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Most people take practice LSATs wrong. I see it all the time, and it sucks because it comes back to bite them in the ass on test day. I don't want that to happen to you!
The key to practicing LSATs is to simulate the real testing environment as closely as possible. That way, test day is just like another practice test. How do you do this?
First, gear up with exactly what you are allowed to use on test date:
LSAT printed on paper. Never take an LSAT displayed from a screen of any kind.
No. 2 pencil, eraser and sharpener. Never use a mechanical pencil, pen, marker etc.
Analog wristwatch. Never use a digital timer - you need to get used to your watch. If you don't have one yet, use the one in our LSAT Proctor App until you get one.
Secondly, set the mood with the right test environment
Find your test location and practice in a similar place. If you can, practice in the actual test location.
You will test in the early morning (unless you are taking the June LSAT, when it is in the early afternoon). Take your tests at that time.
Lastly, listen to the real test instructions with appropriate background noises.
This is easy - just download the free LSAT Proctor App in less than 30 seconds (Android app is coming soon)
Use the app when you practice. The app includes real proctoring instructions, realistic background sounds and a virtual analog watch.
That's it! Now that you know how to take LSATs the *right* way, get the app and take an LSAT Prep Test right now.
It's very important that you print your PrepTests correctly. If you don't, you're denying yourself the opportunity to get comfortable with the actual layout of the test.
Here are the simple steps to follow:
1. Scroll to the first page of Section 1 of your PrepTest.
2. Scroll back 1 page so you're on the page before the first page of Section 1.
3. Start printing on that page.
This way, whether you print single sided or double sided, you'll get the correct layout. An added bonus is that you are NOT printing the cover page which just wastes ink.
Reading Comprehension, for example, opens up like a book. Passage on the left hand side, (most of the) questions on the right hand side. No flipping the page back and forth to go from passage to questions or vice versa.
For most students reading comprehension is the hardest part of the LSAT to improve on. They feel that reading is a talent that you can't really improve. Or they may try just reading a lot to improve.
But you can improve! How? Use the 7Sage Memory Method.
The key to Reading Comprehension is not reading. It's comprehension! It doesn't matter how fast you tear through the passage unless you understand and remember what you read.
The Memory Method trains you to understand and retain the passage you read. This makes it easier to answer the questions. To learn the Memory Method, check out this quick video.
In just 10 minutes you can be ready to tackle reading comprehension. I know you can do it.
You already know that taking real LSATs is vital to improving your score. But properly reviewing the tests you take will really take your score to the next level.
First, let's look at how most people review. They take a timed test or section. When they finish, they flip to the answer key and rush to correct their work. "Yes, I'm right - I'm awesome!", or "Argh, I'm wrong - I suck!".
You probably review this way - I did when I started out. Heck, there were times when I flipped to the answers mid test. I just couldn't wait to check.
Unfortunately, this is an AWFUL way to review. Think about it - you don't really care if you were right. This isn't test day, so your points don't count. Some answers might just have been lucky guesses.
You really care whether your reasoning was right. And it's hard to check your reasoning if you check the answers first. Once you see that the answer is D, you'll invent reasons why D is obviously correct. I see students make up wrong reasons for right answers all the time.
The trick is to review questions before you check your answers. We call this Blind Review, and it's the best way to study. For details on how to do it, check out this video we made explaining how do Blind Review.
Underestimating your enemy is the biggest mistake you can make in a fight and nearly everyone underestimates how difficult the LSAT is.
Let’s avoid that blunder right now. The LSAT is hard. Really f*ng hard. Law school is even harder. If you already knew this, then you’re in better shape than the vast majority of prospective law students. High five! If you didn’t get a high five but want a high five, just reread this paragraph until you get one.
I will often remind you that this test is hard. This is simply to remind you that you need to study to do well. If the idea of taking a hard test that you need study for is very scary for you, you may want to rethink going to law school.
One last time: The LSAT is hard. Understood? Good, you just avoided the biggest mistake that LSAT newbies make.
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The waiting is finally over.
We just received word that the June 2013 LSAT exam scores are being released today!
The release happens in batches.
Share, celebrate, commiserate, on this June LSAT Score discussion thread.
When are LSAT scores actually released?
Almost always before the scheduled release date. Below, I'm listing the scheduled release dates v. actual release dates (for the past couple of years) to give you a sense of when you can expect to get your LSAT score back from the June 2013 LSAT. But, before that, here are some interesting
Average release date: -3.7 days (before scheduled date)
Average release date for June only: -3.2 days (before scheduled date)
Since the LSAC scheduled the score release for July 5, you can expect your June score either on July 2 or July 3.
Scheduled Score Release Dates v. Actual Score Release Dates
|Test date||Scheduled||Actual||Difference||Days after test|
|Jun 10, 2013||Jul 5, 2013||Jul 1, 2013||-4||21|
|Feb 9, 2013||Mar 6, 2013||Mar 6, 2013||0||25|
|Dec 1, 2012||Jan 4, 2013||Jan 2, 2013||-2||32|
|Oct 6, 2012||Oct 31, 2012||Nov 1, 2012||1||26|
|Jun 11, 2012||Jul 6, 2012||Jul 2, 2012||-4||21|
|Feb 11, 2012||Mar 7, 2012||Mar 6, 2012||-1||24|
|Dec 3, 2011||Jan 6, 2012||Jan 4, 2012||-2||32|
|Oct 1, 2011||Oct 26, 2011||Oct 24, 2011||-2||23|
|Jun 6, 2011||Jun 29, 2011||Jun 27, 2011||-2||21|
|Feb 12, 2011||Mar 7, 2011||Mar 4, 2011||-3||20|
|Dec 11, 2010||Jan 10, 2011||Jan 6, 2011||-4||26|
|Oct 9, 2010||Nov 1, 2010||Oct 30, 2010||-2||21|
|Jun 7, 2010||Jun 28, 2010||Jun 25, 2010||-3||18|