Gearing Up for the June LSAT
The June 2010 LSAT is just about 10 days away. If you’re registered for it, you need to be thinking about whether you’re ready for the test, and (if so) how to use the next ten days wisely.
Re: Question #1 (excerpt from my law school admission guide, “The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert”)
How do you know if you’re really ready for the LSAT? If you don’t feel ready to take the LSAT, your instinct is probably right. You have a few options. You could take the test and if your score is halfway decent, you can apply. This is a poor strategy that usually goes worse than you expected and becomes something you have to later explain on your applications. Plus, it’s a huge ego-deflater to see a low score. Make sure to take many timed practice tests with five sections. It’s an endurance test and a speed test, so you must practice under these conditions. Practice in distracting conditions, not in ideal ones. It is better to take a test in a noisy coffee shop than in the silence and ideal environment of a library carrel of the 7th floor of your campus library.
See also this post: “Not Hitting Your Goal LSAT Score?”
Re: Question #2
If you’ve studied consistently for 2-4 months and taken full length, timed practice tests, improved and then plateaued, then it’s time to take the LSAT. The Most popular Blog Talk Radio Show I’ve done was last year, entitled “Last Minute Tips for LSAT Takers” – it featured four elite LSAT tutors who provided concrete tips for how to spend the week before the exam. It’s the best 45 minutes you’ll spend before taking the June LSAT. You can listen to it online or download it for FREE from iTunes (search for Ann Levine Blog Talk Radio Feed).
There is a lot of bad advice about the LSAT on the Internet -(I just found one site by a supposed LSAT Prep company I’ve never heard of that says multiple LSAT scores are averaged. THIS IS FALSE.). Don’t get mired down right now in random advice from anonymous people, and please stay away from the paranoia filled discussion boards right now. Concentrate on getting yourself in a good mindset for test-day.