Watch this video for an inspiring story about one of my prelaw students with a 3.0 GPA who self studied and kicked ass on the LSAT.
Are you inspired now?
Please find below the key steps to self-studying for the LSAT. Many of my students have used this basic strategy to do well on the test.
This strategy takes into account that you have 4-5 months to prep. However, you can do it in three months if you spend more time prepping each week.
- First, spend 2-3 months learning the three areas: Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning (aka Logic Games) and Logical Reasoning.
- There are many LSAT study guides out there to choose from. I don’t promote any particular prep company but I have heard from many students that they learned a lot from The PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible and The PowerScore LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible.
- For more tips on self-study guides, check out LawSchooli.com’s helpful article on Choosing Which LSAT Books to Use (and How Many).
- Once you’ve learned and mastered the three areas at your own speed, start timing yourself. Time yourself for 35 minutes per section, just like the real test. Use previously administered LSATs to practice on in order to simulate the actual LSAT test experience as much as possible. Again, only start timing yourself once you’ve really learned the three areas.
- Shop around online and at your local bookstores. Many preppers buy the Next 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests and the 10 New Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests and 10 More, Actual Official LSAT Tests, as well as other bundled and individual tests.
- After your timing is decent, take whole practice tests during your last two months of prep.
- I recommend taking 20-30 practice tests. For example, you could take 2-3 tests a week for 10 weeks. When taking them, treat them like the real test day and take a 10–15 minute break after the third section. Then take the fourth and fifth sections.
- Consider taking your practice tests in a place that simulates the test center, such as a library or cafe. That way there are people around you, there’s background noise, and you can practice focusing on your test despite the distractions.
- Take at least one day off between each practice test so that you have time to refresh and recover.
- Now comes a crucial step. After you score your test, analyze what you got right and what you got wrong. You must analyze each question you got wrong to figure out how to get it right. You must also understand why you got certain answers right so you can continue doing so.
How do you know when you’re ready to take the LSAT?
When you are hitting above the score you want by 2–3 points, four or more consecutive times leading up to test day.
If you are not hitting this range consistently, you are not ready to take the LSAT. In all my years, I know of only a few people who scored better on test day than on their practice tests. Again, if you are not hitting your range consistently during your last four practice tests, it is best to postpone the test.
It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to prep well for the LSAT.
But you’re not alone.
You can do this!
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