The August 2021 LSAT (including the new four-section format) is coming up next week. Here are a few common-sense suggestions for those of you taking the upcoming exam:
1. Don’t cram. Studying for the LSAT is not at all like studying for a college exam. Memorization is not the key – in fact, memorization is virtually irrelevant when it comes to preparing for the LSAT. If you find yourself desperately trying to cram information right now, you may want to consider postponing the exam.
2. Focus on your diet and sleep, especially during the final few days before the exam. Eat well, drink well, and get on a regular sleep schedule if you can. Even if you don’t get a great night’s sleep on the day of the LSAT, try to get a decent amount of sleep in the days leading up to the LSAT. Keep your body and mind in good shape. The LSAT is an endurance test as much as anything.
3. Review the basics. Sometimes one gets too bogged down in subtle and esoteric concepts or extremely challenging LSAT questions and forgets to brush up on the basic principles (causation, argument structure, etc.) that come up over and over in countless LSAT questions.
4. Take timed, full-length LSATs (three sections or a full four-section practice LSAT) and/or timed sections. Ideally, do some practice work around the same time of day as you will be taking the LSAT.
5. Get yourself organized. Review the rules for taking the LSAT on lsac.org – there are a lot of little rules regarding what you can and cannot do. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you need to scramble to get things done the night before the exam or on the morning of the exam.
6. Brush up on the digital LSAT format. Hopefully, you have taken exams in the digital format for practice. If not, be sure to go to lsac.org and work through their tutorials and a couple of practice exams.
7. Prepare for the unexpected. There may be delays or other snafus on exam date. Expect that may happen and do you best not to let it throw you off your game – have a “no excuses” mindset!
8. Relax. Stressing out will do you no good. Remember that the test will not have any major surprises on the exam. It will be exactly like what you have studied on countless occasions – same number of questions per section, same section types, same logic and legal reasoning skills being tested, etc.
9. Good luck!! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and/or to let me know how it goes.