One of the major things that future law school students stress out about is the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Of course, most students know about the SATs that are required to get into many colleges, but the LSAT is a much more difficult and important exam required for law school. Many people would consider the LSAT to be the SAT on steroids. Either way, takers of this exam need to know what they’re doing, so here are some tips.
Draw diagrams and write down your thoughts for problems.
Logic and critical thinking are a huge part of the Law School Admission Test. With that being said, it’s nearly impossible to do the entire test in your head. You will undoubtedly need to put your thoughts and work down on paper. Fortunately, the test is done in a paper format and can be written on. Obviously then, you will need to do as much diagramming and writing as you can until you have the answer to the problem you’re working on.
In the last minute, guess on any answers that aren’t filled in.
Unlike the SAT, the LSAT doesn’t penalize test takers for getting an answer wrong. Without a doubt, you will end up not knowing the answer to at least a few questions. You have only one option when it comes to the final minute of the test if you have blank questions: guess. Sure, you might be able to figure out the unknown answers with a few extra minutes, but you don’t get any extra time on the LSAT. You are bound to get at least another question right, so it’s worth a shot.
Do the questions at the beginning and end of each section first.
In most cases, the questions in each section of the LSAT increase in difficulty as the section progresses. On the other hand, a couple of the sections peak in difficulty in the middle, but the beginning and end contain easier questions. Though this isn’t always the case, you should try to focus on the beginning and end of each section to hopefully target the easiest questions first. Of course, that will leave the hardest questions for last – in theory.
Don’t finish early; you aren’t done.
Under no circumstances should you ever finish the LSAT early. If you think you are done, then you are sorely mistaken. With that in mind, you will need to spend any extra time rechecking test questions. That could even involve redoing some problems to guarantee the correct answer. Most people won’t finish the test with more than ten to twenty minutes left at the maximum. Either way, nobody should just be sitting there when they “finish” the test. There are so many answers that can be checked and so many errors caught.
Take a minute to collect your thoughts if necessary.
Unfortunately, people tend to stress out completely during tests like the LSAT. If you feel that you can’t keep going on with the test, then you should take a minute to collect your thoughts and take a break. You can sit back and relax a few times during the test because it will refresh your mind and get it going again in test mode. Sure, it might seem like a waste of time, but it’s better to take the test under less stress by taking breaks than it is to stress out more and more throughout the day.
Don’t stress too much.
In the end, the LSAT might be the most important test potential law school students ever take, but it’s not a huge deal in the bigger picture of things. A person that fails the test can technically take it again to get a higher score, but studies have shown that students who retake the test rarely do much better. Still, that doesn’t mean that you aren’t meant to go to law school or that you failed miserably. You will just have to keep trying harder!
For more information, visit About the LSAT.