LSAT Prep Guidance for December & February

There are different strategies for LSAT Prep. If December is the first time you will be taking the LSAT, here are a few common sense pieces of advice to help you prepare.

A quick reminder on the LSAT’s format:

The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. These sections include one Reading Comprehension section, one Analytical Reasoning section, and two Logical Reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. Identification of the unscored section is not available until you receive your score report.

A 35-minute, unscored writing sample is administered at the end of the test. Copies of your writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply.

Common Sense Advice for LSAT Prep:

1. Take a FULL LENGTH PRACTICE LSAT. Ideally, take multiple full length practice LSATs.

  • The LSAT will take often 4 to 5 hours depending on breaks. Whether it is through a prep class or studying on your own, take practice tests in a timed and distraction-free setting. One of the most difficult parts of the LSAT is endurance and sitting through the entire test. Full length practice tests will help prepare you.
  • The LSAC offers a free sample test (June 2007 exam). Click here to access the free practice test.
  • When you do a practice exam, do the writing portion! It’s easy to ignore this portion of the exam during your preparation, but it is a part of the test you have to do on test day. Click here to see the LSAC’s example writing topics.

2. It is highly discouraged to take the LSAT “cold” or without any studying.

  • All of your LSAT scores are sent to law schools. Law schools care if you prepared for the exam and that you put in your best effort for the exam. The LSAT is not an exam that you can walk into with minimal to no preparation.

3. Remember, the suggested amount of time to prepare for the LSAT is 4 to 6 months of regular studying.

  • The LSAT measures critical thinking skills, and while these skills CAN be learned, they usually take a lot longer to learn than fact-based knowledge. Four to six months of consistent studying for 10-15 hours a week is highly recommended in order to be fully prepared for this exam.

4. If you are not prepared for the exam, seriously consider whether or not you should take it or delay the test.

Here is the LSAC’s information about changing test centers, test dates and refunds for the December 2017 exam. Although the test center, test date change, and registration refund deadlines have already passed for the December 2017 exam, you can still withdraw from the exam until the day before. It may be better to withdraw than to go through with the test and achieve a low score.

Registration Refund (partial only) November 7, 2017
Registration Withdrawal (no refund) Regular administration: December 1, 2017
Spanish LSAT administration: November 17, 2017
Saturday Sabbath Observers administration: December 3, 2017

The next LSAT is Saturday February 10, 2018.

Regular Registration December 27, 2017
Regular Registration Accommodation Request December 27, 2017
Nonpublished Test Center Registration(additional fees apply) December 13, 2017
Late Registration—Published Test Centers only (additional fees apply) January 3, 2018
Late Registration Accommodation Request—Published Test Centers only (additional fees apply) January 3, 2018

Not taking the LSAT until next year?

Plan on attending the LSAT Prep Fair on February 6, 2018 to learn more about your test prep company options!

Taking the February 2018 LSAT? The test is only a few months away.

Pre-Law Advising Services is helping to organizing LSAT study groups for the February 2018 LSAT. We will organize groups based on the availability you specify in the google form. Sign-ups for the LSAT study groups will close by Thursday November 9th at 12PM. Study groups will be assigned next week. Please click the link here to sign up:

In our next blog post we will share LSAT Prep Resources, so stay tuned.