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Raising the LSAT score for Entrance into Law School

written by: Tia Ahmed•edited by: Amanda Grove•updated: 6/29/2010

If you are searching for some of the best ways to raise your LSAT score, then look no further. This article includes some of the better ways of tackling the LSAT preparation and could also lead to a cheaper and more effective way to raise your score.

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    Law School Admission Test or LSAT

    The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) score is crucial for a potential law student and many students repeatedly search how to raise LSAT scores when preparing for the actual exam throughout the web, but most results include the same type of answers. The common answer is practice. The LSAT doesn't measure a student's capacity to memorize. The test measures a student's ability to critically think, analyze, and quickly interpret and report.

    Unlike the SAT or ACT, that one can take during high school or secondary school, the LSAT is a test that is devoted to logic games, analytical thinking, and logical reasoning instead of academic subject matter, such as mathematical skills. The scores range from 120 to 180 with the range 150-155 being the average. Most top law schools require at least a score of 170. This score is especially important if the student's GPA is not exceptional, but beware each institute has different standards regardless of national ranking.

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    How to Raise LSAT Score for Free

    So now that the importance of the LSAT score has been made clear, what resources are available for potential law students on how to raise their LSAT score? The first thing one should avoid is paying too much for practice. Although there are some amazing practice books out there, try to understand that many books by Princeton Review or Barron's do not use former LSAT questions and instead use their own questions. While the questions are said to be similar, they are mere guesses to what questions actually look like on the test itself. One of the most important things to do is to practice as much and as often as you can. Practice, by this article's definition, means to take as many practice exams as you possibly can and time yourself.

    The format of the LSAT has four components, logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension questions and all sections are timed. The test is divided into four 35 minute sections with an extra 35 minutes or more for an experimental section that is not scored. The best way to get familiar with the test format is to visit the LSAC (Law School Admission Council) official LSAT website, which is required for registering as well. The website provides up to date preparation tips and also the most important resource of all, the former LSAT tests.

    The former LSAT tests gives the students the best idea of the format, types of questions, and how much preparation one must partake in for the best possible score. The website provides accurate statistics and explanation of scores than most of the practice book, such as Princeton Review, can provide. Simply go to their website (http://www.lsac.org/) and look for the download section for their free materials. Remember, this is the most helpful and free form of practice available for the LSAT.

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    LSAT scores are crucial for any Law School applicant and as such they must prepare to get as high of a score as possible. Use this strategic advice to your advantage. Tips such as pacing oneself are dire to a raising LSAT scores, and one of the many listed here.
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    Tips and Strategic Advice

    Other resources that help in raising LSAT scores include prep courses, community learning centers offered at local colleges, online LSAT practice courses and tests, etc. Although these methods do not always work for everyone, many learn self disciplinary tips, if not a better sore on the LSAT test. For example, timing oneself on questions and which questions to skip or come back to later are skills that can be honed through practice.

    Time is very important so one of the tips is to always practice under the time limits. For instance, instead of timing a section for 35 minutes, time it for 30 minutes. This type of method will increase thought processes, which can be used to tackle questions that require extra time to answer.

    Another very important skill is to logically skim through passages. There is a difference between skimming for answers and skimming for logical reasoning. Logical skim reading requires a little extra time and effort. Do not read the question first. If you read the question first you create the first constraint for your logical reasoning, you must follow the logical constraints in the passage before applying the constraints found in the question. Logically skimming saves time, but you must be very careful not to use this method throughout the test.

    The last advice is to integrate college class work time and LSAT study time. You don't have to do full sets of LSAT practice tests every day, in fact that is counterproductive. Try to do ten questions from each section every other day. You don't need to create extra stress for yourself; relax and repeat questions you have missed.

    Missing a question doesn't mean you are not smart enough for law school, missing a question simply means you have not understood what the question is asking. Never look at the explanations of the questions, unless you absolutely cannot figure out what you did wrong. The reason behind repeating problems is to try and figure out how to solve the problem on your own, that way you are better prepared for the LSAT.

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    Other Factors on How to Raise LSAT Score

    Contact your college or career adviser and ask them for their advice on any concerns you have. Resources that help in raising LSAT scores are often found in the most unusual of places, but always remember, just because something says they are official does not mean they are authentic. Avoid having to pay rigorous fees for online or campus classes and instead find an online group who has devoted themselves to studying for the LSAT. Learn by yourself or with others and with newer technology you might be able to find Apple Apps that feature LSAT practice questions for free if you looked hard enough.

    Practice takes a lot of time, so make sure you begin your training as soon as possible. Many students give themselves a whole year devoted to studying for the LSAT. Pacing yourself is very important. No one wants to wait until the last minute since that will create a lot of stress; however, note that every student has a different way of tackling the LSAT.