As you know if you are registered for this next LSAT, it’s 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 help make sure you’re ready for test day.
1) Don’t forget to relax the day before test day. Since it’s a Sunday, if you don’t have to work, that’s all the better. But avoid activities that are too mentally taxing, including LSAT preparation! It can be very tempting, but the LSAT is not like a vocabulary test, on which some last minute “cramming” can be effective. 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! And if you haven’t done any preparation, you will have earned it by Monday afternoon!
2) For the morning of the test, I generally suggest getting up a little bit early, getting a bit of exercise if possible (if you’re not the exercising type, even a brisk walk can be very beneficial), and having a normal breakfast. For this one, though, you don’t even have to get up early! A lot of students like to look over some LSAT material early on test day, and I think this can be a great idea, but I would advise that you look at material that you are already comfortable with—either games that you have already done, logical reasoning questions that you have already reviewed, or perhaps a reading comprehension passage that you have already read. The idea is to get you started so that you can “hit the ground running,” NOT to provide new or additional challenges that add any stress to the big day.
3) Do your best to stay positive on test day—this might sound trite, but I see so many students who are focused on what might go wrong, I can’t help but think that these can sometimes turn into self-fulfilling prophecies. If you are stressed out about this great unknown test, recognize that it is not likely to be full of surprises. LSAC has been strikingly consistent with regard to the types of reasoning they test, and while you are sure to see some very challenging questions, you will also see many that seem vaguely familiar if you’ve taken even one practice test. And remember, this test is on paper—that gives you a lot of control. When you see a question that seems tough, a game that seems unfamiliar, don’t be afraid to skip it—easier and more familiar questions and games are most likely ahead…Stay positive, and good luck on Monday!
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