The date for this year’s June LSAT is June 6, 2016 and that means you have approximately 3 months to get into LSAT-fighting shape. While the amount of time needed to prepare for the LSAT is different for everyone, three months is generally a solid amount of time to dedicate to this exam.
First, let’s get acquainted with the June LSAT. The June LSAT, unlike the other LSATs, is administered on a Monday, and it usually begins somewhere around noon. This is very different from our normal Saturday at 8am LSATs. The Monday LSAT might also mean that you’ll have to plan ahead and take off of work or school. Though a lot of non-morning people rejoice at the Godly hour of the June exam, the extra time waiting around to take the test can cause unneeded stress. Moreover, as you all should know by now, the LSAT is a very long exam, about 3 ½ hours of testing time, plus breaks and additional administrative time for test booklets to be distributed, collected and counted. For those of you taking the exam in June, this could mean a minimum of being at the testing center from 11:30 am (if you want to really push it and get there the latest you should) to 4:00pm. Not only will you be fighting test day nerves, and test-taking fatigue, but, as the day wears on, you’ll also be battling your normal tiredness of the day. Think about it, how much harder is the 3pm lull than the 1pm lull? The energy from your breakfast will be wearing off and you may not get the chance to eat a full, nutritious meal before the exam. These are all the things you need to think about for the June exam. If they sounded not so fun to you, I’d recommend taking the “Septober” LSAT (near the end of September or the beginning of October).
On the other hand, if you feel you can tackle these little hurdles of the June LSAT, it’s really time to start studying now. I know you feel you are more of a day person than a morning person, but the time of the June LSAT will still affect you. I encourage you to start conditioning yourself during your LSAT prep to be awake during the crucial testing hours of noon-4pm. If work and school permit, try taking a practice LSAT every Monday at noon. If not, make sure to take as many noon practice LSATs as possible. If that means you can only do a practice exam at the exact testing time on Saturday and Sunday, then so be it. Remember to never cheat yourself and always time your practice LSATs. The more you mimic test day and testing conditions, the better prepared you’ll be on test day. You have to try and condition your mind to peak between the hours of 11am to 4 pm.
As the weeks pass I will go over with you the strategies of the LSAT and the different things you need to start doing to get yourself prepared for the exam. It’s the perfect time to start, so if you haven't already, make sure you download LSATMax for free today and take the June 2007 LSAT to gauge where you are and how far you’re going to have to go to achieve your dream LSAT score.