Monday, January 31, 2011

Planning for the June 2011 LSAT

It's that time of year again, when the winter snows start to make anything look better than walking outside.

That's no LSAT book... is it?
Hopefully that means you're ready to gear up for the June 2011 LSAT, which means you also need to take the two sample PrepTests, June 2007 and October 1996, input the data in our free LSAT score analyzer, order the official LSAT material, and set your LSAT goals based on your GPA and your dream schools’ entering profiles.

I wanted to take this chance to clarify the Zen calendar, how our free LSAT analysis and explanations fit into it, and what exactly the diagnosis phase entails.

There was some confusion on a forum about what exactly we recommend to do while taking two full, five-section LSATs a week for five weeks. We talked about how to add experimental sections to the LSAT so you get used to the full time length, but the most important part of the diagnosis phase is gathering enough relevant data on your strengths and weaknesses.

This doesn't mean however, that you don't go back over the tests you take. In fact, if you're planning self-prep for the LSAT, this phase is the most intuitive and least groundbreaking of the Zen calendar.

As you are taking the PrepTests in the order suggested, you should be reviewing the questions you missed, looking up explanations, and grouping them by type. This will help you get a better picture of how much work you need to do in order to reach your LSAT goals, and will better prepare you to address your weaknesses in the self-correcting stage of your preparation.

The most interesting way that we have seen Zen students group their missed questions is by physically cutting out the questions and placing them into a review notebook. This can of course be done digitally as well, which is similar to what I do for the online LSAT tutoring. That way you can create your own review material for your weaknesses, without having to pay again for a test prep company’s materials, which may or may not fit your needs.

The LSAT PrepTest Score Analyzer will help you target your weaknesses from the beginning of your self-prep, as well as introduce you to the free categorization system we use at Zen of 180 for logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and logic games. That way you don't even have to buy a book from some test prep company. Hopefully we'll have the system updated for all of the PrepTests, not just the two sample ones, in time for the June 2011 LSAT.

In case you haven't already added the Zen Calendar, here it is with a video explanation: