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Don't let the LSAT hold you back.
When to Write the LSAT
When I wrote the LSAT in 2013, Apple had just introduced touch ID, Frozen had just been released, and the LSAT was offered 3 times a year. In 2022 the LSAT is being offered 9 times. Today’s test takers have an abundance of test dates to choose from. Here are the 3 most common questions that I get about choosing a test date:
Question #1: Should I prioritize application cycle or application chances?
Many test-takers find themselves torn between maximizing their LSAT score and meeting application deadlines. This raises a potential conflict between getting into your school of choice and starting school at your preferred time. There are pros and cons to each of these options.
In most cases, I would recommend focusing on the school of choice over the application cycle. The law school which you attend can have an impact on your professional trajectory. This is particularly true in the United States. Your choice of school will also determine your geography, which many people find important. For many, an extra year before law school can be a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience, get involved in the community, or travel.
In some cases, there is good reason to focus on the application cycle. Some aspiring lawyers are especially eager to launch their careers. Conversely, those with busy schedules might worry about life getting in the way of delayed law school dreams. If you do end attending a less prestigious law school, you can still launch an impactful career by working hard.
Question #2: How much time do I need to study?
A key factor in choosing your test date is the time you will have to prepare in the proceeding months and weeks. In general, you should aim for at least 10 hours a week of study time. Choose a test date in which you will consistently be able to commit time to preparing in the weeks beforehand.
Not only will you want time to study, but you will also want enough time in your schedule for self-care. The LSAT is not a quiz but a performance. You want to arrive at test day in top shape so you can show off your logical prowess. An over-burdened work-load, emotional stressors, and lack of routine can get in the way of even the sharpest of reasoning skills.
Question # 3: How many times should I take the LSAT?
It is very common to take the LAST more than once. The rules around repeat testing and how they are assessed by schools has changed over the past decade. Historically, the Law School Admissions Council automatically reported all of an applicants test scores. Today, many (if not most) schools will only consider your top score. This is partly out of self-interest, as this allows law schools to report a higher average LSAT score for their incoming class and thereby improve their school’s reputation.
The Law Schools Admissions Council will you to take the LSAT a total of 7 times over your life, 5 times in 5 years, and 3 times within a test-cycle (beginning in August). First time test taker have the option to purchase “Score Preview” for 45 USD. This gives you the option to cancel your score after previewing it. It is common for test-takers to choose a test date that will give them enough time to re-take the test in the following cycle. Having a back-up test date can be a helpful method of managing test-taking anxiety.
I can help you get started with an LSAT timeline made just for you.
Contact me for your free 30 minutes coaching session. I have seen the inside of several LSAT preparation operations and can provide you candid advice on what to consider when registering for a test date. As a licensed lawyer, I can also offer guidance on your overall application and career goals.
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