Right about this time in their LSAT prep, people who have already done a great deal of study start to look at some of the less frequently tested subjects. The least of the least in this regard for the Logical Reasoning section is the Evaluate the Argument question type. When students finally discover Evaluate the Argument questions, they panic a little, because at first it seems quite different. It’s not a Weaken or a Strengthen question, but what exactly is it?
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When students are preparing for the LSAT, a very common question is “How do I increase my speed?” Test takers often note that if they would do much better if time were not a factor, but that is of course deliberate: The makers of the LSAT designed the test to be both difficult and time-consuming, so for most students speed is a major concern. You can increase your speed by taking control of the test:
1) Keep moving through the questions. The LSAT is a paper-based test, which can be quite beneficial if you use this format to your advantage. Don’t get bogged down by difficult questions! You will likely find the toughest questions scattered throughout each section. Save the toughest ones for last, and attack your favorites first, to help ensure that not time is lost “spinning your wheels” working on the hardest questions in the section when there are likely much easier questions available.
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The next LSAT is just around the corner, and you suddenly score 5 points below expectations. Is this normal? You are (understandably) freaked out. You call your best friend, your shrink, your LSAT tutor. If you're lucky, you only have to make one phone call. Should you postpone until December? Next year?
With approximately two weeks to go before the September LSAT it's imperative that you're taking regular, timed practice tests (hopefully at least 2-3 per week leading up to the exam), and equally imperative that you're spending time reviewing your practice tests to determine how you're performing and what areas still need the most work.
In fact, let me start by referencing a post my colleague Nikki made regarding 10 steps to taking practice tests, and look specifically at steps 6 and 7 concerning review:
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.
- If you haven't started taking practice tests, it's not too late! ...and if you have been practicing, keep it up! The ideal is to get so comfortable with your practice tests that when you take the LSAT it feels like just another day. Of course, not everyone has sufficient flexibility in their schedule, but even taking practice sections can be a great way to develop your endurance, practice your pacing, and continue to increase your overall comfort with the test.
- Keep practicing the fundamentals. Toward the end of their preparation, students sometimes get so focused on the more advanced concepts that they forget to practice the fundamentals. If you're not prephrasing an answer at every opportunity, for example, you're denying yourself and enormous advantage. The best way to ensure a strong performance is to practice until things like prephrasing are automatic. Don't wait for the big day to start doing everything right, because you're very unlikely to start changing your approach on test day (and if you do, you are unlikely to be able to do so effectively).
- If there is any way to do so, for the next few weeks, make the LSAT your top priority. As discussed in previous posts, effort in your LSAT preparation can yield significant returns--so make time for practice!
"Everyone and their mother takes the test in September," a student recently told me. "I think I'm gonna sit that one out." Why, I asked? Is it all the mothers? He looked confused. No, his mother wasn't actually taking the test with him (duh!), but the September administration is so popular that he was afraid the curve would be much tougher. That, and all the test-centers in New York were already booked up, so he'd have to drive up to Connecticut (Canada?), and you don't do that unless you have a pony or have a morbid curiosity about poutine.
Let me preface this post with an explanation of my intent: I think as almost everyone approaches their LSAT administration there are moments when scores occasionally plateau and performance feels stagnant, and motivation can quickly vanish as a result. This is especially apparent in the mid-ranges, as students creep their way through the 140s and 150s, grinding for every point---people starting out and generally scoring lower find that everyday brings new revelations and scores improve quickly, while people in the upper ranges (160s and beyond) are naturally motivated by the consistency of their success, but for test takers toiling to get over the 150-level hump, a genuine passion for continued prep can be hard to find.
With exactly four weeks left until your LSAT, you need a solid study plan. Assuming you aren’t taking a prep course, but are familiar with the PowerScore LSAT Bibles, the plan below should keep you on track for the test. Make sure to allow for 20-25 hrs of LSAT work each week.