Today’s advice comes from our friends at Blueprint LSAT Prep. Blueprint students can enroll in live LSAT prep classes throughout the country, online LSAT courses from the comfort of their own home, or self-study with Blueprint’s new Logic Games book
Halloween may be well behind us, but for those taking the December LSAT, the truly scary time of year is just beginning. With just about a month left until the Big Day, you might be stressing about being behind on your prep. The good news is that almost everyone feels that way – this is around the time when people start realizing that although they’ve come a long way in terms of LSAT prep, they still have a long way to go. The other good news is that even if you do feel that way, you might actually be right on track.
If you haven’t started your prep at all yet, the prognosis is not good. The general recommendation is to prep for 2-3 months at minimum. Sure, there are people who have prepped for a month or so and done very well, but those people are extreme outliers.
So if you haven’t even cracked a book yet, you should probably wait for a later test date, even if that means delaying your applications by a year. If you have your heart set on taking the December LSAT, be aware that you’ll need to make the LSAT your life for the next month, and you won’t have time to prepare to your full potential.
Okay, so the bad news is out of the way. Let’s talk about where you should be if you are in the thick of your prep!
If you have already started studying (and we mean really studying, not just idly flipping through an LSAT book from time to time), then you’re probably in a better spot than you think. For instance, if your practice test scores have been lower than you’d like, there’s no need to be concerned just yet – there’s still ample time to improve your score, and it’s pretty common to see a big score increase in the last few weeks of prep.
This is the period of studying when you will hopefully see things start to come together. You should’ve been spending most of your time at the beginning of your prep learning the techniques and making sure you understood everything. Now, it’s time to start trying to speed up.
If you’re still struggling with getting through questions quickly and efficiently, you’ll want to start incorporating more timed practice. You should start at a pace that is a little quicker than normal, but not so fast that you’re getting everything wrong. Once that pace feels comfortable, lower your time goal again.
You can start with smaller chunks of questions and work your way up to full sections. This timed practice should be interspersed with taking full practice tests; after each practice test, make sure you thoroughly review the test and spend some time working on anything you struggled with before you take the next test.
Around this time, LSAT preppers sometimes start to feel overwhelmed by how much work they still have to do. It can seem intimidating, but try not to stress too much just yet – there’s still a lot of time for things to click, and you’ll have ample opportunity to stress once the test date gets a little closer! For now, keep plugging away – all of that hard work will pay off over the next month.