“He wanted to get the feel of a ‘real’ LSAT,” she said. Cringe. “He didn’t really think he needed to prepare.” Cringe.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not a big fan of taking an official, LSAC-administered LSAT “cold”–i.e., without any preparation whatsoever.
Now, in the case of this particular student, there wasn’t much we could do to blot out that one botched LSAT attempt. He basically just needed to prep, take it again, and hope for a significantly higher score. After speaking to the mother further, she decided on one of our full-length LSAT courses, enrolled her son, and promised to be in touch if they needed any further guidance with LSAT prep or law school admissions.
Although there was nothing I could do for that student, if you’re considering taking the LSAT cold there is still time for me to pull you off the edge of the precipice and plead that you don’t do it. Please. Don’t. Taking the LSAT cold is akin to walking into the final of your French class without ever having opened one book, attended one class, or tried to conjure a single French verb. Unless you’re a complete and undiscovered verbal phenom (and the vast majority of us are not), you’re going to bomb.
Here are some of the reasons (and my rebuttals) for why students decide to take the LSAT cold:
“I want to get a real testing experience.”
“I got straight As in college, I don’t need to prep.”
“How hard can it be? It’s just reading carefully and knowing how to diagram.”
“I don’t have time to prepare.”
“I’ve heard of people that have taken the LSAT cold and gotten a [insert your idea of an awesome LSAT score here].”
Study. Prep. Learn. Kick the LSAT in the face.