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Tips for the Upcoming LSAT

If you’re thinking about attending law school, then you probably know that the next round of Law School Admission Test (LSAT) testing is coming up and you need to make sure that you’re studying, hiring law tutors and doing everything else you can to make sure you do well.

The upcoming LSAT dates are: 

  • Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012 (for those observing Sabbath)
  • Saturday, December 1, 2012
  • Monday, December 3, 2012  (for those observing Sabbath)
  • Saturday, February 9, 2013
  • Monday, February 11, 2013  (for those observing Sabbath)

What does the LSAT entail? Basically, it is comprised of five thirty-five minute sections that include multiple-choice questions. These questions will showcase your reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning. Only four of those five sections will actually be scored. The test also includes a 35-minute writing section that is not scored but is included in your law school applications.

If you’re looking for an edge or a leg-up for the LSAT – and you should be – here are some tips that can improve your score and help you on Judgment Day (test day… just trying to be overdramatic, obviously).

Hire Good Law Tutors
It makes sense to work with someone who is not only an expert in law, but also understands and has experienced LSAT test taking. Make sure you research your law tutor and don’t just go by what they say about themselves. Where did they graduate school? Where did they work? How did they score on the LSATs? 

Choose Your Testing Site Wisely
We’ve all heard horror stories about test-taking locations for the LSAT or otherwise. One of my friends took the LSAT right next to a construction site, which, according to him, “was more distracting than a migraine.” Make sure you check out all of the potential sites for taking the test because you don’t want to end up taking it in a building next to a factory or near a busy, noisy street. Again, ask for recommendations from those who know, and even physically go and check out the sites yourself.

Take Your Supplements
You’re going to get all of the normal and expected LSAT study guides and material. Look to supplemental study material on specific topics, legal aspects and LSAT-related items in order to pinpoint your knowledge. LSAT test makers know about all of the top LSAT study guides, too; don’t you think that they’re going to want to throw questions at you that those guides don’t prepare you for? Because they do… And they will.

Leave Nothing Unanswered
From the good ol’ SAT days you might remember that it often was better to leave a question blank rather than to answer it incorrectly. Unlike that, there is no penalty for incorrect answers on the LSAT and every question has the same weight. Put on your critical thinking cap, think possible answers all the way through and have confidence in yourself.

Don’t be the person who doesn’t go with their gut when they narrow the question down to two answers. You’re going to need to have faith in your abilities not just for the LSAT, but for law school and your future career as a lawyer, too.

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