The LSAT is such an important test in determining not only admission into a law school but also whether you will receive a scholarship. Many law schools weight it either as being worth the same or more as your GPA when determining whether to admit you and if you’ll receive a scholarship. That means that one four-hour test is worth basically the same as four years of school! God knows you spend enough time trying to get impressive grades in school that it is worth it to spend the right amount of time studying for the LSAT.
Many students study for the LSAT for three months. Three months is the “industry standard” and many LSAT courses schedule their classes around a three-month schedule. But three months is frequently not enough time – especially if you have other obligations such as school or work.
Why is three months not enough time? Because the LSAT is not a typical test. It tests critical thinking, argument evaluation, logical reasoning, and the ability to read and understand complex materials. You have probably not taken a test like the LSAT before. It is a different kind of test that requires different skills and a different level of thinking than you are likely used to.
Some students say, “Well if I’m unhappy with my score, I’ll retake it!” but the last thing you want to do is take the LSAT twice. You will have to repay the fee, re-suffer through the stress of studying for a test, and will be punished at the minority of schools that “average out” your LSAT scores rather than using the highest score to determine whether you’ll be admitted.
Instead, we recommend you start at least 6 months early. How?
- Take a practice test from the LSAC website. See how you do. Don’t worry if your score is low – it is good to have a benchmark of where you are starting from. It is possible to improve your score significantly through practice.
- Take out a big calendar, add in all of your obligations, then make a realistic study schedule.
- Stick to your schedule! If you need someone to keep you accountable, consider private tutoring. We offer online and in-person tutoring from experts with extremely high LSAT scores (and a lot of experience tutoring!) It is actually a cheaper option and a much better option than most LSAT courses!
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