LSAT Strategies

Advice for LSAT test day

Advice for LSAT test day

The takeaways

For your actual LSAT test day, we have the following advice:

  1. Approach the official LSAT as you've practiced it in the past
  2. Trust your skills
  3. Eat a balanced meal and get enough sleep.

In our previous posts, we shared how to use AdeptLR most effectively and the results that you could expect if you continue to drill and practice on our platform. In this post, we are going to share some first-hand experience and advice on how to approach test day.

Approach the official administration as you’ve practiced it in the past

In other words, create testing environments leading up to the exam that simulate what the official administration will be like. I took the LSAT in person, and before my official administration, I visited my actual test site to scout where I’d be taking the test. While I wasn’t able to take a timed practice test at my test site, it wouldn’t have been a bad idea. Likewise, leading up to the official administration, simulate all aspects of what it’ll be like to sit down for it. Take practice exams in the room you plan to be in, at the same time as your official test. If you drink coffee before your practice exams, then drink coffee before the official one; otherwise, keep it out for both practice exams and the official administration. When you take the official administration, ideally, it’ll feel like another practice exam.

Trust your skills and don’t cram

The LSAT is a test of skills, not knowledge. You’ve used our platform, which is a data-driven approach to maximizing improvements in your studying. Trust that you’ve prepared enough for the LSAT; progress in the LSAT happens over time, not immediately, and you’ve built the skills necessary to conquer the exam. I personally think it’s helpful to take the day before the LSAT completely off. One additional day of studying will likely not provide any meaningful benefit to your skills. On the other hand, taking the day off before the official exam would give you something to look forward to while you’re studying and hopefully provide you a level of rest before the big day. On this note, I’d recommend doing something relaxing the night before the test—I watched an emotional TV show right before going to bed the night of my exam, and that wasn’t too helpful in putting me in a calm state!

Eat a balanced meal and get enough sleep the night

And, in the spirit of an earlier point, eat the same thing before practice exams as well to simulate what the official exam will be like. You don’t want any surprise digestive issues! You’ll want something that can provide energy throughout your test and keep your mind focused, like bananas or oatmeal. Lastly, make sure you get enough sleep the night before the exam. Some studies have found that getting a full night's sleep before taking an exam is correlated with better performance.

Good luck on the exam! We are rooting for you at AdeptLR.

Peter Jung, Co-Founder
January 26, 2023
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