LSAT Study Tips (Part 1): 5 common patterns of top scorers

Over the years, I’ve discovered the five LSAT study tips and strategies that are common amongst top LSAT scorers. Here’s how I figured it out.

For more than six years while working as a prelaw adviser at the University of Washington, whenever I met someone who did well on the LSAT (168+), I’d interview them and find out their best LSAT study tips. In fact, I still do.

These are the kinds of questions I ask:

How did you study?
Prep class or self-study?
Which company did you use?
Which books did you use?
Did you hire a tutor?
How many hours per week did you study?
How many weeks or months did you study?
Were you in school or working during this time?
Did you take timed practice tests? How many?
What was your score range prior to the test?
How did your actual test day go?
By how many points did your score change on the day of the test?
Anything you would have done differently?

I learned a heck of a lot listening to all these test-takers. Over time, I started to see the common patterns for people who did well on the LSAT.

Here they are.

  1. Even if they took a LSAT prep class, they spent at least a month after the class to prep hard on their own. That’s when the learning really took off.
  2. Many used the The PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible.
  3. They learned to discipline themselves to study consistently and thoroughly.
  4. They studied full-time for 3 months or part-time for 6-12 months.
  5. They took at least 20 timed practice tests, but most took 30-40.

It’s not magic.

It’s a lot of hard work.

I hope these tips from high scorers help you to see what’s possible. By following these tips, you too can master the LSAT.

ps. Yep, that’s me in the video. Guess how long I had short hair? 11 years.

Have questions about prepping for the LSAT? I’d love to hear from you! I’m here to help. Post your questions below and I’ll respond.

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2 thoughts on “LSAT Study Tips (Part 1): 5 common patterns of top scorers

    • 3 out of 5 ain’t bad, Travis. 🙂

      Happy to have the plug for Steve’s LSAT Blog. It’s a fantastic resource! I’ll be mentioning more resources like the LSAT Blog in Part 3, when I go over self-study strategies.

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