The Law School Admission Test, also known as the LSAT, is the test that almost all law schools in the United States require. The test is scored from 120 to 180. It is multiple choice questions with an unscored writing sample at the end. There are five sections, but only four of them are actually scored, in the test that are each 35 minutes long. These sections include reading comprehension, analytical reasoning questions, and logical reasoning questions. Everyone has different ways of studying but these are five tips to keep in mind.

Start right now

Seriously, today. If you plan on taking the LSAT anytime in the next two years start studying and practicing today even if it is just 15 minutes. The LSAT is a test like nothing you have experienced before and it will take time to get the hang of the type of questions you will be asked. The earlier you get started the better.

Get apps on your phone

Apps on your phone let you study on the go. There are many that you can purchase but there are several free ones that are just as helpful. Ones that include explanations to the questions are the most beneficial. You can find free LSAT Prep apps here, here, and here.

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Purchase a prep book that includes practice tests (and use it!)

This is a must especially if you do not want to pay the large cost of a LSAT prep course right away. Make sure to purchase a book that includes real questions from an old LSAT. That way you will be receiving actual questions that have been used. You can find some prep books here,  here, and here.

Take practice tests

Studying for the LSAT is great, but you need to practice taking it. In the months leading up to your test, try taking one practice test every week. Sit down and simulate a real test situation: put your phone away, time yourself with a watch, minimal noise, and take all five sections of the test. This will help you tremendously when it comes to test day because you will be used to it.

Pay for a prep course

It is worth it, I promise. The first test I took I studied on my own with some books I purchased. Then I paid for an online course and my next test score went up by five points. Different companies offer different options at a range of prices. There are in-person, live online, and self-paced courses. There are many options for the prep courses, you just need one that suits your needs. You can find Prep Course options here, here, and here.

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The LSAT can be intimidating, especially if you are the first one in your family to go through the process. Just know that there are many resources and people out there to assist you throughout your journey. You will be successful in taking it if you take the time to study, practice, and ask for assistance when needed. Good luck and I hope you get into the law school of your dreams.

Abby B