Everything from finding the right online university to finding the right job!

Quick Degree Finder

Tips for Your LSAT Test Day

The night before: get good rest, to the extent possible. Most pre-law advisors and law school admissions personnel suggest that you stop practicing the night before the exam to give yourself a break.

The day of: do not drink too much coffee or anything else that might cause you to have to go to the bathroom a lot during the exam. You might, however, want to eat something to get your energy level up. DO NOT BE LATE. If you are late, you will not be permitted to take the exam. When you arrive at the test site, be prepared to fill out paperwork, present two forms of photo i.d. (student i.d. or driver’s license or passport are the most common forms), and get fingerprinted before you begin the examination. This process can take awhile, depending on how many students are taking the test at your test center.

For the test itself:

  1. Bring a reliable watch. Turn off its sound. Make sure your watch is a basic one—i.e., that it keeps time only. If you must bring a cell phone, be aware that it will be confiscated during the examination.
  2. Dress comfortably in layers. Testing centers can be warm or chilly at any time of the year.
  3. Try to relax. If you start to panic, take very deep breaths and exhale slowly.
  4. Remember, you can skip questions that appear too difficult. If you skip a question, be sure to darken the proper numbered oval as you continue the test.
  5. If time is about to expire, fill in all the remaining ovals, as there is no penalty for guessing. Some people prefer to fill in all of the same ovals (all "Bs" or all "Cs") on the theory that they are likely to pick up at least some points. When time is called, stop. Obey all instructions from the exam proctors.
  6. If you need special accommodations, request them well before you plan to take the test. Most accommodations are based on religion and disability, and the LSAC is required by law to make reasonable accommodations for these reasons.
  7. Don't cancel your score at the end of the test. Almost everyone feels lousy after leaving the LSAT. Sleep on it and then decide.
  8. Bring a candy bar or something energizing to eat or drink for a power boost during the break. You can only eat during the break. Trips to the bathroom are allowed only with the proctor’s permission, and you will have to turn in your materials to the proctor while you are gone. Only one person can be gone at a time from the room.
  9. Take the writing sample seriously. Write legibly. Don't be overly creative or try to impress with fancy words or arguments. Be straightforward in your writing and argumentation. Follow the instructions. Make sure your essay has a brief introduction and conclusion.
  10. If something weird happens during the test (like the power goes out), you must ignore it and keep working. Interruptions during testing do happen—if it happens to you, be sure to report it to the proctor and the LSAC. However, the remedies are limited. The LSAC may offer you the chance to take another test for free, but it certainly will NOT adjust your score. You need to do your best on the test no matter what happens. This rule also applies to proctors. While the LSAC tries its best to give the test proctors every last rule to follow, there is still some room for discretion and interpretation—particularly in judging potential misconduct. You need to cooperate with the proctors and follow their instructions. If you think you have been treated unfairly, you can lodge a complaint after the exam.

After the test is over: relax. IT'S OVER. RELAX. Forget about it. The test is important, but it is only one component of your application. You have many other areas to prove your worth to law schools. Remember, the LSAT does not predict whether you will get into law school, or whether you will become a successful lawyer. Keep it in perspective.

A final note: In 10 years of advising, I have NEVER had a student come back to me and say “Hey, I did a lot better than I thought I would.” The typical response I hear when students get their scores is “Geez, I didn’t do as well as I did on my practice tests.” Why is this? The LSAT is a stressful, time-intensive exam. Even if you take a lot of practice tests, it is still impossible to exactly mimic the emotional stress and stake of the real thing. Also, you are now being judged against the other tens of thousands of test takers across the country. Over 100,000 people per year take the LSAT test, and it’s a new group every time. Even though scores are adjusted so that one administration of the test is not harder than the other, you are competing with a different group from those who took the practice tests that you used for your LSAT preparation. My best advice is to EXPECT TO SCORE 2-3 POINTS LOWER than your practice tests. If you do not like this lowered score, keep studying. If you think about the test results in this way, it might help you to be in a better frame of mind when your actual score comes back. And if you end up scoring better than you expect—lucky you!


Test Preparation Schools & Programs (by State) Letter & Writing Career & Training

Link to us | Home | Privacy Policy Copyright 2019 The EDUers.com. All Rights Reserved