Am I Ready For the February 2018 LSAT?
The February 2018 LSAT is about a month away! In this post, we give you steps to help you decide if you are ready to sit for it!
Am I Ready For the February 2018 LSAT?
Our advice is going to fall into 2 categories: if you’ve taken the LSAT already, and if you have never taken the LSAT before.
I Have Taken The LSAT Already
If you’ve taken the LSAT already during a disclosed test, you should have your Score Report and test. These are going to be the tools you use to judge if your are ready for the February 2018 LSAT.
1. Analyze your Score Report to uncover any weaknesses.
Your Score Report will help you determine if you need more time to study for the LSAT. Go through the report, and see if there is any section you struggled with any or question type you consistently answered incorrectly. If a Logic Game or Logical Reasoning question type hurt you, it’s good to know before you jump back into studying so you can change your approach.
In addition, pay close attention to what portion of each section you struggled on. If you notice you consistently get many of the last 10 questions in any one section incorrect, there’s two possible explanations. The first is you are simply running out of time, and need to work on your timing. You could also be struggling with mental fatigue, and can’t hone in on the last few questions.
2. Determine what changes to make.
Next, determine what changes you need to make. If timing and fatigue are your main issues, those are relatively easy fixes. You can work strict timing into your practice, and also ramp up how many questions you do at a particular time to build mental endurance. If you struggle with whole sections, you may need to reevaluate your timeline. Although you can make big strides on the LSAT in a small amount of time, there’s about a month until the exam. Be honest with yourself. If you cannot commit a large portion of time to studying between now and then, delay your test until June.
3. Set a study schedule.
Finally, make sure to set a study schedule so you are prepared for the February 2018 LSAT. Now that you know your weaknesses, work to resolve them by setting up specific times to address them. Focus on what hurt you last time. If timing was an issue, only practice with the timer running from here on it. If you struggled with a particular game type, really hit it hard during your prep. Tailor your approach to not only review the LSAT as a whole, but to also really focus on your weaknesses so they don’t negatively affect you the next time. If you are able to complete all the steps above, you will be ready for the February 2018 LSAT. If not, delay your test until June!
I Have Not Taken The LSAT
If the February 2018 LSAT is your first time sitting for the exam, follow the steps below to help evaluate your readiness!
1. Judge where you are by taking a practice LSAT.
Before you commit to taking the February 2018 LSAT, take a practice LSAT, under timed conditions. A month before your administration is a good time to see where you are. If your score is much lower (5 points or more) from where you want to be, you have a lot of work to do. If you have other large time commitments, like school or a job, you may need to wait until June to take the LSAT. However, if you can commit a large portion of your time to studying, then you have more options.
2. Develop a study schedule.
Yes, this is the same as the advice above, but students who develop and stick to a study schedule do much better on the LSAT than those who don’t. Be realistic with your scheduling, and make sure to stick to it! If you consistently find yourself skipping study sessions or struggling to keep up with your schedule, you will probably need to delay your test.
3. Take a practice LSAT a week before your administration.
A week before you sit for the February 2018 LSAT, take another practice LSAT, under timed conditions, to see how you’ve progressed. If you see an improvement and are closer to your ideal score, then sit for the exam! If not, consider delaying your exam. The February LSAT is not disclosed, meaning you won’t receive your exam back after scores are released. Without this tool, it will be difficult to tell where you struggled. So, it might be in your best interests to wait until June to take the exam.
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