1. Everything is in time
As you flip through a practice LSAT test book, you read the questions and think, “Yes, I could answer that question.” But can you answer more than 20 of them in 20 minutes? And you can count on yourself not to panic when you hear the supervisor yell, “5 minutes left!” It certainly helps to review test-taking strategies and solving practice problems, but be sure to take full, timed LSATs for practice. Not only will timing reveal which sections need the most and least work, but it will also help you inoculate yourself against the pressures of running a timed test. The more similar your practice sessions are, the better prepared you will be on the day of your actual test.
2. Learn from your mistakes
Taking practice tests and solving practice problems is a great way to prepare for the LSAT. But to get the most out of your practice, it’s important to know not only which questions you skipped, but also why you skipped them. After all, if you don’t know what mistakes you made, how can you learn from them?
3. One and go
The LSAT sends a complete record of your LSAT scores to the law schools to which you apply. If you have taken the exam more than once, these law schools will average your scores together and use that score when considering your admission. Don’t try to calm yourself by telling yourself that you can always retake the test – do your best the first time! Even if you take the test again and get an incredible score, any lower scores from the past will dull its brilliance. No pressure or anything.
4. Always be prepared
You may have left the Boy Scouts of America behind a long time ago, but chances are you will never get over your universally applicable mantra. Be sure to bring everything you need to the test center. Print your admission ticket the night before the exam and make sure all the information on the ticket matches what you think; sometimes the testing rooms will change with little or no notice. Do your research and learn the route to the test center so you don’t let your test day nervousness throw you off track. Mechanical pencils are not allowed on the LSAT, so bring multiple n pencils. 2 new and a pencil sharpener, as well as several good erasers. It may help to carry a highlighter for detailed reading and an analog (not digital) clock to keep track of time. You can take a ziplock bag (up to a gallon in size) with you, so put all of those things in there and be prepared for anything and everything!
5. Leave no bubbles behind
There is no penalty for guessing on the LSAT. Obviously you want to get the answer right, and an informed guess is always better than a shot in the dark, but if you run out of time and empty bubbles, just fill them in. Your LSAT score is calculated based on the number of correct answers you have, and there are no point deductions for incorrect answers, so don’t leave bubbles!