Be Physically Ready on Test Day.
Assuming that you have worked diligently and are as prepared as you can be, I would suggest that beginning the afternoon before the test, you try to relax. Do something fun, see a movie, have a nice dinner and get some rest.
On test day, wake up with plenty of time to spare. Eat a decent breakfast. Avoid caffeine. Get in a brief workout, especially something aerobic. Go for a run or get on the treadmill. Getting your blood circulating and oxygen to the brain will have a very positive effect on your exam performance.
Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the test center.
If you are not sure where the test center is, I suggest you drive there a day or two before the exam. This will allow you to avoid any potential stress of finding the location, parking and other unnecessary hassles on test day.
Enjoy the experience. This is your first step toward your goal. You have prepared and your efforts will be rewarded.
Work at a Measured Pace.
With approximately 25-28 questions and 35 minutes per section, you have approximately 1 minutes and 20 seconds to read the question , answer each question, and” bubbling” your answer sheet. There is no penalty for guessing on the LSAT. Approximately five minutes prior to time is called for each section, you should begin to bubble in any blanks left on your answer sheet.
Some people think that “C” is the favored answer choice among the test writers; others have their own personal favorite. It doesn’t matter which letter you choose. Just don’t leave any blanks on your answer sheet.
Use Process of Elimination.
This is one of the biggest payoff techniques you can use. After you read the string of answer choices, there will likely be one or two obviously incorrect answers. Get these out of your way—eliminate them by drawing a line through them or crossing them out. However, make sure you have read the passage carefully before you eliminate any possible answers.
Occasionally, the test writers are clever enough to come up with an answer choice that looks obviously incorrect at first glance, but upon deeper investigation turns out to be the correct answer. This is a rare event, however, most of the time obviously incorrect answers are just that.
After you are comfortable with the question, try and to eliminate the obviously incorrect answers and get them out of your way. Sometimes this simple process will cause the correct answer to immediately stand out.
The random probability of getting any answer correct is one in five, or 20%. If you can eliminate incorrect answers, your probability of guessing the correct answer increases exponentially. For example, if you can eliminate two incorrect answers, your probability increases to one in three. If you eliminate three incorrect answers, your probability of guessing the correct answer is one in two, or 50%.
Budget Your Time and Stick to Your Budget.
All questions, no matter how difficult, are valued equally. The temptation for most students when faced with a difficult question is to struggle with it. Resist the temptation. Remind yourself that the question is only worth one point. Move on to questions you can answer.
Similarly, allocate equal time to each question. Allow yourself sufficient time to bubble in the answer sheet. Work smoothly and steadily.
Remember that you can miss 20 questions and still score approximately a 165, which is above the 90th percentile. If you are faced with a difficult question, either bubble in a guess or move on and come back to it. My advice is to go ahead and bubble in an answer, in order to avoid incorrect bubbling on other questions.
Answer Every Question.
There is absolutely no penalty for guessing on the LSAT. Each question has five answer choices. Thus, a complete guess has a 20% chance of being correct. An educated guess improves your odds exponentially.
Answer every question, and you will improve your chances of a good score.
Bubble Your Answer Sheet Periodically.
One of the quickest ways to create problems for yourself is to forget to bubble in your answer sheet. I would advise bubbling every five or ten questions. This will reduce the risk that you will lose your place or incorrectly bubble. The actual increment is unimportant. What is important is that you bubble regularly and that your bubbling correctly aligns your intended answers with those on your answer sheet.
Don’t Be Afraid to Cancel Your Test Score.
If something happens to you on test day—you are ill or some other catastrophic event and you do not want your test score reported, you can cancel the score. The LSAC advises that you must send them a signed fax or overnight letter with your request within nine calendar days of the test. You can also cancel your score at the test center. However, you should be absolutely certain you want to cancel your score.
You should be aware, however, that ordinarily you may not take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period.
If You Perform Poorly, Take the LSAT Again.
If you perform substantially worse than you have done on practice tests, consider taking the test again. Be aware that the LSAC will report all test scores to schools that you apply to. LSAC will automatically report the results of all LSATs you have taken, including cancellations, since June 1, 2000. The LSAC averages the scores and also reports each separately. Most schools will average your scores for use with their admissions criteria.
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