Time is the currency of life. It is also the currency of the LSAT.
Your LSAT test score is NOT a reflection of whether you can answer LSAT questions. It’s a reflection of effectively you answer questions relative to other test takers. Most people can correctly answer most LSAT questions if they have enough time time. Most test takers do NOT have sufficient time to answer all LSAT questions in a meaningful way. That said, there is no penalty for putting the wrong answer on the LSAT. Make sure you select an answer to every question.
The LSAT is a test of reading and reasoning. Many LSAT test takers have difficulty with “LSAT language” and some of the basic logical rules of inference. Deborah J. Bennett is a math professor at New Jersey City University. She is also the author of the book “Logic Made Easy“. “Logic Made Easy” is a very practical and readable book on the principles of logic. I have recommended it to many pre–laws as part of their LSAT prep. During the interview Professor Bennett references questions from the October 1996 LSAT exam.
The February 2013 LSAT is exactly one week away. For most LSAT takers, the word “LSAT” has become synonymous with the word “anxiety”. What do people feel anxious about? People taking the February LSAT typically suffer from “heightened” LSAT anxiety for two reasons:
1. It is the last (the word is “last” and not “LSAT”) test they can take in the current application cycle; and
2. I suspect that February testing pool includes a much higher percent of people who have already taken the LSAT. The problem with retaking the LSAT is that:
You are taking the LSAT already knowing that you have underperformed. The knowledge that you have “underperformed” once is not helpful to you. It is not good for your confidence.
One thing that continually amazes me each time I review an LSAT prep book is the huge amount of space spent in categorizing and sub-categorizing question types in logical reasoning. I just flipped through a 2009-edition prep book from one of the big national LSAT prep companies, and it literally had 2 pages devoted to finding assumptions in logical reasoning but over 20 pages explaining each different question type. I can also tell you from experience that categorization is a big part of the curriculum in large LSAT classes.