26 JUL / 2011 0

Improving Your Time on the LSAT

The New York Times has a short article about studying for the LSAT (as well as other standardized tests) as a so-called “older” applicant (i.e., someone not right out of college).  It mentions how student needs regarding test preparation are different, but it cautions applicants to put in the time necessary to become familiar with the test, including taking tests under timed conditions.

The article indirectly raises the issue of improving your time on the LSAT, which is something that “older” applicants, in particular, have frequently asked about.  To be sure, taking previously-administered LSATs under timed conditions is a great way to improve your time because you will naturally start to familiarize yourself with the exam as you go through your studies.

At the same time, it is important to expend a substantial amount of effort digesting the various logical concepts that underlie the LSAT.  This can be done when taking a practice test, but it is more effective when students take the time to study certain question types in-depth (including reviewing video explanations of the problems that the student answered incorrectly).  The more logically-precise the student is able to think, the clearer the questions will become and, thus, the easier it will be to make it through the questions in a timely fashion.

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