When students are preparing for the LSAT, a very common question is “How do I increase my speed?” Test takers often note that if they would do much better if time were not a factor, but that is of course deliberate: The makers of the LSAT designed the test to be both difficult and time-consuming, so for most students speed is a major concern. You can increase your speed by taking control of the test:
1) Keep moving through the questions. The LSAT is a paper-based test, which can be quite beneficial if you use this format to your advantage. Don’t get bogged down by difficult questions! You will likely find the toughest questions scattered throughout each section. Save the toughest ones for last, and attack your favorites first, to help ensure that not time is lost “spinning your wheels” working on the hardest questions in the section when there are likely much easier questions available.
2) Keep moving through the answers. In much the same way that a difficult question can catch you off guard, incorrect answer choices are very cleverly designed by the test makers. You’ve probably already noticed that they are quite skilled at obscuring the right answer choice, while often making incorrect answer choices seem very plausible. If an answer choice is confusing, requires analysis, or is just longer than the others, I designate it a quick “maybe” and move on to considering the other options.
3) Practice! I saved this for last, because for some students, this is the least welcome bit of advice. From my experience, though, first you get good, then you get fast. The LSAT is not an easy test, and pace developent is a great reason to practice. With each practice test you increase your familiarity with the test, as well as your focus and endurance, and most students find that the more they practice, the faster they get.
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