Getting the Most out of Your LSAT Practice Test Review

Posted by on July 30, 2015 at 3:45 PM

If you’ve been studying for the LSAT, you probably already know that practice tests can and should be a valuable part of your preparation. It’s always helpful to see how you’re scoring, but the potential benefits of taking practice tests go far beyond merely tracking your performance—and you can begin to derive those benefits from the outset, well before you have mastered every LSAT concept. With each practice test you take, you can increase your familiarity with the language and logic of the test, as well as the pacing required to complete each section in the time allotted. You will also begin to develop your mental endurance, a necessity for a strong performance on the LSAT.

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Welcome to the LSAT Casino

Posted by on July 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

When talking about the LSAT, and particularly when examining test results, sometimes I like to analogize the LSAT to a casino. Yes, there is the chance that you can go into the test and lose your shirt score-wise, but what I'm really referring to is the somewhat random nature of the questions you encounter on the LSAT, and how that can dramatically affect test takers.

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How to Best Review LSAT Practice Questions (If You Are Lazy)

Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 12:17 PM

A few days ago, my colleague Jon Denning wrote an excellent blog about how to best review your LSAT practice questions. His main point was that students often focus  on whether they got the questions right, not on how confident they were in their choice of answers. This is problematic for several reasons:

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How to Best Review LSAT Practice Questions

Posted by on July 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

There are now about two and a half months to go before the biggest LSAT of the year on October 3rd, so anyone hoping to take that exam should be crafting a preparation game plan: whether it's a class, private tutoring, or self-study, the clock is ticking and there's no time to waste! Obviously that will entail a lot of intensive study and practice, from conceptual overviews to focused problem sets to full, timed LSATs, so recognize early on that mastery of this material will require a diverse set of real test content and proven, reliable resources.

We've previously outlined exactly how to take LSAT practice tests, so what I'd like to do in this post is examine in a bit more detail the process of performance review, specifically how to assess your progress in terms of your initial confidence about the answers you've chosen.

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The June LSAT Reading Comprehension Section Reviewed

Posted by on July 16, 2015 at 1:48 PM

The June LSAT was a tough one for a lot of students, and with the recent score release many have been reviewing their results. Last week we reviewed the Logic Games section; the following is an overview of the Reading Comprehension section of the test. 

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Advanced LSAT Guessing Strategy: Referring To Prior Answers

Posted by on July 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM

In a perfect world, you'd never have to guess on any question while taking the LSAT. But, there are occasions where time simply runs out, and when that occurs you have to guess (especially because, unlike the SAT, there is no penalty for guessing on the LSAT). I've talked elsewhere about Basic LSAT Guessing Strategy, which is based on answer choice appearance probabilities. As that article discusses, historically some answers are more likely to appear than others, and you can often gain an advantage by knowing those tendencies when the occasion arises. But, are there other guessing strategies you can employ?

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June 2015 LSAT Logic Games - What Really Happened?

Posted by on July 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM

The June 2015 LSAT scores were released on July 1st, a full week before the official release date of July 7th,2015. In fact, the LSAC even beat our (very optimistic) prediction by 2 full days. Those Scantron machines are getting faster and faster every time.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT

What 25th and 75th LSAT Score Percentiles Mean for Law School Admissions

Posted by on July 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM

With your June LSAT score in hand, it's now time to consider what that number means for you in terms of your admissions odds. Everyone knows that an LSAT score is almost universally prized above all other factors--often counting more towards an acceptance than GPA, letters of rec, personal statement, and resume combined! Often, if you can believe it, several times more than that collective "other"--but exactly what does the number you've attained mean to the school (or schools) to which you intend to apply? Let's investigate.

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Topics: Law School Admissions, lsat score

Using the PowerScore LSAT Bibles: Three Month Self-Study Plan

Posted by on July 2, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Students often ask about combining the LSAT Bibles when they are self-studying. Although our book websites contain general study plans, we thought it might be helpful to put together a more detailed plan for someone starting about 12 weeks out from the LSAT (which is often when people start studying). The plan assumes you have our three LSAT Bibles, our first Training Type Series (which includes LSAT PrepTests 1 through 20), and a plethora of actual LSATs, including the SuperPrep and all of the recent exams.   

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How Practice LSATs Can Help You Decide to Keep or Cancel Your LSAT Score

Posted by on June 29, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Previously, we've written about how to take practice LSATs under timed conditions (here and here), and how to replicate the testing experience as closely as possible. But, there's another set of valuable exercises you can use in conjunction with practice tests, and these are unfortunately practiced far less frequently by students. So, what are they?

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