Where Should I Be Two Weeks Before the LSAT?
We are now within two weeks of the September 2017 LSAT! One of the most common questions we get from students is “Where should I be now in terms of my prep?” Although this does vary from student to student during their prep time, we do have some general advice of where you should be two weeks before the LSAT. Read further to see more details!
Where Should I Be Two Weeks Before the LSAT?
We’ll breakdown our recommendations by section.
1. Logic Games
By two weeks before the LSAT, you should be familiar with every game type, and understand the strategy for solving them. This is not to say you should have mastered every game from the last 25 years. However, you should be able to read the problem and have a good idea on how to set up a diagram to solve it. You should also understand the rules presented, and have a good grasp on how to shorthand them. In addition, you should be comfortable making inferences based on the rules, and implementing them into your diagram. Finally, all of the above needs to be completed in about 8 minutes, 45 seconds, which is the time you will have for each game on test day.
You do not have to be a Logic Games expert by any means to do well on the LSAT. It is the worth the least amount of any section. However, you should be comfortable with working with every different game type: linear/sequencing, advanced linear/sequencing, grouping, hybrid and transpositional. If you are struggling with Logic Games still, I would focus on linear/sequencing and grouping games from here on out. There will be at least one sequencing/linear game and one grouping game on the LSAT. Mastering these games gives you the best chance to get points on test day. They also help set you up to best understand advanced linear and hybrid games, since they use many of the same skills. Check out our tips for Logic Games success if you need any additional pointers.
2. Logical Reasoning
Two weeks before the LSAT, you should be completing, on average, at least one full Logical Reasoning section per day in 35 minutes or less. Not only is this the best way to prepare for the rigors of the exam, it also means that you will expose yourself to all the different types of question. Remember, the two Logical reasoning sections on the LSAT are worth 51 out of the 101 available points. That’s slightly more than 50% of your overall score! Ideally, you should work on completing multiple sections of these in a row. The LSAT is a marathon. You do not want to be mentally exhausted after the first few sections, and, generally, we find that students find these questions the most exhausting. So practice them consistently ahead of time!
Once you complete a section and grade it, don’t think you are done! Make sure to analyze your results and to see if there is a particular question type you struggle with. It might be that you get 8 questions wrong, but of those, 4 are strengthen/weaken and 4 are assumption questions. If this is the case, make sure to focus extra attention on these type of questions moving forward. Regardless of the question type you get wrong, make sure to figure out why you answered incorrectly. Did you not read every option? Did you fall for a trick? Or, did you not understand the question at all? Really dive into your incorrect answers, and you’ll see your Logical Reasoning score increase! Our tips for Logical Reasoning questions are here if you need them to guide your prep!
3. Reading Comprehension
The main goal of Reading Comprehension prep is timing. This section is most akin to what you do in real life, either at work or in your undergraduate classes. So, two weeks before the LSAT, you should be primarily worried about finishing in time. Of all the sections on the LSAT, students generally struggle to finish in 35 minutes on this one. So, make sure you are taking the sections timed, and that you finish within 8 minutes, 45 seconds for each. Take full sections of Reading Comprehension when you practice. There’s little value in focusing on individual passages as this point, since you need to get through 4 on test day.
If you struggle with the content on Reading Comprehension, there is still time to adjust your approach. The most common technique to approaching this section is underlining, circling, and highlighting different aspects of each paragraph. This does not work for anyone, myself included! If you would like to try a new approach, check out what we advise students to do if they want a different way to tackle reading passages.
4. Writing Sample
Two weeks before the LSAT, the writing sample section should not be high on your list of priorities. However, if you feel confident in the other sections, or have time to spare, feel free to practice one or two of them. See our LSAT writing sample tips for any other questions you might have!
5. What if I haven’t taken a full LSAT yet?
While not ideal two weeks before the LSAT, you still have time! Even if you’ve mastered each individual section on the LSAT, you need to emulate your test day beforehand. Often, people get too confident with how well they do on individual sections, and never take a whole test in one sitting. This is a terrible approach. As we’ve often preached, you need to prepare yourself for the LSAT like you are running an endurance race. If you were planning on running a marathon, you wouldn’t want race day to be your first time running more than 5 miles, right? The same logic holds true for the LSAT. You need mental endurance to do well on the later sections on the test. It can only really be built by practicing beforehand.
So, make time this week and next to sit down and experience at least one full, timed LSAT. Ideally, try to take multiple tests before your test day. With two weeks before the LSAT, you should have plenty of opportunities to carve out time for practice tests.
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