So, you’ve got a test coming up on Monday. Ideally, you’ve already been preparing, you’re in the home stretch! And we’re here to help. Here are a few last-minute suggestions to make sure you’re ready for test day.
Don’t forget to take a day off! If you don’t have to work, that’s all the better. You need a day for your brain to take a break and gear up for a long Monday. Avoid activities that are too mentally taxing. Yes, that includes LSAT preparation! It’s very tempting, but the LSAT is not a vocabulary test. You can’t cram for it. The LSAT is a test of reasoning and reading ability and LSAT-eve is not the time to be developing those skills. So. Relax, you’ve earned it!
Think About Getting an Early Start
We recommend that you wake up a little early for the test, so prepare for that ahead of time. Set your alarm early enough to get in a little exercise and have a normal, not-rushed breakfast. Why exercise? Warming up your body, even with a brisk walk, can get your brain ready to work. A lot of students like to lover over some LSAT materials early on test day. This can be a great idea, but I advise looking at the material you’re already comfortable with. Games that you’ve already done, LR questions you’ve already reviewed, etc. The idea is to get the ball moving so you can hit the ground running. The purpose is NOT to provide new or additional challenges because that can add stress to the big day. We talk a little more about the morning of the LSAT in this post.
Do your best to stay positive this weekend and the morning of test day! This may sound trite, but I see so many students who are focused on the negative. Don’t think about all the things that could go wrong, they may become self-fulfilling prophecies. If you stress out about the great unknown, recognize that it’s not likely stock-full of surprises. LSAC is strikingly consistent with regard to the types of reasoning they test. While you are sure to see challenging questions, you’ll also see many that are vaguely familiar. Remember, you have a lot more control than you think you do. When you see a question that seems tough, a game that’s unfamiliar, don’t be afraid to skip it. Easier, more familiar questions and games are most likely ahead. Stay positive! You’ll do fine.