LSAT Tips

Although the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) does not recommend specific methods of preparation, commonly used methods can include test prep courses, tutoring or self-paced studying using prep software and study guides. Aside from the preparation recommendations, the following tips are recommended:

Read all instructions carefully, on both the test booklet and the individual exams.
Read every single question carefully, as in many cases, the correct answer depends on nuanced interpretations.

Take the test at a measured, manageable pace. Spending too much time on one area can negatively impact overall progress.

Pay attention to all announcements from the test proctor or supervisor; those are used to announce break times, time remaining, etc.

Bring enough no. 2 pencils with good erasers to get through the exam.

Go back through and review if there is time to do so. Checking work and making corrections, if the student can do so within the allotted time, is recommended.

Make all marks neatly on the answer sheet and minimize smudging, as all score sheets are read by computer.

Completely erase any marks that need to be changed. Record all answers on the test sheet; marks and notes made inside the test book are not counted.

Put down the pencil and make no further marks on the sheet once time is called. For the writing portion of the LSAT, the following tips are recommended:

Before starting the essay, students should plan out how to support their decision and the reasons for it as requested in the prompt, using these guidelines:

Carefully consider the prompt. Make sure the issue is understood.

Decide on the answer to be argued.

Jot down some notes on how to proceed.

Develop counter-arguments or flaws in the argument, and address them in the notes.

Decide how the essay will be structured.

Outline the issue at the beginning to demonstrate understanding.

Explain using clear and logical steps.

Explain broader implications, or analyze it within a wider context, if possible.

Present refutations of the counter-arguments from the notes.

Be specific.

Use varied sentence length and structure and precise word choices.

Stay on-topic, and use clear and reasonable transitions between paragraphs.

Conclude strongly, reinforcing or summing up the major argument.

If time is available, review the essay and correct any flaws found.

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