Some Points To Remember While Preparing For LSAT
Step-by-Step LSAT Preparation Plan
Following is a step-by-step guide to help a student prepare for LSAT:
Step 1: Visit the official website www.lsac.org:
The first step towards good preparation is to visit the official website and go through all the information about the test. For a good attempt at the test, prepare for the test following the nuances and details given in its website. The official website has a lot of valid information about the latest list of books and it is also the best way to understand the test's requirements. The 'Official LSAT PREPTEST' in the website should be the first test paper that a student should solve for the LSAT. This is a prerequisite before starting to prepare for the test. The reason why you should solve the test paper and then proceed further is because after solving this test you will know clearly what is required for you from the actual test. This will help you in taking the final LSAT, prepare you for the upcoming hurdles, and clear all doubts about the basics of the test that you might have had.
Step 2: Mark the dos and don'ts of the test/ mark your strengths and weaknesses also:The second step to help students aiming for the LSAT is to jot down and remember the dos and don'ts of the test. This can be done after solving the 'Official LSAT PREPTEST' from the official website.
Keeping a time limit, maintaining a calm and cool approach are the common dos. The common don'ts are: spending too much time on one question, contemplating about the result without even attempting the entire test, going back and forth while answering the test, i.e. no confidence on already answered questions. It is also important to ascertain your strong and weak points so that they can be worked upon while you prepare for the test. The best way to judge oneself for the LSAT is by reviewing the solved preparation test. You will clearly know how you stand against the novelty of the questions asked by the LSAT. You should note down the points and keep referring to them during your entire preparation to judge whether you have worked on them or not.
Step 3: Get hold of study material according to your requirements:
After having arrived at the positives and negatives of your LSAT preparedness, you should get the study material that will be best suited to your requirements. Be true to yourself. Studying from bulky and popular books, though they are not suitable for your skill set is simply being foolish. Get the books that you can understand and that add value to your preparation. Follow the official list and also do some research on the unofficial study material available. For a good performance, prepare for the test from the choicest material and do not blindly follow anyone else.
Step 4: Download sample test papers and procure practice tests of the LSAT:
Along with the books, a student should also get hold of the sample tests on the LSAT. Preparing from the sample tests along with studying from the books helps in practicing what a student learns. This is great for retaining the subject.
The official website has sample test papers that should be solved in the process of preparation. The LSAT SuperPrep book has three tests that have not been repeated anywhere else in any other book so it is advisable to solve those along with other genuine test papers that you can get hold of.
The best place for sample tests is the LSAT website but you can also solve tests from other sources.
Step 5: Register with a professional prep course if required, possible and affordable:
After taking the pains of studying the books, solving the test papers and taking the sample tests, if a student still feels that he/she is not adequately prepared, then professional help is required to prepare for the test. This help can be taken from tutors, tutorials and coaching centres. The student should keep in mind his/her budget and requirements before taking professional help. The source of help should also be legal and genuine, so one should double-check to be sure and then go ahead.
Step 6: PRACTICE!
There is no better way, to guarantee a great result at the LSAT, than to practice and keep practicing the test papers. What is difficult at first will become a smooth ride if you keep on practicing it. Give yourself time-at-hand for the best preparation of the test. At the end of the day, the LSAT is a test and with practice the questions and their patterns can be deciphered and therefore can be solved. If you want to ace the test, practice!