The LSAT is almost here! As you finalize your last-minute preparation for the test, remember that there are things you can do outside of LSAT prep to help ensure your best performance on test day:
The Day Before the LSAT
- Be certain that you have your LSAT admission ticket from LSAC, and that the information on the ticket is accurate. Rememer that the first and last name on your ticket must exactly match the first and last name on your valid photo i.d.
- Don't forget to take the correct form of ID and a color picture to the testing center--without it, you will not be allowed to take the test!
- Since backpacks are not allowed in the testing center, put together a plastic Zip-Lock bag with everything you plan to bring (see the list of approved items).
- Avoid studying! This is not a test for which "cramming" is particularly effective. Instead, try to relax as much as possible. If you feel you must study, we recommend that you only briefly review each of the concepts covered in our materials.
- If you haven't been to the test center, be certain that you know exactly where it is, what time you need to be there, and where you should park. If you have a chance to check out the testing room itself, do so; that way it will be more familiar to you on test day.
- The night before the test, try to get the best sleep possible (at least 8 hours is ideal). Do not drink alcohol.
- Try not to stress! You know the techniques, so get ready to attack the LSAT!
The Morning of the LSAT
- Try to follow your usual routine (if you don't usually drink coffee, for example, this would not be the morning to start). Consistency will help you stay focused on your primary objective -- crushing the test.
- If you have time, do a few Logical Reasoning questions for a quick “warm up” before beginning the exam. Three or four questions should be sufficient.
- Eat breakfast (see our discussion of Brain Food for more information on what to eat).
- Dress in layers, so you can stay warm in a cold room, or shed (some!) layers if the room is hot. Note: No hats or hoods are allowed in the testing center (with the exception of religious apparel).
- Plan to arrive at the test center early—that way you can just relax a bit and not have to concern yourself with getting caught in traffic and having to rush!
- As you are getting ready to leave for the test center, run through the test in your head, visualizing an exceptional performance. Performing well on the LSAT requires you to believe that you can perform well. Imagine how you'll respond to each logic game, reading passage, and logical reasoning question (elite athletes use this technique to optimize their performance in sporting events).
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