5 Key Steps To Maximizing Your LSAT Score

Let’s cut right to the chase. Here are five (5) common-sense LSAT Prep ideas to consider using (depending upon you and your particular situation) to help maximize your LSAT score:

  1. Give Yourself Enough Time To Prepare. This is easier said than done in today’s busy world for college students and college graduates, but it’s also probably one of the most important. The amount of time it takes to prepare for the LSAT varies widely, but figure on giving yourself 3-6 months of part-time (15-20 hours per week) study if you want to maximize your LSAT score. Possibly more. And that doesn’t include the amount of extra time it may take if you choose to retake the LSAT, which many students do. You can get a lot done with 1-2 months of solid LSAT Prep, but if you want to maximize your score, plan on more time than that…
  2. Get High-Quality Instruction. You can choose how you want to receive your instruction – from books, videos, “live online” or “in person” courses, tutors, or some combination of the above. Decide what is best for you, but don’t skimp on what is likely to be the most important test you have ever taken.
  3. Lose The Arrogance. It’s easy to get cocky and assume you will get a great LSAT score because you “test well,” “get good grades,” are a “quick study,” etc. The truth is that the LSAT is not like other exams, so it requires a more disciplined and focused amount of prep time. I find it interesting that my students who got perfect 180s on the LSAT were the opposite of arrogant – they typically were worried, studied extensively and took nothing for granted. You should aim for the same!
  4. Keep Plugging Away. LSAT Prep can sometimes be demoralizing. You typically don’t see your score improve in a straight upward trajectory. There very well may be times you feel lost, burnt out or just plateauing. Keep at it. Many students find that things “click” at some point in their studies and see a meaningful jump in their practice scores – but it’s hard to predict when that will occur.
  5. Experiment With New Approaches. Don’t be afraid to vary your LSAT Prep methods if you feel it may be helpful, especially if you feel that you are “spinning your wheels.” For example, you may want to give “blind review” a try. You may want to start taking full length sections or exams if you have been doing primarily “drilling” homework. You may want to get a new book, take a new course or hire a tutor if you feel that you would benefit from any or all of those things. Ask yourself what YOU think you need, and then do it…you won’t be “starting over” by testing out a new item or approach that may resonate with you.

If you have any questions, please email me at mark@scoreitup.com. Thanks!