Law schools place a heavy emphasis on LSAT scores. However, a lower LSAT score may sometimes be acceptable where the student compensates with an excellent academic record and/or numerous leadership positions.
To succeed on the LSAT, obtain an LSAT Preparation Guide for study tips on taking the LSAT. Decide when you will take the LSAT. There is no set way to prepare for the LSAT. Many students obtain high scores without use of Kaplan or other resources, but other students do take LSAT preparation courses (e.g., Kaplan, Princeton Review, Testmasters, etc.). Some students purchase LSAT preparation books and self-study. One key to success on the LSAT is to take a series of practice exams under simulated, timed exam conditions. Mark each question about which you were unsure or answered incorrectly. Carefully review each of these questions and answers. Where possible, take at least five practice exams under simulated exam conditions in the four weeks prior to the actual exam. If possible, attend a LSAT Tips and Strategies session in the weeks or months prior to your exam. If your LSAT score is unsatisfactory, retake the LSAT.
For more information, please visit http://www.lsac.org/LSAT/preparing-for-lsat.asp.
• Review the rules of the testing facility carefully to ensure compliance. Review them several days in advance of the test.
• Check your LSAC.org account the night before the LSAT because LSAT test supervisors sometimes need to change reporting addresses without much notice.
• If possible, visit the testing site (even if you don't yet know in what room the test will be given) at least once before the exam. Make sure that you understand how to get to the site, where to park, where its restrooms and water fountains are located, etc., so that these mundane issues won't cause you unforeseen anxiety, time delays, or other problems on the day of the exam.
• Get a good night's sleep the night before the exam.
• Leave early to allow yourself plenty of time to arrive. Proctors won't admit you to the test if you are late, and bear in mind that unforeseen circumstances like traffic, etc., could delay you.
• Prepare the clear, plastic bag of whatever materials you are permitted to take with you on the day of the exam, such as sharpened number 2 pencils, the night before the exam. Double check the test rules to ensure that you are not packing a prohibited item.
• Check the test rules to see which, if any, electronic devices are permitted in the testing site. You may need to leave your cell phone and Ipod, etc., in your car.
• Bring a noiseless watch if you are used to timing yourself with a watch.
• Comfort is key! Dress in comfortable clothing similar to the type of clothing you wore during the practice examinations. Dressing in layers is sometimes a good idea so that if the exam room is warmer than expected, you can remove your sweatshirt or sweater to cool down and vice-versa if the room is too cold. Being comfortable is key because it minimizes distraction.
• Check test rules to make sure that whatever dress you choose is appropriate (test rules discuss hoods and hats).
• Take measures to prevent/minimize other distractions, such as hair hanging in your face or noisy wrist jewelry.
• Don't wear any perfumes, colognes, or lotions that could distract your peers or trigger a reaction by someone with chemical sensitivity.
• Be prepared. Where permissible, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, consider bringing an extra pair of lenses or an alternate pair of glasses should a visual incident occur during the exam, such as a contact tearing or your eyes becoming irritated. Likewise, consider bringing a small packet of tissues so that in the event you sneeze during the exam, you will not need to waste additional time going to the restroom in order to obtain a tissue. Check test rules to ensure which items are permissible at the test site and in the room.
• Pack extra sharpened pencils and highlighters.
• Consider using a highlighter to actively read LSAT passages.
• Pace yourself.
• GOOD LUCK!