Retaking LSAT in Feb. - 2 week plan?

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Offline trey

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Retaking LSAT in Feb. - 2 week plan?
« on: January 22, 2016, 12:44:30 PM »
I'm retaking the LSAT in two weeks, and I've already taken every available practice test. What else should I be doing?

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Offline Dr. Troy

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Re: Retaking LSAT in Feb. - 2 week plan?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2016, 02:12:15 PM »
Hey Trey - good question! Others may add to this, but my advice is to consider the last few tests you took to better gauge which areas still need the most work (Grouping games, say, or Assumption questions) and then devote as much time to reviewing the relevant conceptual ideas behind those areas until you fully understand the concepts/strategies involved, and then practicing as much as possible with specific, individual examples until you are consistently getting them correct. That way you can at least trust that when you encounter similar ideas on test day you'll be well-equipped to tackle them.

Of course, that depends a lot on what materials you have and what you mean by "taken every available practice test." Are you saying that you'd done all 70 or so official PrepTests? If so, then you've technically seen every LSAT questions from the modern (post-1990) era, and that makes doing "new" review as I've described it above essentially impossible. Note, I don't mean worthless! Reviewing questions, and even entire tests, that you've encountered previously can still be hugely valuable, provided your review focuses on improving the underlying process required to solve that question/game type. When I was prepping for the LSAT I often would do practice tests 3 or 4 times, just to make sure that I was approaching every single question or game or passage perfectly. By repeating the work until I could comfortably and confidently deconstruct it in the most ideal way, I developed a skill set that was incredibly powerful and that served me well when it came time for the real thing.

On the other hand, if you've simply completed every test provided as part of a prep course, then you should still have plenty of additional questions to work with in the form of problem sets and question collections (and possibly even entire tests available to purchase in addition to the ones your course provided). So in that case you'll have both new examples to attempt, as well as the ability to reconsider prior work with an eye to improvement as I outlined in the previous paragraph :)

Lastly, and perhaps above all, keep working! Don't let a lack of new content stop you from continuing to study and improve, as you still have two whole weeks to refine your methodology and grow you knowledge. You can't afford to waste any of the time you have left!

I hope that helps!