Last Minute LSAT Tips

Last Minute LSAT Tips

If you’re reading this post, I’m guessing the LSAT is just around the corner. (And if it is, and you still don’t feel prepared, consider taking a look at our two week LSAT study schedule.) Staring at this page, hoping for inspiration, you’re probably in one of two situations:

Situation 1: you signed up for the exam and, instead of studying hard for a month or two, you now only have a day or so before the big day, and studying took a back seat to whatever seemed like more fun at the time.

Situation 2: you studied hard for the last couple of months, but have somehow managed to convince yourself that you’re still underprepared. Perhaps you’ve scored low to average on your practice tests, and you’re hoping that you’ll discover some game-changing, last minute LSAT tip that will finally put your score over the top.

If you’re in either of these situations, then look no further. If you’re not … congratulations. Pat yourself on the back, and then read on. You’ll want to get these tips as well because you might be doing things that you shouldn’t before the big day!

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Last Minute LSAT Tip #1 – Don’t take the test tired and exhausted

This test is as much a test of your stamina as it is a test of your “test-taking” ability. I know you’re going to be stressed out the day and night before the exam. I know I was. However, you won’t be doing yourself any favors by staying up until three in the morning, taking practice test after practice test, hoping to boost your score by a point or two.

I can’t stress enough the effect of getting a good night’s rest the night before.

Scratch that.

Getting enough sleep only the night before will not cut it. You’re going to want to get plenty of sleep the entire week of the exam. Trust me when I say that pulling all-nighters, or partying with your cohorts until the wee hours, doesn’t come with a bunch of benefits.

I know you only go to college once, maybe twice, but good grief, take a week off and chill before you take the LSAT.

All you have to do is wait until the night after you take the exam.

If you can do this one thing, your brain, body, and LSAT score will really appreciate you.

Last Minute LSAT Tip #2 – Eat good food

The day before the exam, and the breakfast right before, please do one thing for me. Do not eat mac & cheese or Top Ramen. I won’t even go into detail as to why you shouldn’t do this in the first place … you’ll just regret it. Instead, you should eat something amazing … whatever that may be for you.

Last Minute LSAT Tip #3 – Map out your route to the test center

Whether that means punching a couple of buttons on your smart phone, or physically using a PC, take at least a minute to look at your route before you head off in the morning. You’d be surprised at how often something bad happens, like taking a wrong turn, or getting stuck in traffic.

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If you have a smart phone, use the WAZE app.

There’s not a whole lot more we need to cover here since this post only covers last minute tips. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for more comprehensive coverage, you may want to check out our post on How to Ace the LSAT: 5 Tips for Success.

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  • Randall

    Randall earned his JD from the University of Denver in 2013. He received his BA in Communications and Social Science from the University of Washington in 2010. Randall took the LSAT twice, and managed to improve his score by 14 points the second time around. He paid the price of learning to score high on the LSAT and hopes to help other potential law students avoid similar pain.

One Response to Last Minute LSAT Tips

  1. Daniel Thomas January 12, 2022 at 9:33 AM #

    I am a student of final year and my finals are knocking at the door. But I feel really anxious and restless just before the exam and I don’t know how to manage that situation. I try to keep myself calm but it doesn’t work. And fortunately, I found your tips very effective. In fact, I have followed these tips before my recent exam and I was way more relaxed than previous times. Thanks for saving with such great tips.

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