How to Prepare for The LSAT
One of the most common questions we receive is “How do I prepare for the LSAT” or “What is the best way to prepare for the LSAT?”
The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is the one of the most important examines you will take prior to your law school admission, and it’s important to be prepared.
It’s no wonder so many potential law school students seek advice on how to prepare for the LSAT, considering with a top LSAT score, your selection of law schools becomes much greater. Based on the top 20 law school rankings, the top 5 law schools have a median LSAT acceptance score of 170 or higher, the top 20 law schools have a median LSAT score of 164 or higher. (180 is the highest LSAT score one can achieve.)
It’s for this reason being adequately prepared for the LSAT is one of the most single important aspects of getting into law school. In order to attend a top law school, it is necessary to get a top LSAT score. (Keep in mind as previously discussed, law school ranking is not everything). If your goal is not to attend a top law school, having a great LSAT score will still greatly help getting into the law school of your choice.
A close associate of LawSchoolGuide101.com told us recently about how he had a slightly below average UGPA for the law school he wanted to attend, but scored so well on the LSAT that he was accepted to his law school of choice regardless. He also largely credited the book The LSAT Trainer: A remarkable self-study guide for the self-driven student for his LSAT success.
In addition, many students who have scored a 160 or higher on the LSAT’s have recommended The PowerScore LSAT Bible Trilogy. The LSAT Bible Trilogy has been written by two test experts, David M. Killoran and Steven G. Stein. Both are test experts who have scored in the 99th percentile of the LSAT. We have listed the individual books for each specific LSAT section below as well.
LSAT Prep: Preparing for the LSAT
Below we have listed a general overview of the LSAT, including information about the LSAT, how the LSAT is broken down, and the best comprehensive guides to ensure you get the best score possible on each section of the LSAT.
The Purpose of The LSAT
The purpose of the LSAT is for law schools to be able to have an idea of both how well a future student will perform in school, as well as use it as a standard ranking system with all law school applicant’s.
While UGPA can give an idea of a student’s intellect and dedication toward their studies, there are many variables between UGPA such as the specific classes taken, the school attended, etc.
With the LSAT, all students are taking the same exam, and it allows law schools to get a much clearer idea of how each applicant ranks all things being equal.
About The LSAT & How to Prepare for the LSAT
When it comes to preparing for the LSAT, it is not like preparing for most exams. The LSAT is a unique examine in that it is focused mostly on your ability to reason and use logic. Two skills that tend to make an excellent attorney.
The LSAT consists of five 35 minute multiple choice sections, all timed separately, as well as a half-hour essay portion.
While the multiple choice sections vary in order for each test taker, the sections themselves remain the same.
The 5 sections for the LSAT are:
- Logical Reasoning- 2 sections (24-26 questions total)
- Analytical Reasoning (24 questions)
- Reading Comprehension (26-28 questions)
- Wild Card
The wild card section could be any of the above, and is not actually used as part of the your LSAT score. The purpose is to assist LSAC in experimenting with new testing methods.
When it comes to preparing for the LSAT, the best way is to practice. This can be with self-help LSAT study guides, LSAT tutors, or LSAT courses. Practicing the LSAT will allow you to get use to the types of questions ask, how to think about each question, and how to use deductive reasoning, logic, and proper analytical skills to get the best score possible.
In addition to practicing the LSAT, another great way to prepare for the LSAT is to study various LSAT guides available, which will help build a fundamental understanding of how to break down the LSAT questions, and answer them correctly.
Also, while there are many free LSAT guides available, when it comes to something as impactful of your future as the LSAT, we recommend using the best guides provided, so long as it is within your budget (just consider it an extended expense of law school)
Let’s now examine each section of the LSAT and the best guides for preparing.
LSAT section 1: Logical Reasoning
The ability to comprehend and analyze arguments is a critical skill as an attorney. The logical reasoning section examines one’s ability to analyze, construct, and refute arguments, all within a condensed period of time (35 minutes total). The most important skill in this section is the ability to reason and comprehend the information given.
Here is an example from LSAC.org
Executive: We recently ran a set of advertisements in the print version of a travel magazine and on that magazine’s website. We were unable to get any direct information about consumer response to the print ads. However, we found that consumer response to the ads on the website was much more limited than is typical for website ads. We concluded that consumer response to the print ads was probably below par as well.
The executive’s reasoning does which one of the following?
The PowerScore LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible is available here, and again, has been highly recommended by those who have achieved high scores on the LSAT.
LSAT Section 2: Analytical Reasoning
The analytical reasoning section, also known as the “games” section, is focused on answering questions based on deductions from a set of rules, statements, or conditions.
An example would be discussing a sports team, and the section would state that player A can only play when player B plays. Player C only plays when player A plays, but not player B, etc. The questions would involve answering when each player is playing.
For great practice on the logic games, we recommend reading The PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible (Powerscore LSAT Bible)
Also, be sure to read how to avoid traps in the analytical reasoning section of the LSAT.
LSAT Section 3: Reading Comprehension
The reading comprehension section of the LSAT is designed to test your ability to analyze the logic, structure, and details of the material written. Passages are derived from a variety of subjects. Some you may be familiar with, others you may not.
However, all information to correctly answer the questions can be found within the text. In order to correctly answer the question, you must draw inferences from the information.
The PowerScore LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible (PowerScore LSAT Bible) (PowerScore LSAT Bible Series) has been used by many current law school students to get the best score possible on the reading comprehension section of the LSAT.
Below are all faculty and law student approved LSAT study guides.
How to Prepare for The LSAT Final Thoughts
As said before, the absolute best way o prepare for the LSAT is to practice and study. Take practice LSATS online, and take practice LSATS in person. Read various LSAT books and guides available, and also speak with any friends, relatives, or associates who have taken the LSAT. Lastly, when it comes to preparing for the LSAT, the sooner the better. Don’t wait until a few months before taking the exam. Many people begin practicing and preparing for the LSAT years in advance.