My very simple and effective practice method is what helped me and continues to help my students achieve scores in the 99th percentile, on both LSAT
There are 2 parts to my study regimen - 1) doing as many practice tests as possible, and 2) mastering each test before taking the next one, to get to the point where the student would get a perfect score if he/she took that test again. Together with me, we break down every single question that the student either got wrong, or got right but didn't feel 100% confident on. We make every single question easy as pie so that the student can feel confident looking at that question again and knowing how to determine the answer right away. Then we move onto the next practice test, and track progress in a spreadsheet together over time. Since every LSAT/SAT is very similar to every other LSAT/SAT, if a student does this enough times it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE for his/her score not to approach the 99th percentile.Logic
dictates that the best way to learn to do something well is just to do it over and over again. Thus, when I myself began studying for the LSAT, I started off by doing a timed test. Then, I thought, I'd just have to do many more timed tests until my score reached 180 (a perfect score). But, I started to notice that over the first few tests, my score stagnated and even moved down a couple of points. I began noticing that it was always the same point in the section where I would start running out of time and have to rush through or guess the last bunch of questions. I realized that instead of getting better at taking the LSAT, I was in fact training myself to make the same mistakes over and over again by engraining them! The key here is that you have to learn how to do something WELL before learning to do it FAST.
Think about the first time you tied your shoes. You probably took a lot of time to do it properly - had you tried to do it as fast as you can do it today, you would have certainly failed. More importantly, had you repeatedly tried to do it at that speed everyday until now, you would have NEVER learned how to tie your shoes! But with the right instruction, learning how to do it well and repeating it over and over again, doing it quickly just started happening naturally over time.
So I switched my LSAT study method up. I decided I'd take as long as I needed on my next practice test to get perfect - I'd treat it like a homework assignment, and only stop working on a section when I was confident in every single one of my answers. At the same time, I measured how much time it took me to complete each section. While I didn't actually get perfect, my score shot up very quickly, and now the mistakes I was making were from thinking through a question wrong, rather than from rushing - this was something that could be studied and more easily corrected before taking the next test! And even though I was taking extra time on each section, all I had to do was try to do it in one less minute the next time, and so on, until I was effortlessly doing each section with TIME TO SPARE!
This is exactly what I do with all of my LSAT/SAT students. We start off by taking a timed test or two, to set a benchmark as well as to get a feel for the rhythm of the timed sections. Then, we switch to un-timed, but measure how long each section takes. We master and drill every wrong or difficult question on every section so that the student would get perfect on those questions if answering them again. Then, we move onto the next practice test, and try to do it a little bit faster than the last one. As long as a student is dedicated and sticks to this method, he/she WILL MASTER THE TEST.
The most important thing worth mentioning is that when I studied to master both of these tests, I didn't use any 3rd party books or methods. I devoted myself to developing my own simple tips and tricks for how to clearly think through each and every type of question - the 3rd party books and schools want to turn everything into a science
, so that they can sell more books and classes, and as such they tend to overcomplicate things. The LSAT and the SAT are both very simple tests at their cores, and I use plain English
and simple strategies and analogies with my students to think through even the most difficult questions.
My one disclaimer - the only person who can determine what score you get is YOU, and this is worth mentioning. Don't get me wrong - my tutelage has helped students achieve scores that get them into top notch, sometimes Ivy League institutions. But all I can do is guarantee to get you on the quickest and easiest path towards a 2400 on the SAT or a 180 on the LSAT - the rest is up to you!