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Posted by on September 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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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General thoughts

Studying for the LSAT is about consistency and diligence. This is not a test you can cram for, so don’t put in one hour a week and then try to study forty hours a week in the last two weeks. Instead, get into a regular schedule where you study a minimum of ten hours a week (and hopefully much more!).

Three months seems like a long time, but once you get rolling with your studies, it won’t seem long at all. But, it is enough time that I will assume you can read all three LSAT Bibles. If you already are extremely strong in one of the areas—say, Reading Comprehension—you can omit portions of the plan devoted to that section.

Week 1: Twelve weeks to the LSAT

Start by taking the June 2007 LSAT (available free from Law Services here) under timed conditions. Do this in order to establish a baseline score. Use our free Virtual Test Proctor to time yourself, and then score and review the test using the Free LSAT Score Analyzer. The Analyzer will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and help you shape your studies.

Spend the rest of the week relaxing. No, just kidding! Instead, watch the free Lesson One from our LSAT Virtual Course in our Free LSAT Help Area, and then read Chapters One through Six of the LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible. This reading selection gets you through Conditional Reasoning, which will figure heavily in both the Logical Reasoning and Logic Games sections of the LSAT.

As you read Chapters Four, Five, and Six in the LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible, complete Chapters Two and Three in LSAT Logical Reasoning: Question Type Training. These two chapters present Must Be True and Main Point questions, which figure prominently in both the Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections.

Week 2: Eleven weeks to the LSAT

  • Read Chapters Two, Three, and Four of the new LSAT Logic Games Bible. Complete Chapters Two and Three of LSAT Game Type Training, which contains the same game types that are covered in the Logic Games Bible chapters.
  • Read Chapters Seven and Eight of the Logical Reasoning Bible. Complete Chapter Four of LSAT Logical Reasoning: Question Type Training.

Week 3: Ten weeks to the LSAT

  • Read Chapters Two and Three of the LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible. Skip the section in Chapter Two that covers argumentation (pages 32-40).
  • Read Chapters Nine and Ten of the Logical Reasoning Bible. Complete Chapters Five, Six, and Seven of LSAT Logical Reasoning: Question Type Training.
  • Read Chapter Five of the LSAT Logic Games Bible. Complete Chapter Four of LSAT Game Type Training.

Week 4: Nine weeks to the LSAT

This is a bit of a lighter week, in order to let some of the ideas settle in.

  • Read Chapters Four, Five, and Six of the LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible. Complete the first half of Chapter Nine in LSAT Reading Comprehension: Passage Type Training.
  • Read Chapter Eleven of the Logical Reasoning Bible. Complete Chapter Nineteen of LSAT Logical Reasoning: Question Type Training. However, if you are falling behind in your studying, skip this item entirely.
  • Read Chapter Six of the LSAT Logic Games Bible. Complete Chapter Five of LSAT Game Type Training.

Week 5: Eight weeks to the LSAT

  • Read Chapters Seven and Eight of the LSAT Logic Games Bible. Complete Chapter Six and Seven of LSAT Game Type Training.
  • Read Chapters Twelve and Thirteen of the Logical Reasoning Bible. Complete Chapters Nine and Ten of LSAT Logical Reasoning: Question Type Training.
  • Read Chapters Seven and Eight of the LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible. Complete the second half of Chapter Nine in LSAT Reading Comprehension: Passage Type Training.
  • Take PrepTest A from the SuperPrep as a timed exercise. Thereafter, review your performance and read the question explanations in the SuperPrep. They are by no means the best possible explanations (they don’t want to give away the farm in terms of strategy explanations), but they give you a sense of the things that the test makers identify as important when they analyze questions.

Week 6: Seven weeks to the LSAT

  • Read Chapters Nine and Ten of the LSAT Logic Games Bible. Complete Chapter Eight of LSAT Game Type Training. Complete Chapter Two of the LSAT Logic Games Bible Workbook.
  • Read Chapter Fourteen and Fifteen of the Logical Reasoning Bible. Complete Chapters Eleven and Eighteen of LSAT Logical Reasoning: Question Type Training.
  • Read Chapters Seven and Eight of the LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible. Complete the second half of Chapter Nine in LSAT Reading Comprehension: Passage Type Training.
  • Take PrepTest 55 as a timed exercise. Use section 1 from PrepTest 47 as an experimental section.

Week 7: Six weeks to the LSAT

At this point you have reviewed a number of the major concepts, so timing starts to take a greater role in your preparation.

  • Read Chapter Sixteen through Twenty of the Logical Reasoning Bible. Complete Chapter Two of the LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible Workbook. Complete Chapters Twelve through Fifteen of LSAT Logical Reasoning: Question Type Training.
  • Read Chapters Nine and Ten of the LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible. Complete Chapter One in LSAT Reading Comprehension: Passage Type Training.
  • Take PrepTest 56 as a timed exercise. Use section 2 from PrepTest 47 as an experimental section.

Week 8: Five weeks to the LSAT

  • Complete Chapters Sixteen and Seventeen of LSAT Logical Reasoning: Question Type Training. Complete the first half of Chapter Three of the LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible Workbook.
  • Complete Chapters Two, Three, and Four in LSAT Reading Comprehension: Passage Type Training.
  • Take PrepTest B from the SuperPrep as a timed exercise. Thereafter, review your performance and read the question explanations in the SuperPrep.
  • Take PrepTest 57 as a timed exercise. Use section 3 from PrepTest 47 as an experimental section.

Week 9: Four weeks to the LSAT

  • Complete Chapters Five and Six in LSAT Reading Comprehension: Passage Type Training.
  • The focus now moves to working through as many tests as possible under timed conditions, in order to accustom you to the rigors of the LSAT.
  • Complete Chapter Eleven of the LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible as a timed exercise. Review the explanations.
  • Take PrepTest 58 as a timed exercise. Use section 1 and 2 from PrepTest 48 as two experimental sections, in order to “overdrive” your testing. After taking six-section tests, the real five-section LSAT won’t seem quite as exhausting.
  • Take PrepTest 59 as a timed exercise. Use section 3 and 4 from PrepTest 48 as two experimental sections.
  • Take PrepTest 60 as a timed exercise. Use section 1 and 2 from PrepTest 49 as two experimental sections.

Week 10: Three weeks to the LSAT

  • Complete Chapters Seven and Eight in LSAT Reading Comprehension: Passage Type Training.
  • Review specific chapters from the Bibles that cover concepts that are still causing issues for you.
  • If Games continue to trouble you, Complete Chapter Three of the LSAT Logic Games Bible Workbook. Do each game as a timed exercise, but know that you will have encountered some of the games previously. This is not a problem—reviewing games multiple times is quite beneficial.
  • Take PrepTest 61 as a timed exercise. Use section 3 and 4 from PrepTest 49 as two experimental sections.
  • Take PrepTest 62 as a timed exercise. Use section 1 and 2 from PrepTest 50 as two experimental sections (Consider using the copy of the test in December 2010 LSAT Deconstructed because that book also contains a complete explanation for the test).
  • Take PrepTest 63 as a timed exercise. Use section 3 and 4 from PrepTest 50 as two experimental sections (Consider using the copy of the test in June 2011 LSAT Deconstructed because that book also contains a complete explanation for the test).

Week 11: Two weeks to the LSAT

  • Take PrepTest C from the SuperPrep as a timed exercise. Thereafter, review your performance and read the question explanations in the SuperPrep.
  • Take PrepTest 64 as a timed exercise. Use sections 1 and 2 from PrepTest 51 as two experimental sections.
  • Take PrepTest 65 as a timed exercise. Use sections 3 and 4 from PrepTest 51 as two experimental sections.
  • Take PrepTest 66 as a timed exercise. Use sections 1 and 2 from PrepTest 52 as two experimental sections (Consider using the copy of the test in June 2012 LSAT Deconstructed because that book also contains a complete explanation for the test).

Week 12: One week to the LSAT

  • If Games continue to trouble you, complete Chapter Four of the LSAT Logic Games Bible Workbook. Do each section as a timed exercise, but know that you will have encountered some of the games previously. This is not a problem—reviewing games multiple times is quite beneficial.
  • Take PrepTest 68 as a timed exercise. Use sections 1 and 2 from PrepTest 53 as two experimental sections (Consider using the copy of the test in December 2012 LSAT Deconstructed because that book also contains a complete explanation for the test).
  • Take PrepTest 69 as a timed exercise. Use sections 3 and 4 from PrepTest 53 as two experimental sections (Consider using the copy of the test in June 2013 LSAT Deconstructed because that book also contains a complete explanation for the test).
  • Take PrepTest 70 as a timed exercise. Use sections 1 and 2 from PrepTest 54 as two experimental sections (Consider using the copy of the test in October 2013 LSAT Deconstructed because that book also contains a complete explanation for the test).
  • The day before the exam, relax!

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