10 LAST minute LSAT tips
Last-minute LSAT Tip #1: You CAN improve your score in the final weeks leading up to the exam. The pressure of a rapidly approaching exam was a huge motivating factor for me. In the 2 weeks before I took the LSAT, I could finally break through my plateau and break into the 170+ range. My hard work during the last 2 weeks paid off in a 177 on exam day.
Last-minute LSAT Tip #2: Take a timed LSAT preptest at least every other day during your last LSAT prep weeks. This really helped me improve my timing, stamina, and overall comfortability with the LSAT materials.
Last-minute LSAT Tip #3: Get motivated! Find a way to pump yourself up for exam day. A positive, optimistic, enthusiastic attitude toward the exam will inspire you to work hard and stay focused during the last couple of weeks before taking the LSAT. The LSAT can be tedious, so find something to inspire and motivate you.
Last-minute LSAT Tip #4: Engage in discussion in the comments section of this site. I found it very helpful to discuss my LSAT strategies with other people when I wasn’t prepping. Not only did this provide me with feedback from others, but it also forced me to analyze and evaluate how I was prepping and approaching the LSAT. Discussing the LSAT can keep your mind focused on the exam even when you aren’t actively prepping & teaching can be a compelling way to learn.
Last-minute LSAT Tip #5: Stay healthy. The stress of the last weeks before taking the LSAT can take a toll on your body and mind. Ensure that you are eating healthily, avoiding drinking alcohol, and exercising (at least take a short walk) daily. Don’t pull all-nighters & be sure to get plenty of sleep every night. You want to be awake, aware, focused, and feeling great when you walk into the test center.
Last-minute LSAT Tip #6: Learn about your test center. If possible, take a trip to your LSAT testing location during the final week before the exam. Learn how to get there so that you don’t get lost on exam day. Try and find out what room the exam will be administered in and ask to see the room. This will ensure that you don’t encounter any surprises when you sit for the exam (e.g., small desks, cold rooms, clock locations, etc.). If possible, take a full, timed preptest by yourself at the testing location. Anything that helps you become more comfortable in the testing environment will minimize unwanted stress on exam day.
Last-minute LSAT Tip #7: Prepare your gallon ziplock bag with your admissions ticket, ID, photograph, analog watch, #2 pencils, sharpener, eraser, tissues, and medical products. You don’t want to forget anything, so make sure that you have this ready in advance. Make a checklist and double-check the bag before you go to bed the night before the exam to ensure everything is there.
Last-minute LSAT Tip #8: Expect a long wait before you actually start the exam. On test day, there will be a long line and many administrative issues that the proctors will have to attend to before they allow you to begin the exam. You might be waiting around at the test center for anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours before they begin administering the exam. Don’t let this throw you off.
Last-minute LSAT Tip #9: Use these upcoming days wisely. You probably don’t have time to improve on every aspect of the exam, so focus on the areas where you are most likely to increase your score. By targeting your prep efforts, you maximize your chances of realizing substantive gains. Logical Reasoning accounts for 1/2 of the exam, so any improvement on that section is worth twice as much on your overall score. Certain types of logic games are rare, so don’t spend your precious final hours focusing too much time on them. The more common an element is on the exam, and the weaker your performance on that element, the more effort you should put towards improving that aspect of the exam during the final stretch of your LSAT prep.