LSAT Preparation: Study Tips to Victory
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LSAT Preparation: Study Tips to Victory

Prior to applying to law school everyone will have to take the LSAT. This concise explanation of the LSAT gives suggestions from the months prior through the days before into the day of the LSAT. Explicating the skills, strategies and mental preparedness necessary to tackle the LSAT.

Studying for the Law School Admission Test, LSAT, is a very important step while transitioning from university to law school.  The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council, LSAC, for admissions into Juris Doctorate programs.  The LSAT tests your skills and reasoning and all the questions will be self contained.  Your reasoning skills are being tested not knowledge, keeping this in mind is vital.

The LSAT is formed in six parts:  Two parts Logical Reasoning, one part Logic Games, one Reading Comprehension, one Writing sample, and a single experimental section used for LSAC purposes only.

Each section is tested during a thirty-five minute block of time; half way through there will be a ten to fifteen minute break giving the entire test day around four and one half hours to tax body and mind.  Proper preparation is key, in the weeks leading up to the LSAT it is necessary to practice the whole test including the isolation and silence.

The LSAT score is based on four graded multiple choice portions, of which two will be Logical Reasoning.  Remember, that Logical Reasoning may be as much as three fifths of the total multiple choice questions.  Being properly prepared for the Logical Reasoning portion is the first strategy for a increasing your LSAT score.  The remaining Logic Games and reading comprehension test different skills, yet represent equal value question for question.  The only weighted value given to a question is any given question and the ability to distract one from the task at hand.  Notice difficulty and plan accordingly so as to increase your time spent answering easy questions first, those of medium difficulty should be very well educated guesses and the most difficult should only be tackled last or as an intelligent guess.  It is very common to test out of order, therefore all the more important to be mindful, fill in the answer under the correct number.  The hardest questions often peak near the mid-point, practice testing beginning to middle and then backward.

Logical Reasoning

This section is comprised of a stimulus paragraph or discussion between two interlocutors.  Evaluate and understand the logic, structure and inferences.

Logic Games

This section will be comprised of four analytic reasoning games with five to seven questions each.

Reading Comprehension

This section tests the ability to read and quickly understand the ideas being conveyed as well as the structure of the argument.  Reason clearly and deductively given the set of rules and restrictions.

Writing Sample

The writing sample presents a problem with two options from which based on given criteria one will argue in favor of one.  This portion is ungraded; it will be sent to each Law School which your LSAT scores are sent out to. 

Scoring for the LSAT is designed to pool the given applicants in relation to each other for law school purposes.  That is a 80% means that 80% of test takers scored at or below your score.  A grade in the 99th percentile can just as easily be a 172 as a 167.  Though the percentile score is the important statistic, you will also receive a simple numeric score between 120 and 180.  LSAC officials create each yearly algorithm in order to create the proper curve of applicants.  Remember that each question is of equal value, while each question is not of equal difficulty. 

When preparing for the LSAT it is important to schedule your time leading up to the test date.  Consider the four test dates per year as well as the application deadlines for the Law Schools of your choice.  LSAT as well as CAS registration are done on LSAC.org.

Set and prepare study goals.  Build up your tolerance for testing conditions as well as your skills in each portion of the LSAT.  Use your time wisely, set goals and be sure you are mentally as physically ready to take the test.

Prepare yourself for test day by investigating the site of the exam.  The goal of all preparation is to remove as many test day stresses as possible.  If the drive may be stressful arrive early; meditate or relax prior.  Carry your intelligence, reason, and preparedness into the test room leave stress behind.

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