If you are thinking of pursuing a career in law, you have to be prepared for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test can be considered as a rite of passage for future lawyers, which is why you should be suitably geared to take it. Also, many admission committees in various law schools place as much weight on LSAT scores as your undergraduate GPA, which shows how important this single test is and is equivalent to all the college exams you have taken. Thus, a good question to ask is how should you prepare for your LSAT?
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Know the Test Format
Before making your preparations for LSAT, it is important to know what the test will be like. The basic format of the test comprises five multiple-choice sections, and the graded four sections are listed below.
- Logical reasoning (two sections)
- Analytical reasoning (one section)
- Reading comprehension (one section)
According to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the test is currently fully digital, wherein the test is to be taken in a tablet with a stylus. The overall duration of the test may take around 4 hours, including breaks, administration time, and 35 minutes allotted for each multiple-choice section.
Choose the Best Study Material
Once you know the format of the test and it will proceed, it’s time to select the best study material you can review and gain knowledge from. It is essential that you secure prep books to help you do well on the LSAT, and these books should be the most up-to-date edition. Also, it would be helpful to get copies of previously administered LSATs from online sources. If you can get your hands on questions with answers and explanations, the better. More importantly, the purpose of having previous test copies is for you to simulate the test conditions by answering a complete set of tests. Practice answering the tests under time pressure until you get comfortable and develop practices that help you answer quickly and efficiently.
Register for the LSAT
As soon as you are able to secure your study material and familiarize the test flow, it’s time to pick a test date that works best for you. Registering for the test with the LSAT effectively puts you on study mode because you will be provided a definite test date and schedule. You’ll be able to plan out your study sessions and review dates and you can strengthen your resolve to decline invitations for trips, travels, and hangouts.
Systematize Your Study Time
In connection with your registration for the LSAT, your ideal schedule should be at least 2 months in advance. If you can make the test schedule to be 3 months ahead, the better. From here on, mark your calendar or your planner with your study schedules. You need to dedicate 2 to 3 hours of study a day and allocate 4 to 5 days of the week for study, practice, and other preparations. Have a mindset of a student studying for a subject for a full semester and preparing for the final examination. Ensuring your success in the LSAT depends on how effectively you manage your time for studying and other related preparations for the test. Procrastination is a dangerous enemy when it comes to exam preparations, and preparing a study time block is a good way of keeping your study habits intact until the day of the test.
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There is no magic bullet when it comes to succeeding in the LSAT. For those who want to succeed in this prestigious rite of passage, your preparations should be tailor-fit to your lifestyle and personality. Extra effort and diligence are also needed to make a winning personal formula in preparing and acing your LSAT.