Happy Friday , LSAT prep friends! I wanted to take a quick break from discussing content with you to delve back into the importance of mimicking testing conditions. We’ve discussed this time and time again, but I feel, as we are now well into our February grind, that I’d like to broach the topic with you once more.
Your best weapon against the LSAT is practice. And the optimal way to practice is to mirror all the conditions you will face on exam day. This way, come the February 2015 exam, you will be well-conditioned to the amount of focus, stamina, speed, and technique you will need on the actual test.
Many LSAT students always bring up TIMING as a potential issue, especially during the beginning of their LSAT Test journey. I want to stress to you that timing, at this point in the game, is not what you should be focusing on. Right now you want to focus on getting through your lessons and mastering the skills and techniques for each question type. I promise, as you master these skills, your timing will catch up.
Now, that’s not to say that timing doesn’t take practice. It’s imperative to practice your timing on the exam. Remember, LSAC does not allow digital watches. But, don’t you fret! LSATMax has done away with the dilemma of time calculation during the exam by creating the LSATMax 35-min Analog Watch.
The watch is an analog watch that only counts 35 minutes. You can wind the minute hand of the watch to the “12 o’clock” position, which is marked “35,” and begin the section. The minute hand conveniently winds down clockwise and the face of the watch is marked in five-minute increments from 35 to zero. When the section is done, all you need to do is wind the minute hand 180 degrees back up to the 35-minute mark and begin again. You can buy the LSATMax 35-min Analog Watch here for only $19 + shipping.
Now, though timing always seems to surface as a common issue for LSAT students, I want to talk about another evil of the exam: FOCUS. The LSAT is first and foremost a test of endurance. You have to sit down and methodically work through five sections, each 35-minutes long, spanning a total of almost three hours (without your fifteen minute break); after which you must finish the un-scored writing section! It’s barbaric! Well, as with the ever-common issue of timing, LSATMax has a solution for you.
TestMax, the creator of LSATMax, released the TestMax Exam Proctor Ap last yearp. The TestMax Exam Proctor App gives students the ability to simulate an authentic exam room experience for up to eight of the most popular standardized exams: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, TOEFL and the Bar exam. Not only does the app simulate the exact timing and sections for each of these exams, but it also simulates testing conditions by offering the option of specific section instructions and even background noise to help assimilate students to what they will face on test day.
So not only does the app help you select and customize your personally proctored practice LSAT, but it also helps you practice your focus on exam day by distracting you with background noise. The app has the ability to simulate completely random background noise that you should expect to hear in your actual LSAT-testing room. The app can play a randomized sound mix of coughing, sneezing, rustling, and tapping. Practicing with this background noise feature on will help you learn to phase out background noise and focus on only the questions in front of you. The best part, TestMax’s Exam Proctor App is completely FREE to download from the Apple App Store.
Whatever your LSAT prep course may be, make sure to download our Exam Proctor App so that you can optimize your practice exams and timed sections by mirroring testing conditions.
Hope you have a great weekend!