Students often ask what they should do between the end of their class and the day of the test. The same questions come from those who have decided to repeat the test. The answer: Having a bit of time before test day can be quite beneficial, if you use the time to your advantage.
First, recognize that the LSAT is not a vocabulary quiz that might test your abilities for memorization in the short term. Rather, it is a test of your abilities in the areas of advanced
reading and complex reasoning. If you have built your LSAT foundation with a course or the like, you can continue to hone your skills and stay sharp by continuing to practice, and, if you have the time, even over-practice. With that said, you also need to avoid burnout by making sure that you allow yourself some breaks–taking it easy now and then can actually improve your performance.
Schedule regular practice tests. Even if you have a strong conceptual grasp, practice tests allow you to develop your endurance–an important factor if you are planning on bringing
your best to five sections on test day. If you know someone else who is also getting ready for the LSAT, meet up for a practice test to keep each other honest and increase the level of seriousness. The more seriously you take your practice tests, the less daunting the big day becomes (if you’re practicing solo, use our virtual proctor to keep you honest).
Make the most of your reviews: don’t just look at the right answer choice and say, “yeah, that makes sense.” Make sure you know why the right answers address the question, and go back to the ones you got wrong–the ones where the test makers caught you–and take them on from the beginning. You will already have the advantage of knowing that your first thought was not right, but going through the process from question to prephrase to consideration of the answer choices will ensure that you maximize the value of your review of any given question. And that holds true even when you’re working with questions that you’ve already seen.
Go back to basics: that means making sure you do everything right, notating passages where necessary, perhaps circling key terms…are you attempting to prephrase the answer wherever
possible? If not, force yourself to physically cover the answer choices as you consider questions.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good: if you don’t happen to have time for full practice tests, take one or two practice sections–you’ll still be getting valuable pacing
experience and conceptual practice…every section you take adds to your LSAT experience and expertise. And to further add to the value of your practice sessions, track your performance, noting what question types give you the most trouble, for example, and any other noteworthy points about each test.