Tips for a Successful LSAT Testing Experience
Part of the LSAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet
If you're thinking of going to law school, taking the LSAT is a must. To help you prepare and get through the test smoothly and confidently, use these tips:
Before the test:
Register ahead of time — at least two months ahead of the test date because some centers fill up quickly. Check the Law School Admission Council for official regular and late registration deadlines.
Start studying early; don't wait until the night before the test. Taking several timed practice tests is the best way to improve your score.
Make sure you know where to go to take the test. Take a practice drive to the site, if it'll make you feel better, and look for parking.
The night before:
Set your alarm; give yourself enough time to get there. Plan what to eat for breakfast the next morning — you don't want to walk out the door with an empty stomach.
If you have time and want a warm-up, work some LSAT sections that you've already taken.
Assemble the following supplies:
Driver's license or other official photo ID (such as a student ID)
Coins in case there's a vending machine, or snacks such as nuts, energy bars, or other brain food
A list of four law schools you want your scores sent to
Several sharp No. 2 pencils and a pencil sharpener
A watch with seconds (digital or hand) that doesn't beep
The morning of the test:
Get to the testing site early enough to park and find your room without panicking.
Visit the restroom before testing starts.
Take a deep breath and plunge into the LSAT.
Feel confident that you have prepared well for the LSAT and are ready to take the test. Envision yourself making a strong performance on the test and picture yourself a soon-to-be winner!
During the test:
Answer every question — there's no penalty for guessing.
Fill in the bubbles completely.
Keep track of your time.
If you get stuck, guess and move on.
Keep concentrating, even if you're bored out of your mind.
Take an occasional short break (no more than 30 seconds, though).
After the test:
If you want to cancel your score, do it before you leave the test center or within nine days of your test date.
Wait for your score to arrive; use this time to research law schools or do something fun.
Repeat the LSAT if necessary.