OK, the 180 may or may not have been a click bait. But if you want to maximize your score in the next 10 days, read on! At this point, score maximization is less about how much you learn or train, and more about your mental health. Granted, you can still improve in specific areas that are costing you points, such as Numbers-and-Percentages LR questions, Undefined Grouping Games, or Linear Games containing Conditional Reasoning rules. Your focus, however, should gradually shift away from the one test/day regimen you've been following (or not) for the past month, and more towards psychological well-being, relaxation, and focus. This is as much a cognitive test as it is a psychological one. Here are the four things you should be doing in the next 10 days:Read More
Topics: LSAT Prep
Alright, I'll admit, the title above is a bit overly-absolute, if not intentionally hyperbolic. Obviously there are scenarios where cancelling* your LSAT score is a reasonable, even necessary, decision: a markedly significant departure from your typical test performance, a clear failure to come anywhere near your target score, a belatedly-noticed bubbling error...all of these lend a lot of weight to a cancellation. My point is that June, of all tests, is the one to let anything close to questionable slide. This is easily the best time to roll the dice, and I'll explain exactly why.Read More
If you've been preparing for the LSAT, you're probably familiar with at least some of the flaws featured in questions from the Logical Reasoning sections of the test. Many of these flaws are exemplified in arguments against preparation:
One of the most persistent law school admissions myths is the notion that schools consider every LSAT scores – or the average score – for individual applicants when assessing their admissions profile. This is a particularly tough myth to counter because it often originates from the carefully crafted semantics law schools themselves use in describing how they view multiple tests.Read More
Older (or "non-traditional") applicants to law school may face challenges that are somewhat different from those typically encountered by recent college graduates. Your worldly possessions amount to a bit more than a laptop, a duffel bag, and a Bob Marley poster. You may be able to convice yourself that moving from Marin County to New Haven is a "smart move," but try convincing your spouse (and kids) to do the same.Read More
Topics: Law School Admissions
Two weeks ago I started a discussion about what I believe the future holds for the LSAT, and I did so by first examining the test's history from its creation in early 1948 to the present-day form. What that timeline shows is that the LSAT is far from static; it evolves in response to law schools and test takers and much else, and while the changes of the last few decades may seem more subtle than the large-scale refinements of the tumultuous '80s, it's all but certain that future, and potentially wildly divergent, incarnations await us.
To that point, I concluded Part 1 with the following sentiment: "But if history tells us anything it's that this test is prone to revisions, both large and small, and the likelihood of it remaining in its current state forever is, frankly, nil. Change is inevitable. What that change may entail, however, is a matter of some debate, and in Part 2 I'll explore what I believe to be the most probable outcomes."
So here we are. We know where the test has been, and often why it's been amended as it has. But what does the future hold?Read More
As most law school applicants know, a student’s LSAT score and GPA are generally the most important factors in most law school admissions decisions. Historically, post-college work experience has not been emphasized, and students often go directly from college into law school. Over the past few years, however, many top law schools have increasingly begun to focus on work experience when making admissions decisions.Read More
If you are applying to law school, you will come across an unusual and somewhat confusing term: Splitter. And no, it has nothing to do with baseball pitches, cutting down trees, or a certain San Antonio Spurs basketball player. In admissions parlance, a "splitter" is someone who has LSAT and GPA numbers that are split between high and low marks (and often the medians for a law school play a role in detemrining if one is truly a splitter). While this concept is relatively easy to follow, over time a number of variations have cropped up, so let's look at each:Read More
Topics: Law School Admissions
The June 2015 LSAT registration deadline is tomorrow, May 1. By now, you've probably started a test prep course, bought the Bible Trilogy, and/or invested a considerable amount of money purchasing PrepTests. You may have even started working with a tutor. If you are seeing an uptick in your practice test scores, that's awesome. Chances are, however, that you aren't anywhere near where you hope to be in June. Not before long, you will start debating whether to put it all off until October. It's easy to rationalize such a decision: if you're still in school, you can focus on your finals without the added aggravation of yet another test. Plus, you'll have the whole summer to study: what else are you going to do on the beach?Read More