Have you ever wondered what it takes to study for the LSAT? Check out our latest series, A Day in the Life of a PowerScore LSAT Student, which chronicles the journey of an actual PowerScore student studying for the LSAT. Candace, a student in one of our Full-Length LSAT Courses, will share with you her experiences as she attends class and prepares for her future life as a law school student. Be sure to check it out!
Proctored Exam Number 3! I cannot believe that I am already on my third proctored exam, these lessons are really flying by! I mentally prepare myself to take the LSAT as I will have to do on test day – breathe deeply, clear my mind, bring myself to a state of calm – so that I may take the LSAT with the focus that I need to succeed. I pull out my phone and time myself this time, just to get a sense of how much time I need to complete each section and how much time is left over once I finish each section to double-check my work. One piece of advice that both the PowerScore book and instructor gave me was to have an awareness of time – timing is key on the LSAT – so I set my phone to 35 minutes and press start, then I begin.
The first section is a section on logical reasoning and I complete this section by following what I have learned in the lessons – “Is it a strengthen question? Ok…so I know that I need to find the answer choice that eliminates any weaknesses in the argument, such as one that eliminates the possibility of an alternate cause for a stated effect, or something like that.” By following this procedure, I make it through the first set of questions with 7 minutes to spare to check my work. Then, I move on to the next section which is another section on logical reasoning, and I replicate the same pattern to answer the questions, again finishing with an extra 7-8 minutes. Finally, the third section is a section on logic games. Although during the past practice LSAT’s I have been succeeding on logic games, the games that were presented on this LSAT were very complex and involved multiple layers of variables, and I had a bit of a hard time completing this section. This is not a bad thing though, in fact it is a good thing because this is only a practice test and now I know which games that I must focus on before I take the real LSAT on October 6th.
The final two sections are sections on logical reasoning and reading comprehension, respectively. On the reading comprehension section, I follow the notation method that I learned in PowerScore’s lessons and I find myself flying through the questions much easier than I had before. By notating the passage, I really get a full understanding of what is going on in the passage my first time through and I no longer have to go back and reread the passage frantically to find the answers to the questions posed.
With each practice exam, it gets easier and easier to take the LSAT because I get into a rhythm of how to answer the questions and how to rule out the answer choices that are incorrect. Taking practice exams is key because, although doing practice problems for homework is very helpful and can allow me to really get a handle for the information, taking a timed exam is a very different experience from answering a block of questions. Not only does it bring to the table a form of stress/nervousness due to the time constraint, but as I take the practice exam I go through the motions that I will have to go through on test day, so that I know what to expect on October 6th.
My score for the third proctored exam is about the same value as my score for the second proctored exam. This is not unusual, though, as the PowerScore instructor said that initially our scores will raise a lot with all of the new information that we learn, then they may plateau a bit. So, now I will hone in my studying on what I am missing out on – complex logic games and logical reasoning, as logical reasoning questions comprise over half of the LSAT. I will not stop studying the other areas though, because even though I feel comfortable with them, it is important to continue to do practice problems in each area to keep my knowledge fresh.
On to more lessons and more studying!