You're about four weeks from the next official LSAT administration.
That's right, you're into your final month!
Don't panic! I'm not here to freak you out. On the contrary, I'm here to help.
The next month is all about improving your LSAT score, bolstering your confidence, and instilling a positive mentality. If you are a student currently enrolled in a PowerScore course, congratulations: the course itself (and your instructor(s), of course) will give you all of the structure and guidance you need to make the most of your time! For non-students, however, the path may be a little less clear, and you are my intended audience for this post.
Below you'll find a list of resources, links, and general suggestions, all designed to help you make the most of these last few weeks and finish--or, dare I say it, even start--strong!
To capitalize on the remaining time, you first need a plan of attack! Your best option is to use our Self Study Site and the various Study Plans provided there. Not only is there a four-week plan that will guide you from start to finish, but for those a little further along the other plans on that page can be tailored to your specific needs down the home stretch.
In particular, examine the 6-week, 2-month, and 3-month Plans and how the final four weeks of each are structured. See which Plan is most closely aligned with your current experience up until that four-weeks-left point, and use that Plan to guide you the rest of the way!
For most people, the primary focus of the final four weeks is a shift away from conceptual understanding, and towards consistently taking timed practice tests, as you prepare your body and mind for the rigors of test day. Typically we encourage 2-3 per week on average (four is acceptable if you have the time and energy), but always prioritize quality over quantity: given the choice of thoroughly reviewing a completed test, or taking another test, ALWAYS go with the review.
Before you begin a more intense practice test schedule though, read this information to better understand exactly how you should self-administer an exam .
If you need additional tests or problem sets, our LSAT publications page has every released LSAT available for sale, as well as our extremely popular Type Training series books (under Question Collections). Stock up! The clock is ticking and you want to ensure you have plenty of material in the days ahead.
Our philosophy at PowerScore has always been much more about how we can help, rather than what we can sell, and to that end we provide a wealth of free content and assistance to everyone, not just our students, looking to succeed on the LSAT. So let me direct your attention to a few spots where there's help to be found without paying a penny.
First is our LSAT Discussion Forum. Monitored by PowerScore instructors and staff nearly around the clock, the Forum is a place where students and non-students alike can ask questions, seek advice, post about their own LSAT experiences, and receive expert assistance throughout. Use it!
Secondly, we have a Free LSAT Help Area on our website that covers every aspect of the test--from the fundamentals to the truly unique (Profile Charting games, say)--as well as Admissions. Again, use it! There is so much awesome content provided on those pages; take a moment and read through some of the articles, and listen to some of the virtual lessons. You're sure to learn something useful.
To use an oft-quoted line, "How you expect to perform on the LSAT is likely to become reality." Your final month, and in particular your final week, should see you actively constructing the ideal mindset for success on test day. You simply have to be in the right frame of mind if you want to perform as well as possible.
Dave Killoran recently compiled a hugely helpful list of blog articles, Forum threads, and even a full seminar he and I did on Test Mentality. Bookmark this page and return to it often as test day nears: The Ultimate Test Mentality Resource List. (Bonus: another recent blog of Dave's is also an excellent piece on mindset)
The sooner you start actively working on mental toughness the more likely you are to see the benefits when it counts, so get to it!
You still have plenty of time to see tremendous improvements in your LSAT score, but time is truly of the essence--spend the next four weeks wisely and give yourself the best possible chance to succeed on test day!
Thoughts? Questions? Let us know in the comments below!
Image "Crayon Test I" courtesy of Paul Stein.