PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE: LSAT doesn’t test knowledge that is academic in nature. Don’t waste time cramming information such as important court cases, dates or people. You won’t find questions pertaining to specific, detailed pieces of information on the LSAT. Instead, taking practice tests repeatedly is your best strategy.
NOBODY’S PERFECT: Only about 10% of LSAT test takers correctly answer 75% of the questions. While missing one-quarter of the questions may seem like a lot, in fact, it places you in the top 10%. Don’t pressure yourself to get everything right.
FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTENT: Since all the questions on the LSAT have equal weight, the best strategy is to begin by answering the questions you know that you know. Otherwise, you might get bogged down and lose valuable time. When you’ve finished the questions you’re sure of, go back to the more difficult ones.
LEAVE NO BUBBLE UNFILLED: For each question, there are only two possible outcomes – correct or incorrect. Leaving a question unanswered means that question is automatically incorrect. Fill in a bubble even if you don’t have any idea if it is the correct answer. At least you’ve got a 20% chance of getting it right.
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE: You need only get 65% of the questions right to attain a score that is considered good (75th percentile). Because many of the questions on the LSAT are rigged to trick candidates, your best strategy is to move slowly and focus on what a question is really asking. In the analytic reasoning (games) section, you might want to address no more than three or four of the problems. With the remainder, arbitrarily fill in the bubbles if you are running out of time.
BE A COPY CAT: We’re not suggesting you copy from another candidate’s paper, but that you mimic real conditions when you are preparing for the LSAT. Take the entire test, giving 35 minutes to each section. Don’t leave your seat for any reason. Break after the third test for 10 minutes. Include a writing sample.
GUESSES SHOULD BE EDUCATED: It’s fine – even encouraged – to skip problems that are difficult and return later to make a guess. If you can eliminate any of the answers, it will increase the odds that the one you choose will be correct.
HE WHO HESITATES IS LOST: LSAT is four hours in length. You’ll increase your chances of success if you keep plugging away and don’t permit yourself to take a mental break. LSAT demonstrates your endurance, which is a trait that is essential for an attorney.
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOGIC: Learn logical relationships, such as contrapositive, inverse and converse relationships. You’ll be able to identify them in the logical reasoning (argument) and analytic reasoning sections.
GET THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Law school applications are typically examined and decided upon as they are received. This means that candidates who submit their applications in their junior year will face less competition than those who wait until the last minute.