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Ace the LSAT
If you want to do well on the LSAT, you should study hard, practice on sample tests -- and get some sleep!
If you want to do well on the LSAT, you should study hard, practice on sample tests -- and get some sleep!
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Doing well on the LSAT is just like getting to Carnegie Hall: You need to practice, practice, practice. The test is designed to measure skills essential for success in law school: the ability to think critically, comprehend complex texts, analyze facts and make reasonable conclusions, and evaluate the opinions of others objectively.

Familiarize yourself with test directions and question types, practice on sample tests, and study information on test-taking techniques [source: LSAC]. The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) offers publications with sample tests, guides to LSAT logic and answer explanations. Several companies also offer prep programs to help you hone the skills needed to perform well.

Prepare yourself the day of the test by getting a good night's sleep beforehand, dressing comfortably and eating a protein-packed breakfast.

You'll receive your score in about three weeks. The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180. The average score is 160, but it takes a much better score to get into the top schools. At Harvard, scores in the 25th to 75th percentile range from 170 to 175. (That means 25 percent of accepted students have scores over 175 and only 25 percent have scores below 170.) Even if your score isn't in the top percentile, there are many excellent top schools to choose from. Don't despair.

Sometimes test takers wonder if their score will improve by retaking it; while scores usually improve slightly, most law schools look at an average of scores, so do well the first time [source: LSAC].


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