If you are a freshman or sophomore in college, then close your browser and immediately get back to your studies. Invest every minute of your available time in achieving the highest possible GPA before worrying about the law school admissions test. It is a critical piece of the acceptance decision.
On the other hand, if you are further along in your undergraduate career, then read on.
The law school admissions test is the great equalizer among a variety of undergraduate institutions and majors. What’s the single most important thing you can do to get into your dream law school? In six words, “practice law school admissions test questions.”
Doing well on the law school admissions test can help to pay for law school. Schools make scholarship decisions based upon your admissions test performance. Scholarship money entices high-scoring examinees to schools. The school increases its overall entering student scores. Scores are an important factor in the rankings. Time invested in test preparation will pay for itself many times over. It has a huge return on investment.
Is it as bad as everyone says? No. You simply have to figure out how to navigate it. You have to practice many, many questions.
The Law School Admission Council is the organization that develops and administers the test. Their website ought to be the first stop in your law school admissions quest.
Review the information carefully. You’ll get a good overview of the law school admissions process. Learn as much as possible about the admissions test procedures and protocols.
They offer numerous resources as you plan and prepare for law school. You can purchase practice exams and materials. They host conventions in major cities. Admission is free. Law school admissions personnel and student representatives will provide you with information about their schools and answer your questions. They also present seminars on topics such as the law school application process, financing your legal education and an overview of the practice of law.
You will get a condensed overview into issues regarding law school admissions and a sense of the various law schools you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to interact with other prospective law students and law school admissions personnel.
And there’s more good news.
With enough practice, you can do well on the test. It is not a knowledge test. It is a skills test. The skills it tests are the ability to read quickly and efficiently, the ability to reason logically, and the ability to analyze complicated problems.
With this test, time is everything. With unlimited time, you could probably ace the test. With limited time, you have to learn how to allocate time, prioritize questions, and use tools such as process of elimination.
To start, take a test under timed conditions. It will help you understand how much preparation you need. Decide what an acceptable score range is, to get you into your desired schools. Practice until you are consistently scoring in that range. Do not take the exam until then.
This isn’t like college tests. It isn’t a multiple guess test. You can’t fake it. You have to be able to work the problems and choose between answers that look equally acceptable.
Work actual questions from previous examinations. The test questions are written to certain specifications so it is important to practice with actual authentic questions. Purchase materials with actual questions from previous test administrations. They contain explanations and are a must for your test preparation.
Early in your preparation you can take your time working through the questions. It will help you to understand the question types and their structure. As soon as you feel confident, begin to practice under timed conditions. It is the only way to do well on the test.
Like an athlete using progressive resistance training to get stronger, you start slowly and carefully, working problems methodically, and checking your right and wrong answers. Over time, you will increase your skill and determine your weaknesses. You must work hundreds, if not thousands of authentic test question. It is very important that you analyze your correct and incorrect answers. Do not blow past correct answers. The explanations provided by the Law School Admission Council are extremely useful and will help you to improve over time.
Should you take a prep course? If you are undisciplined in your preparation, then yes. These courses will give you a preparation plan for the test. They will provide practice materials. But many of these courses purport to give you an inside track. You should be skeptical. Consider investing your money instead in more practice exams. Again, these are available from the Law School Admissions Council.
If you give yourself plenty of time to prepare solidly for the test, you will do well. There are no real tricks or shortcuts; the simple secret to success is good, old-fashioned hard work and dedication. If you are a freshman or sophomore in college, then put this book down and immediately get back to your studies. Invest every minute of your available time in achieving the highest possible GPA before worrying about the law school admissions test. It is a critical piece of the acceptance decision.