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How to Prep for the LSAT

Don't let the LSAT stress you out. Be a good prospective law student by going in to the test prepared.


  • Step 1: Know the test Get to know and understand the test format. Know that it takes a half-day to complete the test and that there are five multiple choice sections, and you are given 35 minutes to complete each one. There is also a 35-minute writing section at the end of the test.
  • Step 2: Understand the questions Familiarize yourself with the types of multiple choice questions on the test. The three categories they will fall into are reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.
  • Step 3: Study Allow 3 to 6 months preparation and study time prior to the test. There are many ways to study, but self-study using practice exams and LSAT books has proven very effective. This method does not employ the help of a professional, but depends on your own self-discipline.
  • TIP: Obtain practice exam books that cover the sections and test strategies through the Law School Admission council. There are other sites online that also provide self-study materials.
  • Step 4: Take in-person classes Take prep classes. Be sure to research the teacher and the class provider to ensure credibility before you sign up.
  • Step 5: Study online Enroll in online classes. These are less expensive than in-person classes. If you enroll in a live online class, you can participate over the internet using headphones and a microphone or a chat function.
  • FACT: On average, people who take the LSAT a second time earn scores 2.7 points higher than their first scores.

You Will Need

  • 3-6 months preparation time
  • Self-discipline
  • In-person classes
  • Online classes
  • Internet access
  • Microphone
  • Tutor
  • Practice exams and books (optional)

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