LSAT Test Day Surprises

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Today’s LSAT advice comes from our friends at Blueprint LSAT Prep. Blueprint offers live LSAT prep classes throughout the country and online LSAT classes for those who want to study on their couch.

It’s not an overstatement to say that the LSAT is the single most important test any of you will ever take.

No pressure.

Because of how important the exam is, you know everything that can go wrong on LSAT test day, will. Here’s a list of common snafus you may run into on October 6 and how to avoid them.

1. Traffic/construction

There will be a train delay or traffic the day of your exam. Leave early, have an alternate route lined up, and bring something to keep yourself sane should you have some downtime.

2. Long lines and lost IDs

Check the LSAC-approved list of materials and requirements the night before. Then, have someone else make sure everything in your 1-gallon Ziplock bag is approved and you have the proper ID. Don’t forget your headshots passport photos.

3. At least half of your class will have a cold, and the marching band will have practice

It’s always noisy in the room on LSAT test day. In the weeks leading up to the exam, take a few PTs with others in a library, or head to a Starbucks. It’s not ideal, but if you can handle the distractions there, you can take it anywhere.

4. Your analog watch will stop working (that’s why we went to digital)

This one might hurt you the most, but you should have an inherent sense of time at this point in your prep. Rely on it if the watch goes south (you may have to).

5. Your proctor will be awful

While the vast majority of proctors are fine, a few will wear tap shoes and chew gum during the exam. Just try not to get distracted by the middle-aged proctor reading 50 Shades of Grey. Hopefully, the barista at the Starbucks was similarly distracting.

Matt Shinners is the East Coast Regional Director for Blueprint LSAT Prep. For more information on preparing for the LSAT, visit Blueprint’s free help area.


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