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How to Ace the LSAT

Instructor: Fola Rae
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the test that law schools use to determine whether applicants are fit for the study of law. Read on to learn more about the exam format, get study tips and find out about practice resources you can use to ace this test.

Understand the LSAT

Even though the LSAT is a law school entrance exam, it has nothing to do with the law or legal issues. Rather it tests your proficiency with critical thinking, logic, writing, reading comprehension and analytical reasoning. To get in the right frame of mind to tackle the questions on the LSAT, hone these skills first.

Study.com offers the LSAT Online Prep course that provides valuable information about the exam and trains your brain to properly prepare for this exam. The course is broken down so that you can condition yourself in the critical skills needed to ace the LSAT. Each lesson is short enough that you can get through it in about five minutes, then use the associated quiz to see how you're doing. Each chapter in the course has a more in-depth exam that covers all of the lesson topics, and you can use the comprehensive final exam to practice your skill building.

Take More Practice Tests

Experts recommend taking a timed practice LSAT as the very first thing you do before starting to practice regularly. The first test will give you an idea of how well you score in each area and you can create a plan of study based on what you know to be initial weak areas. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) offers both free practice materials and study materials that you can purchase on its website (www.lsac.org).

You should plan to take as many practice tests as is necessary to get the score you need. Depending on your personal commitments, you should plan to set aside either a number of hours each night or a block of time between three and six hours on weekends that you can dedicate to practicing.

Review Both Right and Wrong Answers

Beyond completing practice exams, take the time to review the explanations to the answers, even the questions you get right. Reviewing the reasoning behind choosing the correct answer choices can cement your knowledge of the analysis needed while you are reviewing the questions and answer choices. The LSAC provides sample questions on its website for the analytical reasoning, reading comprehension, and logical reasoning sections, and includes suggestions for approaching the questions and an explanation for each answer.

Participate in Prep Courses

Among others, The Princeton Review and Kaplan Test Prep are two of the most popular companies that offer LSAT prep courses that you can enroll in. These prep courses can include previously released questions, strategies for practice and full-length tests. You can also purchase a package that includes the option to communicate with an LSAT instructor or to have sessions with a personal LSAT tutor so that you can get feedback on specific areas you may need help with. The courses are available in person, as live classes that you can view online, or as self-paced programs that you complete when it's convenient for you.

Do Your Best on Test Day

Make sure that you eat well and get plenty of rest before the test, as you'll be spending many hours completing the LSAT. You can also employ good test-taking strategies like reading each answer carefully and answering easier questions first to make sure that you don't waste precious time on questions you're less sure of. Also remember that all questions on the LSAT are scored equally and you won't be deducted points for incorrect answers. This means that you can guess on answers you don't know, since it won't count against your final score. Check out this lesson on overcoming test anxiety for more strategies for feeling confident on test day.

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