Test-Taking Consistency: A Key to Your Best LSAT Score:

LSAT success depends on two things: understanding the content of the test and executing that understanding time after time after time.

It is astonishing how many LSAT prep courses and study aids (almost all, in my view, which is one reason I didn’t use any of them ) focus only on the first. Many don’t even do that particularly well. The result is that a lot of LSAT takers feel like they knew the material better than they could show in the actual test. That’s because the second key to success—test-taking—is ignored, and the result is that test takers leave a lot of points on the table.

I got a perfect LSAT score the only time I took it. That wasn’t because I necessarily understood the material better than a lot of other high scorers. What I did better—and now help my clients do better— was consistent execution of the most straightforward accurate techniques.

On test day, I was focused on test day on doing things the best way, the right way, 125 times. Nothing the proctor did mattered. Nothing my neighbor did mattered. And the only thing that I did that mattered was doing what I knew how to do—125 times, not 100 or 90 or 105. Hard question? Ok, do your job and make your choice. And once that question is done, it’s done, and the only thing that matters is the next question. I trusted the process that I’d honed for the prior 10 weeks, didn’t try to do more than I knew how to do, and did things exactly the same way as I’d done them in my LSAT preparation, which was also highly disciplined.  I got my best score. That should be everyone’s objective, whether that best LSAT score is a 180, a 165 or a 150. Do your job the right way—that’s a tall enough order if you’ve done your work the way you should.

Why are my clients extraordinarily successful on the actual LSAT (not just the last practice test, which is how most companies report their improvement data)? It’s because we spend a lot of time together working through process execution and consistency—doing things the same way every time, tailored for individual client learning styles (and sometimes, obstacles). If you do that, you should be very close to or exceed your best practice score on test day. If you don’t—if you panic, if you pay attention to distractions (which is anything other than the correct next step), if you’re thrown by a hard question or a tough game—you will leave points on the table.

~ by Kyle Pasewark at Advise-in Solutions on March 9, 2017.

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