It is well known by now that a good LSAT score is ticket to a top law school, scholarships, a beautiful family and the life of your dreams. Less known is how to get to that good score when your initial LSAT score leaves something to be desired. This post will discuss what makes for a good LSAT score, and will provide a few key tips essential to getting a good LSAT score when otherwise you would not.
What is a good LSAT Score?
The LSAT is scored on a 120-180 scale, with 150 being more or less a score in the 50th percentile. Most students after their first diagnostic end up on the salty side of the bell curve, getting scores broadly ranging from 135-150, and of course, there are always the so-called “naturals” that score in the 150-165 range their first time out. These people usually end up being powerful politicians and CEOs of major corporations, so you should befriend them if you have the opportunity. Anecdotally, a good LSAT score is any score in the 160′s and up. These “good” LSAT scores are seen on applications to first tier schools, and can win you favor from financial aid offices.
How do I get a good LSAT Score?
So if you are not one of the aforementioned “naturals”, the question is “how do I get a good LSAT score?” Here are a few key steps that I have seen in every student of mine who has made from a mediocre LSAT score, to a good LSAT score.
Take an LSAT Course. – The best way to prepare for the exam is to have it taught to you by someone who understands it well. By observing how these instructors approach the exam, you will best learn how to deal with it yourself. Taking an LSAT course has the additional benefit of committing you to study, as you have already invested money in the endeavor. There are many LSAT prep courses out there, so choose wisely and do your homework. Of course, LSAT Freedom is a favorite of this blog, either by itself or as a supplement to a live course.
Don’t Over-Study. Devote a couple of hours a day to studying, and do so for two to three months. Getting a good LSAT score is a marathon, not a sprint. Dedicate a few hours a day to it, and don’t over-do it. Many students get burned out because they study too much at the outset and get mental blocks. Take days off and take a one week break in the middle of studying. It will be difficult, but it will work.
Limit the Study Aids You Use. There are many LSAT study aids on the market. Trying to read them all, and capture every piece of advice ever given on the exam will simply drive you crazy. Do your research, choose a select few, and stick to them the whole way through. Conflicting advice provided on disparate study aids will only serve to confuse you, and what you want is focus.
Take Several Full Length Practice Exams. As the song goes, “ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby.” Take 5-10 full length exams under timed conditions in the weeks prior to the exam. Analyze your mistakes and try to learn from them. Review close answer choices to determine what you may have missed the first time though, so that you can be better at recognizing your tendencies. This is a painstaking process, but as another song goes, “nobody said it was easy.”
If you follow the steps above, you will achieve a good LSAT score.