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Countdown… One Week Until the LSAT

  • by Contributing writer
  • Aug 31, 2018
  • General LSAT Advice, LSAT

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You’ve drilled each section of LSAT for months until you’re thinking in Logic Games and dreaming in Reading Comprehension passages. (Eek!) The good news is your dedication and type-A work ethic will pay off on when you finally take the official LSAT. But in these last days, make sure you stay the course—don’t neglect your studies, and don’t burn out cramming either. Follow these last minute LSAT tips to finish strong the week before the LSAT.

However, before we launch into what to do one week before the LSAT, here’s what not to do before the LSAT: For this week, avoid going to any bars, loud concerts, or any raucous parties. Your mind and body should be in optimal condition for test day. Got that? Good. Now, let’s continue.

What To Do One Week Before The LSAT

Stick to the Plan

Recently we covered how important it is to offset timed practice exams with active skill improvement. You actually improve your score when you read through practice exams you’ve taken and focus on correcting mistakes and mastering techniques. With this in mind, we recommend no more than two practice exams this final week. Here, we’ve made it easy for you — stick to this schedule.

5 Days Before the LSAT: Go about your day as usual. If it’s an off day, don’t stay out late, and drill some question types that are giving you trouble if you have time. By now, you should have familiarized yourself with LSAT test day procedures.

4 Days Before the LSAT: Do one timed practice test at the same time that you will take the LSAT on your LSAT test day under real testing conditions. If you’re taking the LSAT-Flex, use this calculator to calculate your LSAT-Flex score.

3 Days Before the LSAT: Review your practice test and drill the skills that need improvement.

2 Days Before the LSAT: Take another practice LSAT (try to make sure it’s the most recently released LSAT) as your last practice test. Review and drill what still needs a little work.

1 Day Before the LSAT: If you’re taking the LSAT-Flex, test your computer and web cam to make sure they are working. Make sure your ProctorU log-in is correct. If you’re taking the normal LSAT at a test center, make sure you know how to get to your testing site.  Pack everything you need for the LSAT well in advance so you can simply grab your bag and go on Saturday. Eliminate stress so there are no surprises on test day. And that’s it. You shouldn’t do anything the day before the LSAT. Take the rest of the day to relax, exercise, and definitely not binge drink or party. Instead, go for a hike, watch a movie, try out that new Mexican restaurant, or garden with your Mom. But seriously, don’t party!

What To Do The Day Of The LSAT

Congratulations on making it this far! Now that your LSAT test day has arrived, it’s time to get down to business. You can try to complete one logic game in the morning or go through some drills. However, if you’re a little nervous, it’s perfectly fine to take it easy. If you’re going to a testing site, give yourself plenty of time to get there. If you’re staying home to take the LSAT-Flex, make sure your space is clear and your roommates/family members know not to disturb you for the next few hours. Remember, you got this!

Whether you’ve been working with Blueprint LSAT online or in a Live Online class, you’ve likely raised your score by several points from your first practice test. You know what your greatest enemy is at this point? Logistical details and anxiety. Stay calm, make sure you’re prepared, and you’ll be fine!

What To Do After The LSAT

First, celebrate. Duh! Then, decide when you want to complete the LSAT Writing section. You technically have a year to complete it, but you will not receive your score if you don’t have an LSAT Writing Sample on file. We suggest completing it within a week after your LSAT date. If this is your first time taking the LSAT, you’ll also get the chance to preview your LSAT score before deciding if you should cancel it. While you wait for your score, you could do some research to see the pros and cons of canceling your LSAT score.

We know your LSAT test day seems like a make-or-break day, but if you focus your energy and take care of yourself during this final week, you will be just fine. If something happens and for whatever reason you fall short of your goal, reach out to us! We’re here to help…or just be a listening ear.

Good luck!

This article was updated on September 29, 2020.

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