Completion of an undergraduate degree is an incredible accomplishment that one can take with them for the rest of their lives. While many students will dive right into the working world post-grad, others may continue to further their education with Master’s Programs, Medical Schools, or Law Degrees. For students anticipating a further education, depending on their route, extensive test preparation should be expected. For potential law students, the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) is the exam that determines whether or not they will be accepted into law school, and the acceptance of the school depends on your overall score and prior undergraduate history. Similar to the SAT, the higher your LSAT score is, the better chance you will have of admission into the top tier law schools. With that, it is crucial to remember your preparation beforehand is a key component to your success (and hopeful high score). Here are a few steps to take when preparing for the LSAT.
Pay Attention to Your Undergraduate Performance
How well you do in your undergraduate career may not directly affect your LSAT score (although relatable courses and general education will always keep your brain sharp), but it still holds a heavy weight when it comes to admissions. When applying to law school, the two factors that carry significant weight in the end decision are your LSAT scores as well as your overall GPA upon graduating with your degree. If you’re intending on taking the LSAT, remember that your undergraduate experience is just as important.
Decide on a Prep Course or Self-Study
LSAT Prep courses can be overwhelming to think about. You just paid or took out loans for your degree, and now you’re looking into a course that isn’t exactly cheap and has no technical guarantee of getting you a high score. This should really be left up to your personal decision. LSAT Prep courses are essential for some people in the process of their preparation; a class-like learning environment may assist them better than studying alone. While someone who takes a prep course may obtain a higher score than a self-studier, the reverse situation is not unheard of.
Create a Study Schedule/Routine
Studying for the LSAT significantly differs from taking a few days before your final exam to get some studying done. Preparation for the LSAT is recommended for a minimum of 120 hours broken down through weeks. In fact, according to Kaplan, 120 hours should be viewed as the bare minimum; the recommended amount of study time is between 150-300 hours over the duration of your prep period. This is definitely not an exam that you want to cram for.
Don’t Forget to Answer Every Single Question
Before you take the actual LSAT, it is recommended that a few practice tests are taken. The more you struggle with standardized testing, the more you should practice before the big day. To ensure this is a habit you adopt in the beginning, don’t forget to answer every single question (even when practicing). Unlike the SAT, where wrong answers count against you, there is no penalty for wrong answers on the LSAT. Always make sure you answer every single question, even if you think it’s wrong; you have a 25% chance of getting it right just by selecting an answer!