Study plateau

Study plateau

The takeaways
  • Students often plateau, even regress in progress at 1,000 questions drilled
  • Most students achieve breakthrough after the 2,000 questions mark
  • Tenacity and discipline are key!

Plateauing scores

LSAT preparation is a long journey and requires tenacity. Many people hit a wall at some point, whereby your score does not seem to improve and instead plateaus even with continuous practice. We found users tend to hit such a point shortly after they drilled over a 1,000 questions. Their average scored in Timed Sections lingered around -3 at that point.


Hulk-smash the wall

Upon reaching the plateau, our most tenacious users continued to drill, and our data showed that if they were able to cross the 2,000 question threshold, their scores in Timed Sections would trend back up and reach -2 and -1 on average.

The chart below shows an example of a user’s performance in Timed Sections in association with the total number of questions drilled. The user's timed section scores steadily increased early on during drilling. Soon after he passed the 1,000 questions drilled, his scores remained stagnant. However, as he persevered and continue to drill, he was able to achieve a breakthrough and obtain an average timed section score of -2.

An example of improvement in speed (reduction in time spent on questions) by number of questions drilled.


In short, hitting a plateau is very common. The key is to persevere, and continue to rigorously drill LSAT question after question. You will get out of this stalemate!

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