The pre-study (time-to-test: 1 year to 4 months) should already be finished, but double check that you have set an LSAT goal and know what materials you should be using.
- Decide which law schools you want to attend, and what LSAT score you need in order to have favorable chances of acceptance
- Only buy official LSAT practice materials
- Take the free sample PrepTests from June 2007 and October 1996 if you don't already have materials in-hand
- Input your mistakes on the sample PrepTests into our free LSAT score analyzer to see where you'll focus your prep
- Take 1 to 2 full (i.e. with experimental sections) LSATs per week for 5 to 10 weeks, until you have at least 10 full LSATs to analyze
- Record the questions you miss into some meaningful classification system (like the Zen task standards for logic games, reading comprehension, and logical reasoning)
|Zen LSAT Self-Prep Calendar for June 2011 LSAT|
We wanted to clarify what we mean by an "added experimental section from PrepTest 19."
LSAT 101: the LSAT has four scored sections, two of logical reasoning and one each of analytical reasoning and reading comprehension. In addition to these sections, there is a fifth, unscored section, termed an "experimental" by LSAC. It serves as a balancing test for new LSAT questions. While individual test-takers' experimental sections vary--even those taking it on the same day in the same site--it always occurs during the first three sections.
Thus, in order to accurately diagnose your ability to perform on the LSAT, you should practice as closely to the conditions of the actual test. That means five full sections, not four. And in order to maximize your practice, we suggest using actual LSAT material from older PrepTests in order to fill in the "experimental" role.
So, the steps to appropriately using LSAT materials for your diagnosing phase:
- Get the older PrepTests in the the "10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTest" series. The cheapest place we've found is the Amazon store, where you can get a 4-for-3 deal.
- Take the first section from PrepTest 19 and use it as an experimental section mixed in as section 1, 2, or 3 when you sit down to take PrepTest 23. (Our calendar supposes you've already done this, so you should be using sections 3 and 4 with PrepTests 25 and 26, respectively).
- Be sure to give yourself a 10-to-15 minute break after the third section, as that will also happen on the day of the test. So, 15 + 35x5 = a little more than 3 hours for each practice session.
- Continue using the remaining sections from PrepTest 19 as "experimental" sections for PrepTests 24, 25, and 26, then repeat the process for later PrepTests as outlined in the Google calendar.