Three Essential LSAT Prep Items
Ready to start studying for the LSAT, but not quite sure what you need? In the LSAT prep market, it’s often hard to tell what is necessary, and what is superfluous. In this post, we break down the three essential LSAT prep items you need to really prepare for the exam!
Three Essential LSAT Prep Items
1. 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTest Volumes
If you only get one of our essential LSAT prep items, make it this one. These volumes, published by LSAC, combine the last 10 disclosed LSAT tests. These should form the bedrock of your LSAT studying after you’ve mastered some of the basics. It’s not often that students have access to the exact test a professor gave the previous semester. In the case of these volumes, that’s exactly what you get! It is impossible to truly study for the exam without working off sample questions. Since LSAC releases all but one test a year, it would be silly not to use this material!
There are currently six volumes of these released LSATs. Volumes IV, V, and VI are must-purchase LSAT prep items. If you manage to work through all those exams, you can then purchase the previous ones. The LSAT does change over time; portions of the exam change, so older volumes are not as useful if they test older game types or do not have comparative reading. Focusing on more recently LSATs will give you a better idea of what to expect when you sit for the exam.
2. Recently released LSATs (singular)
Another essential LSAT prep item is the most recently released LSAT PrepTest. LSAC does not update the previously mentioned volumes every administration, so, depending on when you take the test, you could be missing multiple released LSATs. LSAC numbers every released PrepTest, so it’s easy to determine if there are newer ones not included in a volume you purchase. They are available to purchase at many online retailers, including Amazon.
The newest PrepTests give you more practice and also allow you to test yourself on the latest material. You want to see everything LSAC releases, so it is well worth your time and money to track these down. They are more expensive per test than the bound volumes are. However, there’s really nothing like an officially released PrepTest to help you prepare for test day. Plus, if LSAC introduces a new element to a section of the test, you won’t be surprised on test day if you buy the most current PrepTest released!
Another essential LSAT prep item is a timer. Most people have one built into their smartphones. However you track one down, make sure you do! It’s impossible to do well on the LSAT if you don’t have a good grasp on the timing element of the exam. In a vacuum, most students could probably solve most of the problems on the test. You are never going to officially take the LSAT in a vacuum, so why would you want to prepare for it like you are? You should introduce timed practice early in your LSAT prep, and stick to it.
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