LSAT Writing Recap and Final Tips
Here’s a recap of what we’ve covered so far:
- LSAT Writing is a thirty-five-minute, unscored persuasive essay exam. You’ll take it on a computer. It’s available eight days before and up to a year after your LSAT. You can retake it if you retake the LSAT.
- This section matters. A bad essay can easily hurt your chances; a good essay might just help.
- You’ll get two choices—e.g., “pizza or tacos”—two criteria by which to choose, and two paragraphs of facts, one for each choice.
- Commit to a choice quickly and don’t try to get fancy.
- Try to spend about five minutes reading and planning, twenty-five minutes writing, and five minutes revising, though your mileage will vary.
- Stick to a simple structure:
- A one-sentence intro, a one-paragraph argument for your choice, a one-paragraph argument against the other side (in which you’ll probably acknowledge a point in its favor), and a conclusion.
- Practice LSAT Writing at least three times, ideally with LSAC’s Getting Acquainted with LSAT Writing
Finally, I’ll leave you with a few practical tips for test day:
- Turn off notifications on your computer.
- Put a sign on the door of your room if there’s any chance someone will knock; put a sign on your front door if there’s any chance someone will ring.
- Turn off your phone.
- Go over your plan, if you have one, or think about the lessons of your practice tests before you take the real thing.
Learn about our LSAT Prep courses.
Click here to reset
Leave a Reply
You must be logged in to post a comment. You can get a free account here.