5 Reasons To Delay Your LSAT Until August

Many students currently preparing for the LSAT are faced with an important decision: should they take the LSAT now (in April or June) with the Logic Games section, or wait until August (or afterward) to take it without Logic Games? A previous ScoreItUp 3L blog discussed reasons you may want to consider taking it in April or June. Here are 5 reasons to consider waiting until August:

  1. The first and most obvious reason to wait is that it will give you more time to prepare. I typically tell students that you should expect to prepare 3-6 months, sometimes longer, to reach your potential on the LSAT. Don’t forget the “sometimes longer” in the preceding sentence. Although dedicated students can improve their LSAT score significantly in 1-2 months, it typically takes longer than that to achieve your maximum potential.
  2. You still will have time to apply “early decision” and/or get your applications in during the early part of the application cycle if you take the August LSAT. In order to apply early to law school, you should plan on applying in November – and for some law schools by November 1st. The August, September and October 2024 LSATs all can be taken in time to apply early to law school for 2025.
  3. There is no guarantee that the  “LSAT curve” (technically called “equating”) will get easier or harder in August – don’t assume any radical changes to the “curve.” Your focus should be on what is most likely to cause YOU to do well, not on how others will do.
  4. Along the lines of 3., above, you may find it easier to focus all of your attention on only two graded sections (Logical Reasoning and Reading Comp), and to put a particularly heavy emphasis on Logical Reasoning (since it will be 2/3 of the test beginning in August). If you prepare for the April or June LSAT, you have less time AND have to prepare for three sections (Logic Games, Logical Reasoning and Reading Comp).
  5. There is a lot to learn when it comes to Logical Reasoning. For example, my updated and revised ScoreItUp LSAT Prep courses include a detailed discussion of the “100 legs of Logical Reasoning.” It is titled that way because there are so many different little things (i.e., “legs”) to know, understand, and be able to apply in Logical Reasoning. You will need to have mastered Logical Reasoning whether you take the LSAT now (April/June) or later (August or afterward). Having extra time to learn and practice with all the different “legs” of Logical Reasoning may be quite beneficial to you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at mark@scoreitup.com!