Alright, so we’re on the last stretch of our LSAT prep for the February 2015 LSAT. There are some things I wanted to make sure to discuss with you before the big day. First of all, if you aren’t already getting at least seven hours of sleep EACH night, then you must start today and continue to do so until the exam. Why? Because your level of exhaustion is not necessarily based on how much sleep you got the previous night. Your lack of sleep catches up with you. So even if you get a full night’s rest the night before the exam, your lack of sleep two nights before may make you sleepy and unfocused on test day.
The last full-length practice LSAT you should take is Wednesday (or three days before your exam). As you know, once in a while, you’ll get a fluke diag that will inaccurately reflect your score, whether it’s due to an off-day or some unconscious distraction. Therefore, you don’t want to accidentally take that “off-exam” the day before your LSAT right? Of course not! You’ll freak yourself out! Take your last practice exam on Wednesday, grade it and review it. Then on Thursday, just do individual sections under time pressure.
As with sleep, you need to be eating immaculately over these last four days, since a small glitch one day can catch up with you a few days later. So don’t go out to restaurants that might get you sick. If there is anyone around you who so much as sneezes, either leave or ask them to. This is not the time to be polite! You’ve worked too hard to get sick over these last few days and compromise your LSAT score for something you could have avoided.
Lastly, and this might be the most important and the hardest for you to actually do. On the last day before the exam, DO NOT STUDY! Yes, you read correctly. Do NOT study. You know as well as I that one extra day of studying will not change anything. But one extra day of relaxation before the exam can help you clear your mind and nerves before test day. If you just can’t help it, then stop your studying at 3:00PM the latest, but I’d advise to just get the full day of relaxation in.
It’s very, very important to be well-rested and relaxed! It’s also important to be prepared for what you will face non-LSAT-content-wise on the day of. That means you need to make sure you have your one-gallon plastic ziplock bag ready and packed with all the required materials: appropriate ID, LSAT Admissions Ticket, etc. Make sure you’ve gone over the list of prohibited items as well. That way you won’t get turned away for wearing a hooded shirt with nothing underneath to swap with. That’s right, you can’t wear non-religious hoods or hats in the exam room. Digital timers are also prohibited on the LSAT.
Know a few routes to your testing location and plan to get there at least half an hour early to find parking and the correct building. It’s been a long road for some of you, and I want you to know that there’s a light at the end of this LSAT prep tunnel. You’ve only got four more days! Way to go!