters and numbers whizzing around in your head when you go to bed, that’s a good indication that you were hitting games hard enough to that day.

Throughout your study you should always check back over questions you got wrong and questions you got right but found difficult. Make sure you understand why you got them right.

Doing Full LSAT Prep Tests (Step 4)

Perhaps around the midway point of your LSAT study would be a good time to hit a full simulated Prep-Test. You can start doing this sooner too if you think you have got to the point where it would be helpful (generally when you are completing most problems on time). I wouldn’t be crazy about simulating the precise conditions of test day just yet. Take a tiny breather in between sections with one longer break in between sections 3 and 4.

Do borrow an older section that you may have skipped at some point so that you are doing a total of 5 sections (skip 4-5 pts in first two compilations so you have plenty of spare sections to mix in). Take your four best section scores so that your feel good about the score and are motivated to keep going, but also note what your scaled score would be on the actual numbered prep test that you took 4 sections from.

I recommend doing about two full simulated prep tests a week from month one and two, and then upping it to three a week about two months in to your LSAT prep.

Tying It Together: The Final Two Weeks Before the LSAT (Steps 6-7)

By now, you are practically an LSAT machine. The last week is all about maintaining your skill while patching up any areas of weakness. Check out these ‘last minute’ LSAT tips for ways to make the final weeks count.

By the last two weeks or so of your LSAT study, you will be hitting a full prep test most days depending on how much material you have left. This is critical to building the stamina you need to focus all the way through on test day. The further you progress doing these preptests, the more automatic it should feel to sit down and focus hard on them.

Now is also the time to focus hard on making sure that your body and mind are in the best shape possible. This means eating and sleeping right as well as exercising. I’ve got a full write up on taking care of an LSAT machine (you) here.

Remember to take a day off for rest on the last day before the LSAT. This is key to let your brain recharge so it is ready to attack the test.

Making Adjustments (All Steps)

This LSAT study schedule is necessarily a little broad and has some built-in flexibility to allow tweaks. As such, you may have questions about what to do in your specific situation. Hit me up in the comments thread and I’ll be happy to help!

We have a lot more detailed advice about how to attack specific sections (LR/LG/RC) on this site so be sure you browse these posts. Good luck!

RELATED POST: LSAT Prep Books & Self-Study – How I got a 177 on the LSAT

About Author

253 Comments

  1. Spence Colburn on

    Hello Evan and Joshua,

    I was planning on taking the LSAT in June but now am considering rescheduling to September after researching how long I should study a bit more (previously everyone I had talked to mentioned that about a month of hard studying should be fine). The only thing is I am going traveling to Europe for about a month in June, and won’t be studying. Is it completely useless to go away and come back like that? Do you think it’s better to take it in June after studying hard for just over a month, or to take it in September having needed to take a month’s break from studying?

    Your thoughts are appreciated! Thank you.

  2. Hey guys. I realized that in your study schedules you included the LSAT trainer book but left out reading and comprehension. In the amazon cart, you guys have the reading and comprehension book but not the LSAT trainer. So I am a bit confused and was wondering if you could clear that up for me if thats possible. Thank you!

  3. Hello,

    I bought 4 of the books you suggested, the Superprep and the 3 bibles. I am thinking of starting the 4 month plan but I’m not sure if I have enough material for that so I’m not sure if I should wait and do the 3 month plan? The problem is that I’m living in Ecuador right now and I can’t buy those books here (I brought the 4 books in my suitcase). I tried to find some tests online but there isn’t enough for the amount that you suggest. Should I just follow the 4 month plan and just not do as many preptests a week?

  4. I have not been able to find the LSAT Superprep Ebook available anywhere. Would there be a similar book that you may be able to recommend?

  5. Hello,

    Reading your articles has been a big help so far. And the schedules are really helpful as well. I just had a question focused on how to divide up the time, I suppose. I’m currently an undergraduate student and I’m debating between taking the LSAT in June or October. Would you recommend studying while I’m taking classes or wait until October and use the summer time to study? I know this is more individualized but I was just wondering if you had any advice.

    Thanks,
    Sarina

  6. Is it not feasible to take the LSAT in June 6, 2016 if it will occur during my spring quarter finals week? Finals occur June 4th – June 9th. I started off this (school) year planning on taking it in June so that I would have the option of retaking it in October and have my applications in by November. Better yet this would give me the option of applying to law schools early in the summer.

    After my first set of finals at a UC (I just transferred from community college), I don’t think I could handle finals + LSAT. I’m sure it is possible but I’m not sure if I would be at my peak mentally.

    Is it beneficial to take the LSAT in June and apply early? I want to start law school Fall 2017.

    Right now, after my first quarter at a UC, I have a 3.785 gpa (and I’m going to try my best to improve it). I work at a law firm, and I am going to start doing some sort of community service and join school clubs to broaden my resume. I also have an associates degree and transferred with a 3.82 gpa, if that matters. I’ve been playing with the LSAC books for a few months, just an hour or two here and there, the one time I sat down and took an old test timed I got a 160 score.

    I want to ensure that I’m doing everything I can to make my application stand out.

  7. Dear Evan and Josh,

    I was wondering if you guys had any kind of schedule for a person with 8 weeks to study for the LSAT. I studied with Kaplan in the 6 weeks leading up to the December LSAT, and was doing well (mid-160s), but come test day I was up the entire night before due to an emergency… so I’m going to take it again in February. Anyway, I’d like to spend the next 8 weeks improving as much as possible. So, would you guys have any kind of advice/schedule for me? (I just started reading through the Power Score LG Bible right now, but I’m kind of concerned that it’s too late in the game for me to switch over to new methods, when I’m not encountering any real problems with my Kaplan methods.) Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    Chris M.

  8. Do you recommend taking prep tests with 5 sections to prepare for the long, draining day of testing? If so, where would you get the extra section, seeing that the LSAC’s prep tests have only 4.

    Thanks,

    John

    • I’ll spare Josh and Evan the need to reply. They said it earlier in the article, that you should reserve 4-5 older preptests so you have plenty of sections to mix into the 4 main sections from the current preptest you are taking.

  9. Pingback: Lsat Prep |

  10. Hi!

    I recently purchased your 16 week study schedule. I got all my books from the handy “click to add these 9 books to your amazon cart.” However, the list, and therefore, did not include the LSAT Trainer. Is that extremely necessary since it wasn’t included in the list of 9 books that you recommend, but it is in the study schedule?

    Thank you,

    Sam

  11. Hello!

    My name is Emma Bean, and I’m considering retaking the LSAT. (Well, not considering, so much as I’ve been told I must. I’m in the first class of a 6 year accelerated degree program at the University of Kansas, and my LSAT score in June 2015 was 3 points below the required minimum, and the Dean of Law told me I have to retake and improve in order to remain in the program.) My score on the June test, as I mentioned, was 3 points below the program requirement, and about 4 or 5 points below my PT average. I’m not sure how to study best in order to improve by the requisite 3 points. I know a lot of what went wrong on my test day was nerves. I had a very bad games section, and it shook me, and disrupted my performance on the rest of the test. Another problem may be that I underprepared by a little bit. I took a class that ran from April to June, and studied a bit on my own before that, but overall, since my practice scores were above the number I knew I needed, I probably didn’t focus in as much as I should have. A combination of nerves and underprepares made this a less than ideal test. My question, though, is how should I go about studying to retake. Do I need the full 3 months, or can I aim for an October test date? What kind of study schedule should I create for myself? In my initial preparation I completed the second most and most recent LSAT Practice Test books, and a couple others from older books, for about 25 tests total, plus probably another 2 or 3 tests worth of practice questions assigned from my class.

    Thank you so much for your help,

    Emma

  12. Folashade Frazier on

    Hey,

    I’ve been following your 12 week study program and I am on week 6. However, I have been struggling with LR and when taking my time have only been getting 14-15 correct. I haven’t started timing yet. I am worried that I am falling behind in this 12 -week program. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  13. Hi, I’m currently studying for the October LSAT and I’m following the 12 week day to day plan I purchased from your website. I am working through the LSAT Trainer games section right now and find it hard to follow. Would it be detrimental to ignore this entire section of the book and focus solely on Powerscores method of diagramming games? The day to day schedule relies heavily on the trainer so I’m trying to make the necessary adjustments and was wondering if the trainer is significantly better than Powerscores? Thanks.

  14. Hi all, just wanted to share my experience with this self-study schedule (as someone who just took the June 2015 LSAT). I followed this schedule pretty religiously, and also used all of the books that Josh and Evan recommend. I also took their other advice – I quit drinking for the two months leading up to the LSAT; signed up for and completed my first half marathon (so that I would be forced to exercise); and did as many practice tests as possible (35 full tests, as well as many individual sections). I reviewed every test carefully after completing it. I kept a detailed log of all of the questions I got wrong or had difficulties with. I also committed 15-20 hours per week of hardcore studying (while also working full time) for 12 straight weeks. I took the week before the LSAT off of work and did the most recent PTs.

    My cold diagnostic score was 161. My June LSAT score was 180. I never thought I could have achieved this, and I owe a lot to this website (and Evan and Josh). Thank you to you both!

  15. Lindsey Martin on

    I am currently working on week 2 of the 12 week study schedule. I noticed that my 2015 The LSAT Trainer by Mike Kim isn’t matching the 2014 schedule that I just downloaded. My book goes from Lesson 15: Diagramming Review to Lesson 27: Minor Question Types. The schedule shows that it should be Lesson 15 Diagramming Review to Lesson 16 LR:Answering Questions. Can you help me with this situation?

  16. Lindsey Martin on

    I am currently working on week 2 of the 12 week study schedule. I noticed that my 2015 The LSAT Trainer by Mike Kim isn’t matching the 2014 schedule that I just downloaded. My book goes from Lesson 15: Diagramming Review to Lesson 27: Minor Question Types. The schedule shows that it should be Lesson 15 Diagramming Review to Lesson 16 LR:Answering Questions. Can you help me with this situation?

  17. Hi There,
    I just purchased your 12-week study plan and noticed the recommended books on the actual plan are different from this article! I am wondering why the Reading Comprehension Bible is not listed for this particular plan. Thanks!

  18. Hi,
    Im planning on taking the LSAT in October so I’m beginning to restart studying now. I took a course with Kaplan last summer and unfortunately I didn’t really utilize the class as much as I should have and I think taking it with a different company would have been a better option. Anyways, with a lot of money already spent I’m trying to avoid buying the bibles if at all possible. I seem to be doing well with Logic Games and Logical Reasoning and am instead struggling a lot with improving my RC section. I took the test once already in February and got a 155 but I know with a lot of studying i can definitely improve on that a lot. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to really start tackling the RC section with the materials I have. I have plenty of prep questions and full length tests provided with the Kaplan materials i just don’t really know where to begin.
    Thanks!
    Mikaela

  19. Courtney J. on

    Hi, I’m about to begin prepping for the October LSAT. I was interested in purchasing your 16-week study plan. However, I noticed that on this page the 9 recommended books include the PowerScore Reading Comprehension Bible, but when I click on the link to purchase the study schedule, the RC Bible is replaced with the LSAT Trainer. I wasn’t sure if I should purchase both books or if I should purchase one book and not the other. If you could clarify this for me as soon as you can so I can get started, that would be wonderful!

    Thank you!!

  20. Pingback: Resources / LSAT | Young Black PreLaw

  21. I have just purchased all of the materials to begin studying on the 3 month plan. I have some questions though. The powerscore books are the 2015 version. I understand the assignment but I can not find where I am suppose to locate the Drills. example: Flaw 52.1.2,6 Please explain for me. Thanks

    • Hello,
      I just purchased your 12 Week LSAT Study Schedule and the first book on the list is the LSAT Trainer. This book was not included on the recommended list of books to buy or linked to Amazon with the other books. It was also not mentioned in your general three month study plan on this website. How necessary is the LSAT Trainer since you didn’t include it with the other recommended books? The first three weeks on the study schedule mainly consist of the LSAT Trainer. If it is completely necessary could you provide a link or at least the author of the book so that I make sure I buy the correct one? Also, the PowerScore LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible is not included on your 12 week plan. I am having a hard time distinguishing how the recommended books correlate to the “details” included for each week. So far, I am disappointed I wasted the $20 on the study plan when it is not actually a more detailed plan of what the overview of the 3 month LSAT schedule explains but has different books to use.

  22. I have started my 3 month study regimen. I brought all of the books. During the weeks it says do drill 1 or 8etc. Where do I find the drills. I have the 2015 version of the bible and logic games. I’m a little confused on following the 12 week guide. Please help. Just need help on what I need to do next. I understand the assignment just not the details

  23. Hi Josh and Evan,

    I will have 13 weeks to prepare for the June LSAT. Should I get on the 12 week schedule and leave the last week for the upcoming preptest 72 and other stuff that I might want to work on, or should I get the 14 week schedule and catch up to it? Are there any differences in content bewteen the two or is one just more intense than the other? I’m living at home so I can prep for the LSAT full time, I want to make sure that I do everything I can to maximize my score.
    thanks a lot for the website and the useful information.
    Eddy.

  24. Hi, I recently purchased the 14 week schedule and I noticed the materials section does not include the Powerscore LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible, but instead lists the LSAT Trainer. Your site includes the RC Bible and not the LSAT trainer in other areas of the recommended books, though. Should I not purchase the RC Bible and just stick to this list below to follow your 14-week schedule?
    1. The LSAT Trainer
    2. The Logic Games Bible
    3. The Logical Reasoning Bible
    4. The LSAT Superprep
    5. 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
    6. Next 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
    7. 10 More Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
    8. 10 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
    9. 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests: Volume V
    10. LSAT Preptest 72 (forthcoming)

    I am a bit confused. Please let me know why this is.

    Thanks.

    • I ordered 10 week schedule this week and I have the same question (s) about the LSAT trainer and RC Bible as Joe?? Please clarify.
      Thanks

      • Just read through the 10 Week schedule found the answer to why the Trainer is now of the list of book. But didn’t see anything on the Reading Comprehension Bible; I assume we don’t need it. Also only one reference in the entire 10 weeks to the Superprep, and that is an optional lesson. Do I need the Superprep for the 10 week schedule?

        Thanks

  25. Hey Guys,
    Just a thought/suggestion: I’m taking the June 2015 Lsat and have your 16 week schedule. On this page are the 9 recommended books, but missing is the Lsat Trainer. This Lsat Trainer is relied heavily upon in this 16 week schedule (and I presume the others as well, but possibly not.) Although the Lsat trainer is one of the recommended 10 books to purchase on the actual schedule, it isn’t listed here on this site. Luckily I’m preparing to start and have two weeks to still get it, but maybe it would be beneficial to add to this website along with the 9 other recommended books (as it’s done in the weekly schedule.) Just a thought, maybe there is a reason it isn’t, but also maybe it was an unintentional oversight.

    Thanks guys,

    Mark

  26. Hi,

    I’ve already taken an LSAT course and it got me pretty far but not to the point where I want to be, so I’m trying out your self study plan. My question is, should I approach the 16 week plan any differently, or should I approach it as if I were completely unfamiliar with the LSAT?

    Thanks,

    Andrew

  27. Hi Evan and Joshua,
    I was thinking of taking the February test in 2015, but I am not sure if I have sufficient time to prep for that. As of now, my decision is to take the test in June 2015.

    I would like to purchase the 9 books you recommended for LSAT prep, question is: would these books be good for 2015 June test or should I wait a bit for the books to be updated to 2015 edition? Ideally, I would like to start warming up slowly then pick up the pace as my mind is trained. So I would like some prep materials ASAP!

    If you could enlighten me that would be great, thank you!
    Lydia

  28. HI Joshua and Evan,
    Would you be able to give me some advice on a study schedule based on my work schedule. I work full time, and it’s retail. So I sometimes don’t arrive at home until 11pm. Days range from 7am-5pm, 11am-8pm, 1pm-10pm. By then, I am so tired and can’t study. I do have Sunday and Monday off right now. I want to take the December LSAT, and I was thinking about just asking to be part-time to have more study time. Do you think that’s a good idea? Do you have any suggestions on when the best time would be for me to study? Would the ten-week study schedule be enough time for me to be prepared in December? I would love to participate in the Mastermind Study Group if I could and hear any advice you may have for me.

  29. Joshua,

    I’m planning to take the LSAT in December and will be taking following the 12 week study schedule, I’ll catch up the few days that I’ve missed. I’ve taken the Princeton Review twice in years past and I’m just going to take a different approach this time. Hoping this time things are a charm. What advise do you have for test takers that are retaking the test? Should I push my test date back to Feb. 2015 or do I have plenty of time to study starting now? I really desire to knock it out the park and feel at this point the PR again, may just be a waist of time. Please advise.

    • Yes, I generally think PR is a waste of time even the first time around… so it’d most certainly be a waste of time to prep with them a 3rd time!

      Honestly, I think someone in your position would really benefit from our LSAT Mastermind Study Group. Evan and I are working with a small group of dedicated students. Members have access to our private forums, tons of extra lessons, weekly live Q&A sessions & a growing library of video guides. Every week we’re adding new material, but here’s a quick look at the lessons we’ve got so far:

      1. Full Answers & Explanations for Over 2100+ LSAT Questions
      2. Introduction to Key LSAT Prep Strategies
      3. The Phases of LSAT Prep
      4. Scheduling Your Prep
      5. Lifestyle Changes and Reducing Stress During Your Prep
      6. Self-study vs. A Prep Course, LSAT Prep Materials
      7. The Keys to The Game – Conditional Reasoning Explained in Plain English
      8. Basic Conditional Statements Explained
      9. Conditional Statements — Basic Inferences (Triggers)
      10. Basic Inferences Part II
      11. Basic Inferences Quiz
      12. Adding Negatives To The Equation
      13. Contrapositives
      14. Valid vs. Invalid Inferences
      15. Linking Conditional Rules
      16. “Complex” Conditionals – Adding “And” and “Or”
      17. Key Logic Games Topics
      18. Basic Linear (Ordering) Games
      19. Carrots or Dashes? Sequencing Rules in Action
      20. Hidden Conditional Statements
      21. Key LR topics
      22. LR ‘Must Be True’ Questions
      23. LR Main Point Questions
      24. LR Weaken Questions
      25. LR Strengthen Questions
      26. LR Necessary Assumption Questions
      27. LR Sufficient Assumption Questions
      28. Flaw Question Intro Part I
      29. Flaw Question Intro Part II
      30. Answering Flaw Questions
      31. Explain The Discrepancy / Resolve The Paradox
      32. LR Point At Issue Questions
      33. LR Parallel Reasoning Questions
      34. LSAT LR “Method of Reasoning” Questions
      35. Timing LSAT problems
      36. LG Timing Overview
      37. LR Timing Overview
      38. RC Timing Overview
      39. Logic Games: Efficient Attack
      40. Efficient Attack: Understanding Questions Stems
      41. Everything You Need To Know About Doing Preptests
      42. Why Do Preptests?
      43. Interpreting Variability in Your Preptest/Section Scores
      44. Games Demonstration – Expert Solving Strategies: Splitting Games
      45. Splitting Games Example 1: PT 65 Game 3
      46. Splitting Games Example 2: PT 56 Game 4
      47. Advanced LR Strategies
      48. LSAT – Major Flaw Types
      49. Every Single Flaw Question, Rated By Difficulty
      50. How To Think About Principle Questions
      51. Fixing Weaknesses
      52. How To Think About Weaknesses
      53. Requested Topics
      54. Final Month of LSAT Prep – Score Concerns
      55. Final Month of LSAT Prep – Timing Concens

      Looking forward to seeing you on the inside!
      [Click Here to Enroll]

  30. Thank you for this wealth of information. I am planning on going to law school in 2 years, I am still in my undergrad. Is it worth starting to study now or will I be lost without the information learned in undergrad? I want to start studying now but am not sure whether it is better to focus during your last 6 months before taking it.

    Thanks!

    • Eleanor,

      If you’re planning on starting law school in 2016, then you’ll probably want to plan on taking the June 2015 LSAT… That way you’ll have the option to retake in Sept/Oct just in case & still be able to get your applications in early.

      So even though you won’t start law school for another 2 years, you’ve really only got about 9 months until your ideal LSAT test date. Although 9 months is a long time to study for the LSAT, I definitely think that you could benefit by beginning to familiarize yourself with the exam now.

      Dedicate maybe 5 hours a week or so to LSAT prep over the next 4-5 months then ramp up the intensity to 20-30 hours a week for the final 3-4 months of prep. Start with a cold diagnostic exam, then start working through the LSAT trainer first, then turn to the rest of the book recommendations once you’re finished with the trainer. Focus on developing strong foundational skills & don’t worry about speed/timing until 2-3 months before your test date.

      I still think that it is very important to include about 3 months of high-intensity prep immediately leading up to your test date in order to hit peak performance on test day, but if you’re able to internalize some of the fundamentals over the next few months, you should have an easier time honing your skills during that final stretch.

  31. I’ve taken Powerscore and now Testmasters. I am honestly feeling so discouraged. Testmasters is primarily focused on getting your money first and I’m not so certain that their product is necessarily all it claims to be or should be. Testmasters has not particularly helpful for students such as myself because after the class is over I can’t go back in the book and read over the lesson. Furthermore the way they designed the course is quite unhelpful in my opinion because they introduce a new concept every week and throw problems at you for the homework without really reviewing and showing how they build upon each other. I have to go online and look at Singh’s dated online videos. His student resources center also isn’t extremely helpful either and I just honestly do not know what to do to help myself. This experience has been so dismaying for me and I pushed back my testing date and I am struggling trying to figure out how to prep and what to do to improve. I am trying to figure out if I should even fork over the $700 dollars they are asking for to retain access to their online resources. I’m really on the fence about it. I do not know. Do you have any advice for folks such as myself who have taken the courses and have found them to be unhelpful?

    • Hey D,

      Speaking strictly from my past experiences, the courses didn’t help me either. They’re organized in a one-size-fits-all format so not everyone had the same experience as the one sitting next to them. Personally, I had a terrible time because the pace was much too fast, the coverage of material was superficial at best, and the instructor, well, let’s just say he liked to hear himself talk. I’ve taken the LSAT once before (after the class I enrolled in), did poorly and I’m taking it again soon. On both occasions I’ve pushed back my test date. You’re not alone; many people feel the way you do.

      If you didn’t do well in a classroom with someone’s instruction, maybe studying independently will reward you better. No one knows your study style better than you so before you throw in the towel (which I don’t recommend you do) try out one of the study schedules above. It’s definitely not $700+. Who knows–this might be the key to unlocking your testing potential.

      • I had the same experience you did lol makes me wonder if we had the same instructor. My instructor knows the material and is a pretty good teacher but lacks patience and be quite rude. The pace was not good for me at all. I am just miffed about the money. I am going to take the owners of this site’s advice and get myself some prep books. Are you using their twelve week plan? Is it working well for you? I’m trying to come up with a schedule for myself.

        • Ha, it’s possible, man. It seems to be a moderately common trait amongst LSAT trainers from test prep companies like Powerscore, Test Masters, etc.: instructors are advertised as LSAT juggernauts that scored in the 99th percentile yada yada, but that’s no indication whether or not they teach you how to conquer the test properly.

          I’ve been perusing the site for a few months now learning all that I can and I for one trust Josh and Evan’s guidance on all things LSAT. I’m on their twelve week schedule and from my initial diagnostic until now (about 3 weeks) I’ve jumped about 7 points on average, so I’m pretty pleased with my developments and hope to continue climbing the grading ladder. And for $20, the twelve week schedule is basically free.

          That said, this is mostly my opinion and personal experience, so take it with a grain of salt.

Leave A Reply