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2 Week (16 Day) LSAT Crash Course

Hey Magooshers! Here’s an LSAT Crash Course for those of you looking for some last-minute, but still thorough, LSAT preparation.

Use this study plan if you have approximately two weeks to prepare for the LSAT and you are able to devote all or most of your day to LSAT prep during that time. The plan assumes that you will have approximately 8 hours per day to study, and it does not provide for days off. There are a couple days where the workload is more like 4 hours instead of 8, but that’s it.

***Disclaimer: for those of you getting started on this study plan immediately, some of the Reading Comp and Logical Reasoning lessons referenced are not yet available in the product. We are working on getting them uploaded and they should become available within the next week or two. Thanks for your patience!

Materials you will need to purchase:

Free materials:

Day 1: Diagnostic Test and Review

Take PrepTest 69 from 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume V. Time yourself precisely, complete all sections (including the Writing Sample), and try to find a location that is similar to an actual testing environment. The best bets are usually libraries or campus study rooms that you can reserve for a full 4 hours. Read How to Take an LSAT Practice Test for detailed guidance on how to make the most of this diagnostic.

Note: Your practice tests will be 35 minutes shorter than the real exam because they will not contain an Experimental section. If you prefer to mimic actual test day conditions precisely, use one section from an older PrepTest (numbered lower than 52) during each practice test as an “Experimental” section. Do not include it in your practice test score.

After the test, check your answers and calculate your score, but don’t start looking through your incorrect answers just yet.

Day 2: Intro to Logic Games and Logical Reasoning

Logic Games:
Watch all lessons in the “Section Scoring, Pacing, and Structure” section of the Logic Games component of Magoosh’s LSAT program. These include:

  • Intro
  • Scoring and Goal Setting
  • Pacing Strategy
  • Game Structure
  • Game Types
  • Global Question Types
  • Local Question Types

Take a break before heading into the next task.

Watch all of the “Formal Logic Basics” lessons and the first three lessons in the “Attacking the Games” section of the Logic Games component. These lessons are titled:

  • If/Then Statements and Contrapositives
  • Alternate Forms of If/Then
  • Compound Statements
  • General Game Strategy
  • Sequencing Setup*
  • Sequencing Questions*

*The last two lessons will involve solving your first Sequencing game. Make sure to take the time to work this game out thoroughly.

Complete the following games from the official LSAT PrepTests, untimed:

  • PrepTest 52, Section 2, Game 1
  • PrepTest 52, Section 2, Game 4
  • PrepTest 53, Section 2, Game 2
  • PrepTest 53, Section 2, Game 3
  • PrepTest 54, Section 3, Game 3
  • PrepTest 54, Section 3, Game 4
  • PrepTest 55, Section 4, Game 2
  • PrepTest 55, Section 4, Game 3

Score the games and look over any incorrect answers, then take a break before moving on to Logical Reasoning.

Logical Reasoning:
Watch all lessons in the “Section Pacing, Structure, and Strategy” section of the Logical Reasoning component of the Magoosh program. These include:

  • Intro to Logical Reasoning
  • Pacing Strategy
  • Question Structure
  • Question Types
  • Attacking the Questions
  • Common Trap Answer Choices
  • Building an Error Log
  • Prioritizing Your Logical Reasoning Prep

Take a break before continuing to the next task.

Watch the “Assumption Questions,” “Strengthen Questions,” and “Weaken Questions” lessons in the Logical Reasoning component. Each of these videos will contain sample questions. Make sure to pause the videos and complete the questions thoroughly as the videos instruct.

Use the following blog posts to locate and complete 15 Assumption questions, 15 Strengthen questions, and 15 Weaken questions from official LSAT PrepTests 52-56. Do these untimed.

Score the questions, look over any incorrect answers, set up your Logical Reasoning Error Log, and enter into it each question you answered incorrectly.

Day 3: Intro to Reading Comprehension and more Logical Reasoning

Reading Comprehension:
Watch the following videos from the Reading Comprehension component of the Magoosh LSAT program:

  • Intro to Reading Comprehension
  • Pacing and Setting Scoring Goals
  • Mapping the Passage

Read and map at least 10 articles of at least 1,000 words (from high quality print or online sources like the Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, the Economist, Wired, National Geographic, or this Fullspate list of articles for relatively advanced readers). For each article:

  1. circle any transitional language,
  2. pick five such pieces of transitional language and predict and record what each foreshadows,
  3. write down the article’s topic and scope,
  4. write down the author’s purpose and main idea, and
  5. when you’re done with each article, go back and find 5 details that may have added to the article’s main idea in some way, but that you had forgotten by the time you finished reading. Write these down as well.

Take a break before continuing to the next task.

Watch the following videos from the Reading Comprehension component of the program:

  • Common Trap Answer Choices
  • Determining Question Difficulty
  • Improving Your Process of Elimination
  • Building a Reading Comprehension Error Log

Complete the Reading Comprehension sections of official PrepTests 52 and 53, untimed. Focus on mapping the passage, watching for common traps to eliminate answer choices, and using the comparison method to choose between the final two answer choices.

Score these sections, build your Reading Comprehension Error Log, and enter each question you missed into the error log. Then take another break before moving on to Logical Reasoning.

Logical Reasoning:
Watch the following lessons from the Logical Reasoning component of Magoosh’s LSAT program:

  • Flaw Questions
  • Inference Questions
  • Principle Questions
  • Paradox Questions

Use the following blog posts to locate and complete 15 Flaw questions, 15 Inference questions, 15 Principle questions, and 15 Paradox questions from official LSAT PrepTests 52-56. Do these untimed.

Score the questions, look over any incorrect answers, and enter each of them into your Logical Reasoning Error Log. Then take a break before the final task for the day.

Use the remainder of the day to review your diagnostic test from Day 1 and enter questions you missed from the Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning sections into your respective error logs.

Day 4: Logic Games and Logical Reasoning

Logic Games:
Watch the following videos from the Logic Games component of the Magoosh LSAT program:

  • Fixed Grouping Setup
  • Fixed Grouping Questions
  • Floating Grouping Setup
  • Floating Grouping Questions

Complete the following games from the official LSAT PrepTests:

  • PrepTest 52, Section 2, Game 2 (fixed)
  • PrepTest 53, Section 2, Game 1 (floating)
  • PrepTest 53, Section 2, Game 4 (fixed)
  • PrepTest 54, Section 3, Game 1 (floating)
  • PrepTest 54, Section 3, Game 2 (floating)
  • PrepTest 55, Section 4, Game 1 (fixed)
  • PrepTest 56, Section 1, Game 2 (fixed)
  • PrepTest 56, Section 1, Game 3 (fixed)
  • PrepTest 57, Section 1, Game 4 (floating)
  • PrepTest 58, Section 3, Game 2 (floating)

Score the games, look over any incorrect answers, and then take a break before the next task.

Watch the following videos from the Logic Games component of the Magoosh LSAT program:

  • Matching Setup
  • Matching Questions

Complete the following games from the official LSAT PrepTests:

  • PrepTest 57, Section 1, Game 3
  • PrepTest 60, Section 2, Game 4
  • PrepTest 61, Section 3, Game 3

Score the games, look over any incorrect answers, and then move on to Logical Reasoning.

Logical Reasoning:
Watch the following videos from the Logical Reasoning component of the Magoosh LSAT program:

  • The Assumption Sphere
  • The Structure Sphere
  • The Inference Sphere

Complete the remaining Logical Reasoning questions from PrepTests 52-54, untimed. For each question:

  1. first attempt to identify whether it falls in the Assumption, Structure, or Inference sphere,
  2. then identify whether it is one of the specific question types you have studied thus far (Assumption, Strengthen, Weaken, Flaw, Inference, Principle, or Paradox) and apply the appropriate method if so. Focus on applying a consistent approach rather than merely on answering the question correctly;
  3. lastly, label each question with a 1-3 depending on how confident you are about your answer. 1 means you’re absolutely confident that you have the correct answer. 2 means you’re somewhat uncertain. 3 means you just guessed.

For the last assignment of the day, score these sections and enter any incorrect answers into your Logical Reasoning error log. Optional: add a column to your Error Log where you will record how confident you were on each question (1-3 scale). If you find that you’re typically missing questions you labeled as 2 or 3, this means your instincts are pretty accurate. If you find that you’re frequently missing questions you labeled as 1, then you might be making avoidable mistakes and should review any applicable lessons and make sure you’re applying a consistent approach..

Day 5: Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning

Reading Comprehension:
Watch the following videos from the Reading Comprehension component of the Magoosh LSAT program:

  • Main Idea
  • Purpose
  • Tone
  • Detail and Close Reading
  • Comparative Reading

Complete the Reading Comprehension sections from PrepTests 54 and 55, untimed. For each passage, map the transitional language and write down the author’s main idea and purpose before moving to the questions. For each Comparative Reading passage, make sure to note the common scope of each article, and where the authors’ perspectives differ within that scope. In the questions, think about whether you’re being asked for detail, theme, or structure, and try to pick an answer choice that addresses the correct level of analysis. Use process of elimination aggressively, and label questions on the 1-3 scale depending on how confident you were in your answer.

Score the sections, enter incorrect answers into your Reading Comprehension error log (and add a column for confidence level), and then take a break!

Logical Reasoning:
Watch the following videos from the Logical Reasoning component of the Magoosh LSAT program:

  • Main Idea Questions
  • Role of Statement Questions
  • Method of Argument Questions
  • Parallel Reasoning Questions
  • Parallel Flaw Questions
  • Point of Contention Questions
  • Point of Agreement Questions
  • Evaluating the Conclusion Questions
  • EXCEPT Questions

This is a lot of new content for one day, so you can feel free to break these videos up with some practice from the PrepTests, or you can watch them all at once and then do all the practice afterward.

Complete the remaining Logical Reasoning questions from PrepTests 55 and 56, untimed. For each question:

  1. Label its question type
  2. Label its sphere
  3. Apply a consistent approach, reading the prompt first and then moving to the stimulus, and predicting an answer before looking at the answer choices where applicable.

Finally, end the day by entering incorrect answers from these sections into your LR error log.

Day 6: Logic Games and Logical Reasoning

Logic Games:
Watch the following videos from the Logic Games component of the Magoosh LSAT program:

  • Hybrid – Sequencing/Matching Setup
  • Hybrid – Sequencing/Matching Questions
  • Hybrid – Grouping/Sequencing Setup
  • Hybrid – Grouping/Sequencing Questions

Complete the following games from the official PrepTests, untimed:

  • PrepTest 52, Section 2, Game 3 (Gr/Seq)
  • PrepTest 55, Section 4, Game 4 (Seq/Ma)
  • PrepTest 56, Section 1, Game 4 (Gr/Seq)
  • PrepTest 57, Section 1, Game 2 (Gr/Seq)
  • PrepTest 58, Section 3, Game 3 (Gr/Seq)
  • PrepTest 62, Section 3, Game 4 (Seq/Ma)
  • PrepTest 63, Section 2, Game 2 (Seq/Ma)
  • PrepTest 63, Section 2, Game 3 (Seq/Ma)

Score and review any questions you answered incorrectly. For any games where you missed more than 2 questions, take a few minutes to try and redraw your diagrams and rules, making sure that you set the diagram up as simply and accurately as possible, and that you didn’t miss an opportunity for Limited Options or to incorporate rules directly into your diagrams.

Take a break!

Logical Reasoning:
Now that you’ve watched all the LR videos and been introduced to the various question types, it’s time to start drilling them. At first, this will go very slowly, which is why you should spend the rest of today doing untimed Logical Reasoning practice. Tomorrow, you’ll start doing timed practice for all three exam sections.

Complete the remaining Logical Reasoning questions in PrepTests 57-59. For each question:

  1. Label the question type and sphere
  2. Follow the step by step approach for that question type as outlined in the applicable video lesson
  3. Label each question on a scale from 1-3 based on how confident you were in your answer (1 being confident and 3 being a guess).

Finally, enter all incorrect answers into your LR error log. Soon, you’ll start to analyze your error log to determine where you need more practice.

Day 7: The Writing Sample, Review, and Timed Practice

Tomorrow, you’ll take your second full-length practice test. Devote today to reviewing the concepts you’ve already learned, and attempting to tie it all together in some timed practice. You will do this using PrepTest 62 (from which you’ve probably already completed one Logic Game; that’s okay, just pick an unused game from somewhere in PrepTests 52-61 to replace it). All the work you do from PrepTests today should be timed.

First, watch the video titled, “The Writing Sample” in the Magoosh LSAT program. After watching the video, complete the Writing Sample from PrepTest 62, timed. When you do the Writing Sample, make sure you’re spending the recommended amount of time outlining your response. You should spend close to 5 minutes planning before you actually begin writing. When time is up, reread your response and underline precisely where you have addressed each of the criteria presented in the prompt and upon which your decision is supposed to have been based.

Next, review the scoring and goal setting videos for each section, and then set a goal for your next practice test based on the results of the diagnostic test you took on Day 1. Your goal should include:

  1. The number of questions you aim to answer correctly in each section.
  2. The number of questions you can afford to guess on in each section.
  3. An estimate of how long you have, on average, to answer each question in a given section based on your goal. For example, if you’re aiming for 16 points per Logical Reasoning section, and you are allowing yourself 5 guesses, then you have 35 minutes to carefully answer 20 questions. That averages out to 1 min and 45 seconds per question in Logical Reasoning (but remember, you still have to mark an answer for those 5 remaining “guess” questions).

Complete the first Logical Reasoning section from PrepTest 62, focusing on answering the number of questions you need to hit your goal, and on identifying the most difficult questions in the section and guessing on those as your goal permits. After the section, score it and enter incorrect answers into your LR error log.

Flip through the Logic Games you have completed thus far this week. Identify whether there is a game type that consistently gives you more trouble than the others. If so, check out Magoosh’s Analytical Reasoning Library for blog posts that will tell you where to find examples of that game type (but not from PrepTests 69-71) and practice it. Then, complete the Logic Games section of PrepTest 62. Attempt the games in the order you feel most confident, leaving for last the game type that you struggle with most. And remember to focus on completing the appropriate number of questions for your goal instead of rushing to complete every question and making careless mistakes. Do not score the section yet.

Next, analyze your Reading Comprehension error log to determine whether there is a particular type of passage or type of question that most challenges you. If so, plan to leave that passage type for the end, or plan to guess on a couple questions of that type as your scoring goal allows. Then, complete the Reading Comprehension section of PrepTest 62, again aiming to complete only the number of questions you planned for in advance. Do not score the section yet.

Now, analyze your Logical Reasoning error log to determine which questions you struggle with most. Be on the lookout for those questions as you complete the second Logical Reasoning section from PrepTest 62. Only answer as many questions as you need for your goal, and try to assign your “guesses” to question types that are the hardest for you.

Finally, score each section of PrepTest 62 that you haven’t scored yet. Enter incorrect answers into your error logs where applicable, and then determine whether you are near your goal for tomorrow’s practice test. Where did you make avoidable errors with content or pacing? Where did you discover content that was extremely difficulty? Are you happy with the questions you guessed on or would you change them given the chance? Do you need to set more realistic (or more aggressive) goals for tomorrow, or are you happy with the current ones?

Now go relax for awhile. It’s been a long week and you deserve an early day before your practice test tomorrow!

Day 8: Practice Test #2

Review How to Take an LSAT Practice Test for detailed guidance if necessary, and then take official PrepTest 70, timed and in a realistic testing environment.

After the test, score it, review your incorrect answers, and enter them into your Reading Comp and Logical Reasoning error logs. You can also start building a Logic Games error log if you’d like. For a Logic Games error log, you only need to record:

  • Test number
  • Section number
  • Game number
  • Question number
  • Game type
  • Question type (global vs. local)

A Logic Games error log will help you identify which game types you struggle with most and how effectively you are building and reusing your diagrams. Those who miss mostly global questions may not be drawing detailed enough master diagrams. On the other hand, those who miss mostly local questions may be inaccurately redrawing diagrams between questions, or applying local diagrams to other local questions where they are technically inapplicable.

Plan of attack for Week 2

Your second week of LSAT prep will balance timed and untimed practice. Each day, you will start out with some exercises to review and reinforce concepts you’ve already learned, and to target areas where you can still improve. You will then end each day with timed practice in all three sections of the exam.

Day #9:

  1. Map the transitional language, purpose, and main idea of at least 2 news articles/Op Eds that are at least 1,000 words in length. Time how long it takes you to map each article and record that time. You should be able to map at least 100 words per minute.
  2. Master the “If/then Statements” deck of LSAT Flashcards and complete 10 games from the “Mini Logic Games” deck.
  3. Analyze your Logical Reasoning error log and determine which sphere is your weakest. Then, use the “Practice” tab in Magoosh’s LSAT program to complete 25 Logical Reasoning questions from within that sphere.
  4. Complete one Logical Reasoning, one Logic Games, and one Reading Comprehension section untimed from PrepTests 52-61, answering every question. It’s okay if some of the questions from each section have already been answered, as you won’t be scoring these and you’re just looking for variety.
  5. Review these three sections, identifying which question type from each section gave you the most difficulty. Rewatch the applicable lesson for those question types if necessary, or use Magoosh’s online LSAT practice to target a small handful of practice problems of those question types. Alternatively, purchase 1-2 more PrepTests (or the optional volume of Actual, Official PrepTests) so that you have plenty of material to search through to find more targeted practice by question type.
  6. Assess your scoring goals for each section in the context of your most recent practice test score. Set goals for how many questions you will attempt in each section today.
  7. Complete all the sections of PrepTest 68, timed. You do not need to do this all at once, as this is not a full-length practice test. Break it up, take it slowly, and review each section thoroughly (entering incorrect answers into your error log) before beginning the next section.
  8. Score and review the section, entering questions into your error logs where applicable.

Day #10:

  1. Map the transitional language, purpose, and main idea of at least 2 news articles/Op Eds that are at least 1,000 words in length. Time yourself.
  2. Master the “Logical Opposites” deck of LSAT Flashcards and complete 10 more games from the “Mini Logic Games” deck.
  3. Analyze your Logical Reasoning error log and determine which sphere is your second weakest. Then, use the “Practice” tab in Magoosh’s LSAT program to complete 25 Logical Reasoning questions from within that sphere.
  4. Complete one Logical Reasoning, one Logic Games, and one Reading Comprehension section untimed from PrepTests 52-61, answering every question. Again, it’s okay if some of the questions from each section have already been answered, as you won’t be scoring these and you’re just looking for variety.
  5. Review these three sections, identifying which question type from each section gave you the most difficulty. Rewatch the applicable lesson for those question types if necessary, or find and complete a handful of questions of those types from the Magoosh online practice problems or from older PrepTests (numbered lower than 52).
  6. Assess your scoring goals for each section in the context of your pattern of scoring thus far (including on individual timed sections). Set goals for how many questions you will attempt in each section today.
  7. Complete all the sections of PrepTest 67, timed. You do not need to do this all at once, as this is not a full-length practice test. Break it up, take it slowly, and review each section thoroughly (entering incorrect answers into your error log) before beginning the next section.
  8. Score and review the section, entering questions into your error logs where applicable.

Day #11:

  1. Map the transitional language, purpose, and main idea of at least 2 news articles/Op Eds that are at least 1,000 words in length. Time yourself.
  2. Master the “Transitional Language” deck of LSAT Flashcards and complete another 10 games from the “Mini Logic Games” deck.
  3. Use the “Practice” tab in Magoosh’s LSAT program to complete 25 Logical Reasoning questions from among your strongest question types. This is to reinforce your strengths and make sure you don’t forget how to handle these question types while focusing on other content.
  4. Complete one Logical Reasoning, one Logic Games, and one Reading Comprehension section untimed from PrepTests 52-61, answering every question.
  5. Review these three sections, identifying which question type from each section gave you the most difficulty. Rewatch the applicable lesson for those question types if necessary, or find and complete a handful of questions of those types from the Magoosh online practice problems or from older PrepTests (numbered lower than 52).
  6. Assess your scoring goals for each section in the context of your most recent practice test score. Set goals for how many questions you will attempt in each section today.
  7. Complete all the sections of PrepTest 66, timed. You do not need to do this all at once, as this is not a full-length practice test. Break it up, take it slowly, and review each section thoroughly (entering incorrect answers into your error log) before beginning the next section.
  8. Score and review the section, entering questions into your error logs where applicable.

Day #12:

  1. Map the transitional language, purpose, and main idea of at least 2 news articles/Op Eds that are at least 1,000 words in length. Time yourself.
  2. Complete 20 games from the “Mini Logic Games” deck of LSAT Flashcards
  3. Complete any remaining Logical Reasoning questions in the “Practice” tab of Magoosh’s online LSAT program.
  4. Complete one Logical Reasoning, one Logic Games, and one Reading Comprehension section untimed from PrepTests 52-61, answering every question.
  5. Review these three sections, identifying which question type from each section gave you the most difficulty. Rewatch the applicable lesson for those question types if necessary, or find and complete a handful of questions of those types from the Magoosh online practice problems or from older PrepTests (numbered lower than 52).
  6. Assess your scoring goals for each section in the context of your most recent practice test score. Set goals for how many questions you will attempt in each section today.
  7. Complete all the sections of PrepTest 65, timed. You do not need to do this all at once, as this is not a full-length practice test. Break it up, take it slowly, and review each section thoroughly (entering incorrect answers into your error log) before beginning the next section.
  8. Score and review the section, entering questions into your error logs where applicable.

Day #13:

  1. Map the transitional language, purpose, and main idea of at least 2 news articles/Op Eds that are at least 1,000 words in length. Time yourself.
  2. Complete any remaining LSAT Flashcards and review as necessary.
  3. Practice the Writing Sample from PrepTest 63. Remember to spend a full 5 minutes brainstorming and outlining your response before you begin writing it.
  4. Complete all of PrepTest 63, untimed and answering every question. You can break this up section by section, reviewing each section and taking a breather before beginning the next section.
  5. Review these three sections, identifying which question type from each section gave you the most difficulty.
  6. Rewatch the applicable lesson for those question types if necessary, or find and complete a handful of questions of those types from the Magoosh online practice problems or from older PrepTests (numbered lower than 52).
  7. Assess your scoring goals for each section in the context of your most recent practice test score. Set goals for how many questions you will attempt in each section today.
  8. Complete all the sections of PrepTest 64, timed. You do not need to do this all at once, as this is not a full-length practice test. Break it up, take it slowly, and review each section thoroughly (entering incorrect answers into your error log) before beginning the next section.
  9. Score and review the section, entering questions into your error logs where applicable.

Day #14: Review

Today will be your last chance to really dive into test content. Tomorrow, you’ll take your final practice test and then you’ll spend the day before the real exam resting and reviewing only strategy.

Start today off by diving into your error logs and your scores from this week’s timed sections. Identify 2 skills you would like to focus on from each section. These skills could be specific question types or they could be more general skills like pacing or identifying difficult problems.

Rewatch the lessons that are most closely related to each of those skills. Then, write down a list of concrete ways to address each of those skills. If your problem is process of elimination, a solution might be to recite common trap answer choices in your head to help you spot one. If your problem is Assumption questions, you might want to ask yourself, “If this answer choice were false, would the conclusion still be true?” If so, that’s not the correct answer choice. Come up with at least one method of addressing each skill on your list.

Next, go back to your error log and work through as many of the problems on it as possible. This is your chance to revisit questions with which you struggled previously, and to apply your new methods and habits to them. This may be a frustrating process because you will only be tackling the questions you have missed in the past. Don’t get discouraged. Instead, remember that every question you get right the second time around is one you are unlikely to miss the next time you see it (or something similar to it).

Finally, end the day with a few easy questions. Pick your strongest type of Logic Game, do a few Logical Reasoning questions from early in a section, and do one Reading passage that you actually find interesting. End the day on a high note, and get a good night’s sleep before your final practice test tomorrow.

Day #15: Practice Test #3

Review How to Take an LSAT Practice Test for detailed guidance if necessary. Spend a few minutes reviewing and updating your scoring goals so that you know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish today. Then, take official PrepTest 71, timed and in a realistic testing environment.

After the test, score it, but don’t review every single question you answered incorrectly. At this point, you only have one day before the exam, and you want that day to be restful and confidence-building, not anxiety-inducing. Instead of looking at every error, look for patterns in your results where you missed a bunch of questions in a row or where you didn’t perform the way you expected. Examine those areas to determine whether the problem was the result of:

  • truly difficult content,
  • a lapse in focus,
  • poorly executed methods, or
  • lack of time.

Practice tests are like dress rehearsals. You’re trying to make things go wrong so that you can fix them before the real performance. If you notice that you made preventable mistakes on this practice test (those caused by anything other than truly difficult content), write down those mistakes along with a plan to avoid them on the real test day.

For example, if you know you lost focus halfway through a Logical Reasoning section, you can write down a solution like, “When I lose focus, I will put my pencil down, close my eyes, breath deeply three times, and then recite my goals and strategies for this test section. Then I can resume working on the next question using the appropriate step by step method.”

If timing was your issue, you could address it with the following solution: “If I am falling behind my pace because I am stuck on a question, I will mark the question and skip it, increase my allowed number of guesses by 1, and then return to that question at the end only if time allows.”

When you’re done analyzing your practice test results, go do something fun! It might be hard to resist studying more, but resist it. If you feel there’s no way you can meet your goal, then adjust your goal. You will perform better if you are confident about achieving a reasonable goal then if you are stressed about not achieving an unrealistic one. More importantly, nothing you can do in the next 24-48 hours will help you reach an unrealistic goal, so give yourself a break.

Day #16: The Day Before the Test

You have one and only one LSAT assignment for today: review your methods, strategies, and test day procedures. Make sure you can easily remember each of the following:

  • Your overall score goal for the exam, and roughly how many questions you need to answer correctly to reach it,
  • How many questions you aim to answer correctly in each section,
  • How many questions you are allowed to guess on in each section,
  • What the different question, game, and passage types are for each section,
  • Which question, game, and passage types are your strengths and which are your weaknesses (to help you determine the order in which to tackle them, where applicable),
  • How long to spend brainstorming for the Writing Sample,
  • What to do if you panic or lose focus,
  • How to get to the test center,
  • What to bring to the test center.

If you can easily recite the answers to all of these questions, you are prepared to do your best on this exam given your current mastery of the content. Of course you can always improve in your mastery of the content, but that will take more time and practice than you have right now. So, once you’ve got the above stuff memorized, go relax. You’ve earned it!

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2 Responses to 2 Week (16 Day) LSAT Crash Course

  1. Shruti August 2, 2016 at 7:26 AM #

    Hi!

    I am going to take my test in Sept. I hope I get a good score to get a college atleast. Else I will waste one year. Its my first attempt.

    Any suggestions? I have done online classes on Magoosh, Will start prep tests too.

    Shruti

    • Travis Coleman
      Travis Coleman August 3, 2016 at 1:35 PM #

      Hi Shruti,
      I hope your prep is going well so far. Here are a couple suggestions I would make to you:
      1. If you’re planning on taking the September LSAT, make sure to set reasonable, achievable goals for that exam date and don’t try to outperform yourself. For example, if you’re scoring around 160 on your practice tests, don’t set 170 as your next goal. Instead, aim for 165 and pace yourself accordingly, so that you make the most of the questions within your range and you don’t waste lots of time on questions outside your range.
      2. Try not to think in terms of wasting one year. If September doesn’t go as well as you hope, you can take the exam in December and still make the deadlines for all law schools. Don’t worry too much about rolling admissions. You can always submit your application early and then send your scores later.
      3. The PrepTests are the single, best resource for LSAT practice, but it’s best to learn the basics first. I recommend watching all the Magoosh videos early in your prep period. Then, once you’re familiar with the question types and the strategies to approach them, that’s a great time to start focusing on the PrepTests.
      4. Always balance timed and untimed practice. Timed practice is important to help you master pacing and quick decision making. However, untimed pacing is where you can really struggle with difficult questions and develop more complex skills to get a higher score. I recommend maintaining a 50/50 balance between timed and untimed practice until a couple weeks before the test, when you should shift toward more timed practice.

      I hope this helps, but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have more questions. Best of luck and happy studying!

      Travis


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