The LSAT is Less Than a Month Away: How You Should Be Preparing

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The LSAT is now less than one month away. Before you start freaking out, you still have plenty of time to increase your LSAT score.

To do so, it is imperative that you maximize your prep time but at the same time avoid burning yourself out before your big day. The last thing you need come September 24th is mental fatigue.

At this point in your LSAT prep, you should have a solid foundation in place in terms of strategies and techniques, so your primary focus will be honing these skills under time pressure.

Here is a breakdown of how we recommend approaching this final month:

Weekends

  • Take Full-Length Practice LSAT* w/ Time Pressure: Take one full-length, five-section practice LSATs per week, ideally on Saturday at the same time your actual LSAT will be administered. You want your mind to associate Saturday mornings with the LSAT. Since digital timers are banned on the LSAT, make sure to use an analog timer, such as our 35-min LSAT watch (save $10 with code: septime), to keep time.
  • Relax: After taking this practice LSAT under simulated exam conditions, we would not recommend doing any more LSAT prep that day. Take a break. Hang out with your friends and/or family.
  • Retake Full-Length Practice LSAT w/o Time Pressure: On Sunday, before you score your LSAT, we recommend taking the same LSAT again, but this time without the time pressure.
    • Are you selecting the same answer as the day before? If not, why not? What are you seeing differently this time around without the time pressure?
    • Ask yourself, what makes the correct answer choice correct? What makes the incorrect answer choices incorrect?

Weekdays

  • Take Individual LSAT Sections w/ Time Pressure: The rest of the week, to avoid burning yourself out, we recommend taking individual sections under time pressure. This way, you will still be practicing under time pressure, but you will avoid the mental drain of full-length LSATs.
  • Retake Individual LSAT Sections w/o Time Pressure: Before scoring, we would again recommend taking the same section without time pressure.
  • Identify Weaknesses & Address Them: Look for any trends in the question types and/or concepts you are missing and review the strategies for them. If you are using LSATMax on iOS, our analytics will do this work for you. If you are not, keep track of the question types you are missing and the frequency.

Do not make the mistake of thinking the only way to study is by doing more and more practice LSAT questions. Reviewing your previous work is imperative to your success down the stretch.

If you still find yourself struggling, subscribe to LSATMax for as low as $99/month and get instant access to proven strategies for every question type and concept. After all, doing the same thing but expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

Hope this helps! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time via email or at 855.483.7862 (Monday-Friday 9am-6pm PST).

* To create a full-length, five-section test, take an LSAT PrepTest and add one section from a different PrepTest to it.

Updated on Aug 25, 2016