LSAT Tutoring & Test Preparation
Given your goal is to further your career by attending law school, the LSAT is probably the most important exam of your life. The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a standardized test that allows law schools to assess some basic skills and compare them to those of other applicants. It is a prerequisite for admission, meaning all students must take it. Because the LSAT is a standardized exam, your performance is only as good as other students perform in comparison. Therefore your performance on the LSAT has a huge impact on your admissions competitiveness, as well as your financial aid options. If you aspire to attend the best law school possible, then you must take your LSAT preparation seriously.
The test consists of four sections, administered in the following order:
- Reading Comprehension
- Analytical Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
- Writing Sample
- Unscored Variable Section
The Reading Comprehension section provides four essays with 5-8 questions following each. This section is quite simple; you need to understand the point made by the authors and connect information from different areas of text. The Analytical Reasoning section prompts you with a scenario and then asks you to draw conclusions based on the premise (this is often referred to as “Logic Games”). The Writing sample concludes the exam. You are asked to argue in favor of one of two possible decisions regarding some situation. This section is not actually scored, rather it is simply provided to schools as an example of your writing and reasoning skills. There is one extra section mixed into the exam: an unscored experimental section of questions that the LSAC (Law School Admissions Council) uses to research future exam questions. Of course, you will not know which section is unscored. The entire exam is about 4 hours and 15 minutes in duration. Your scores on individual sections will be considered in addition to your total score, so any weak areas will be exposed. Don’t rely on your strengths in one area to make up for weaknesses in another.
Note: Applicants are not permitted to take the LSAT more than 3 times in 2 years.
Personalized Studying Strategies
With such a broad and comprehensive test, you need to strategically approach your preparation. Begin with an LSAT practice test, preferably one provided by the LSAC. This will serve as a diagnostic baseline. The section in which you scored the lowest should be your first priority. The question then becomes, if you had difficulty with one or more section, do you feel confident in your ability to improve those weak areas? Preparation books are certainly helpful, but they cannot assess the specific skills you need to improve. They’re written to provide preparation for everyone. However no two students are exactly the same in needs nor in learning style.
A TutorNerds expert can specifically tailor your LSAT preparation in order to efficiently and effectively produce results. Our LSAT tutors can outline an organized approach to the LSAT that fits with your needs as well as your schedule. Together, you will work through the concepts covered by the LSAT in order to ensure you have a solid understanding of the material from the start. From there, you will cover hundreds, even thousands, of LSAT questions. This will provide an opportunity for your tutor to explain typical types of questions and test-taking strategies while at the same time increasing your knowledge. This combination of total immersion with learning strategies designed specifically for you creates the optimal test preparation environment.
The LSAT is a very significant building block of your application to law school. It’s one thing to work with a generic test preparation book, or even a LSAT class. But to really optimize your admissions potential, you need to work with an expert who understands how the LSAT fits into your entire application. Given your goals, what score is necessary? And how close are you to achieving that score? Are your goals realistic? TutorNerds LSAT tutors and consultants will be able to provide you with the answers you need to put together a strong application. He or she will help you establish a list of goals with deadlines. Most importantly, you will have a supportive expert to provide feedback along the way.
LSAT preparation is certainly intensive given the volume of material covered by the exam. But students consistently show increased scores with adequate preparation. We recommend students begin their preparation 12 to 24 weeks prior to their exam. We offer a free consultation with one of out law school admissions experts if you have any questions.
Benefits of TutorNerds LSAT Test Prep
- One-on-one Instruction from Experts
- Personalized Approach
- Convenient Scheduling
- Distraction-free Learning
- Holistic Admissions Approach
Give TutorNerds a call today to begin your law school application preparation with a LSAT expert and your LSAC application process with our Law School Admissions Consultants.