How do you know if you’re ready to take the LSAT?
- May 12, 2011
In the next few weeks, students studying for the June LSAT will have to face the music and consider whether they are fully prepared to take the test (or whether they should wait for October). This can be a hard decision, but there are a couple of signs to lead the way.
1) Have you spent at least a month of focused LSAT study? Some students have successfully reached their top scores with under 4 weeks of study, but they are few and far between. Additionally, if you started with plenty of time but let your study taper off as Dancing With The Stars heated up, you might want to refocus. Another metric to consider is that if you haven’t done at least 10 timed LSAT practice tests, you’re probably not where you should be.
2) Have your LSAT scores leveled off? The goal is always to get the very best score possible; if you’re still seeing significant increases as you put in more work, it might be beneficial to hold off until you’ve started to plateau.
3) Are there areas where you fundamentally don’t understand what’s going on? Nearly everyone misses a few problems, but if there re particular issues that you can identify holding you back, you want to address those before sitting for the test. While you might have been able to stumble through algebra without knowing how to factor, if you don’t understand formal logic you really just aren’t ready to take the LSAT.
4) Is one section significantly weaker than the rest? While some variance is normal, if you routinely get 25/26 in LR but only 12/23 in LG, you probably have the aptitude to do a lot better on the games.
If you just didn’t devote enough time to the LSAT, re-committing might be all that’s required. If you’re still missing some basic concepts, it might be time to consider a different set of books or an LSAT tutor.
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