LSAT Anxiety and the Power of Positive Thinking

Posted by Jon Denning on

With the LSAT fast approaching, I want to briefly step away from talk of test concepts, and remind everyone of one of the most important, and (sadly) most-overlooked, components of test success: a positive mental outlook. That is, at some point in the next 10 days or so you should feel as though your conceptual preparation is complete, and your focus should begin to shift instead towards preparing yourself mentally for an amazing test day experience. Here are a few keys tips that will help get you mentally ready in the days ahead.

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Topics: LSAT Test Mentality, LSAT Prep

Mind the Clock! The Importance of Preparing for the LSAT with a Timer

Posted by Jon Denning on

The LSAT is a remarkably challenging test, in large part because it measures both intricate conceptual understanding, as well as application of that understanding under rigorous time pressure. Put another way: The LSAT is an exam which tests a particular skill set, but it is also a test of efficiency. 

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Topics: LSAT Prep

One Month Until the LSAT: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Jon Denning on

You're less than 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! 

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Topics: LSAT Prep

Retaking the LSAT? What To Do Differently To Raise Your Score

Posted by Dave Killoran on

Last week I talked about who should retake the LSAT, and this week I'm covering how to properly prepare for your retake. First, I'm going to presume that the last time around you did a fairly decent job of preparing, that is, you worked through a course or some self-study guides, and you took a fair number of practice tests. If you didn't make a reasonable effort the first time around, then your top priority should be to put in 100% this time! The information below will still help you, but you have to be committed to the process; without that, the rest doesn't matter.

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Who Should Retake the LSAT?

Posted by Dave Killoran on

One of the most common questions we receive is about whether one should retake the LSAT. Students want to know if they should retake the test, and if so, how they should study for that retake. Here, we discuss who should retake the LSAT and why (and next time we'll discuss how to go about properly preparing for a retake).

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep

Is It Too Late to Start Studying for the December LSAT? No!

Posted by Jon Denning on

With the final December 2017 LSAT registration set for next Wednesday (10/25), I've been getting a single question over and over from anxious students: "Am I too late to do well on the December LSAT if I haven't started studying?"

The short answer is, "No!"

The longer answer however is a bit more nuanced, and I want to share it with you below (taken verbatim from an actual reply I provided to a student this week):

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September 2017 LSAT Reading Comprehension Recap

Posted by Eric Ockert on

Last week, the results of the September 2017 LSAT were released. The feedback we have received from students has been quite mixed, with only a few consensus observations so far. We previously broke down the Logical Reasoning section of the test last week and the scoring scale yesterday, and will be addressing the Logic Games section in the next couple of days.

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

The September 2017 LSAT Scoring Scale Analyzed

Posted by Jon Denning on

The scores from the September 2017 LSAT have just been released, and the scoring scale is hot off the presses. We’ve already done a breakdown of the Logical Reasoning sections from this test , and will have more section-specific discussions in the days ahead, but in the meantime I wanted to take a moment to analyze the scoring scale and what it tells us about the logical difficulty of this exam. As my colleague Dave Killoran has written elsewhere, each LSAT scoring scale is adjusted to fit the difficulty of that particular test:

"Although the number of questions per test has remained relatively constant over the years, the logical difficulty of each test has varied. This is not surprising since the test is made by humans, and there is no precise way to completely predetermine logical difficulty. To account for these variances in test "toughness," the test makers adjust the Scoring Conversion Chart for each LSAT in order to make similar LSAT scores from different tests mean the same thing."

So, the looseness or tightness of the scale will reflect the logical difficulty of the exam (looser scale with a harder exam, tighter scale with an easier exam), and can have a significant impact on final scores. With that in mind, how did this one turn out?

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October 14th LSAT News: Digital Pilot Test 2.0 and Another September Make-Up

Posted by Jon Denning on

Tomorrow, 10/14, represents an unusual day in LSAT land, with the second iteration of LSAC's Digital LSAT Pilot Test program, as well as the second make-up date for September 16th enrollees, both being held in select locations.

Since I know people will want to discuss these tests—I've already been getting questions from both groups—I figured I'd get the party started and provide a few thoughts.

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Topics: LSAT Prep