Have you only taken a handful of full, timed full LSAT preptests? If so, you’ve got ALOT of room for improvement. I was probably only scoring around 160 or so by my 6th timed LSAT preptest. After my 20th preptest or so I was up in the low 170s and by the time I’d done about 35 full timed LSAT preptests I was consistently between 176 and 179.
If you’ve only been going at LSAT prep for about a month and/or haven’t taken a significant number of PTs, I’m pretty comfortable recommending that you push back your LSAT test date. By the end of your prep, you want to have done about 25 to 30 full timed LSAT preptests, with review. If you are not on pace to do so, consider changing dates.
Even if you feel like you’re doing pretty well, pushing back your test date could make all the difference… If you are already getting, for example, -3 on LG, you should be able to lock that section down and consistently hit -0 or -1 by test day.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU PUSH BACK YOUR TEST DATE
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Will Pushing Back My Test Date Affect My Application?
Pushing back your LSAT until December will delay your applications by about a month, but if you can add 5 or 6 points to your score by doing so, then you’ll be in a much better position having done so. Just make sure to get every other portion of your application completed well in advance of your December LSAT.
That way you’ll be able to submit your law school applications the same day you get your score back in December. It might not be a bad idea to spend the next week or so focusing on getting that stuff together before diving back into LSAT prep.
Getting all of that stuff in order is much more time consuming and difficult than you realize before beginning the process, and you don’t want to have to worry about it as December approaches when your full focus needs to be on LSAT.
You also don’t want to have to rush to get everything together between the day you take the LSAT and the day you get your score… and you certainly don’t want any additional delays in your application once you get your score back.
I’m taking the December LSAT. I’m thinking about purchasing the 10 week study schedule. I know that will leave me with just about 6 week of studying. Do you think that the 10 week will be sufficient or adaptable to my rushed schedule ?
I’m going to take the Dec 6th LSAT.
Due to circumstances, I’m going to start studying for it November 5th.
Yes. One month. I bought an LSAT study guide and am going to cram for the full month.
It’s not ideal, by a long shot.
I will also register for the February LSAT. However, I really want to get my school app turned in in January.
So, given this, any advice on what to target as a priority?
Thanks so much ….
Hey Josh, I’ve got a question.
I’m currently registered for the September LSAT, but lately I have been having second thoughts about it. I do not feel 100% confident that I will be able to hit my target score on test day. I am aiming for low 170s, so ideally I aim to get mid 170s on prep tests (because people tend to test lower than their PT scores).
I’ll be applying to the lowest 2-3 schools of T14 as reach schools, some other top 30s as both reach and target schools as well as lower ranked “safety” schools.
I’m also a splitter with a 3.2-3.3 GPA, so doing well on the LSAT is extremely important.
My question is, as a splitter, is it better for me to apply early in the current app cycle? Should I just power through the next 2 weeks and get as high as possible of a score in order to apply ED? I’ve heard (on TLS posts) that splitters should apply as early as possible in order to maximize chances of admission. I’ve also heard that this is less relevant now than it was a few years ago due to the drop in law school applications.