5 Keys to Success on the LSAT

1—Focus on the last 20 tests

Put in the time to master the fundamental skills on all three sections of the LSAT. Now is the time to take (and retake) the most recent 20 Actual Official LSAT Preptests (Tests 63-83). They are the best source for what you are likely to see on the LSAT. Those tests are in ten Actual Official LSAT Preptests Volume V and Volume VI.

2—Growth Mindset

Having a growth mindset going into the test is critical. Sure, some of our students have gotten every question right, but you don’t need to get them all right to attend a great law school. Give yourself permission to miss questions and accept it as part of a larger learning process. Every test you take is a chance to find things you can learn from and see ways to continually improve. Look at why you picked the wrong answer and what makes the correct answer a better choice.

3—Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

The key to mastering the LSAT is making sure that you learn from all those practice tests. I always tell my students that any question they miss should be repeated at least three times. The first time you take a test you learn where you are at. The next three times you take a test you learn how to get better.

4—Take care of yourself

Making sure your brain is in an optimal state is a major aspect of test preparation. Sleep, diet, and exercise can affect mental processing speeds by 30 percent or more — that can make a huge difference on test day. Be sure to get outside and exercise every day. Try to get eight hours of sleep each night. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of liquids. Take care of your brain and it will perform better.


You are almost certain to experience some elevated emotional states on test day. The LSAT is kind of a big deal and you want to do your best. That can be a great thing if you use it to your advantage. The excitement that you feel on test day can be channeled into better focus and thinking; or, it becomes a stress response that has the opposite effect. Spending time during your study to practice mindfulness can help make sure that you respond to the situation in a way that enhances rather than diminishes performance.


Tips provided by Brent Dunn from ACE Test Preparation

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