How to Get in Optimal Test-Taking Mode for the June LSAT
- Jun 05, 2014
- General LSAT Advice, LSAT
You’ve spent a lot time preparing for the June LSAT (hopefully). Now that we’re down to crunch time, it’s time to start thinking about the little things that can make a big difference. And as it turns out, that list boils mainly down to basic human needs. Sure, you’ve been sleeping and eating for the past few decades without any help from us, but there are a couple special considerations when it comes to the LSAT – here’s what you need to know.
Key #1 to Getting in Optimal June LSAT Test-Taking Mode: Sleep
Of course, it’s important to be well-rested on LSAT test day. June test-takers are lucky in that you don’t need to worry about waking up early for the exam – every other administration of the LSAT starts at 8:30 a.m.! However, while you don’t need to worry about becoming an early bird, you do need to be aware that you might not sleep too well the night before the June LSAT.
The good news is that one bad night of sleep doesn’t make much of a difference as long as you’ve been getting plenty of sleep otherwise. So make sure you’re turning in early for the rest of the week and getting plenty of sleep, and you’ll be fresh as a daisy on Monday.
Key #2 to Getting in Optimal June LSAT Test-Taking Mode: Food
The challenge of the June LSAT is that you’ll be taking your test at right around the time you’d normally be eating lunch. (Unless you’re on some kind of strange off-hours eating cycle, in which case, keep on keepin’ on.) The best solution here is to eat a hearty late breakfast and, of course, bring something filling for your mid-test snack. Hopefully you already have an idea of what snacks work well for you, but if not, we’ve got you covered. (My go-to is trail mix – can’t beat that salty-sweet combination.)
This would also be a good time to note that you don’t want to do anything on June LSAT test day that you don’t normally do. So, for instance, when it comes to caffeine or Adderall – if you normally drink six cups of coffee or chug a Red Bull in the morning, then by all means, continue to do so (though perhaps leave yourself a little extra time pre-test to use the facilities – and on a side note, Blueprint LSAT Prep officially does not endorse wearing diapers during the LSAT). But on the flip side, if those things are not part of your normal routine, don’t take the risk of switching anything up on June LSAT test day.
Key #3 to Getting in Optimal June LSAT Test-Taking Mode: Illness (or, hopefully, lack thereof)
One of my students revealed in class yesterday that he had just come down with strep throat (prompting the rest of my class to ask if they could seal him in one of those germ-proof plastic bubbles for the rest of the class).
Hopefully, since you’ll be resting up, eating well, and so forth, illness won’t come into play for you. However, if by some freakish stroke of bad luck you come down with something over the weekend, you’ll have to play it by ear. If you feel so terrible on Sunday night that you know you won’t be able to concentrate on the test, you can withdraw your registration on LSAC’s website. Otherwise, you’ll probably want to wait and see how you feel on Monday morning. As long as you’re thinking reasonably clearly and are unlikely to, say, vomit on your Scantron, it’s probably worth giving the test a shot.
There are a lot of things that are outside your control when it comes to the LSAT, so make sure you’re putting yourself in the best possible situation when it comes to the things you can control. We’ve covered the most notable things here, but if you have any questions about other aspects of your pre-LSAT prep, feel free to ask away in the comments.
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