After taking the December LSAT, the hardest part (I’m sure every test-taker will agree) is the seeming perpetual waiting for scores.
This year, the LSAC is not expected to release the December scores until January 4th. How does one wait a little over a month to know whether or not the scores are great- or good enough to get into prospective law schools?
I have seen on multiple LSAT memes that it is essential to “take a shot” every few minutes; however, regardless of how tempting this may sound, no one can do this all month. After burning the LSAT books, though, there may be ways to help get through the remainder of December.
I’ve tried to think of a list of things to do to take my mind off of my score; hopefully these work for all anxious LSAT-takers.
Finish the semester strong
- GPA is a major part of acceptance to law school, so finish strong despite being mentally drained
- Succeeding (or surviving) in the sea of papers, projects, and presentations will give a boost of confidence
Enjoy the break!
- Most colleges have a few weeks off, a “Winter break” for students
- It’s important to decompress and recharge for the next semester, as well as take a break after piling your brain with LSAT stress
- Make the most of time with friends and family; this helps to relieve stress and add to overall well-being
- Eat a little too much; it’s easy to get malnourished when studying all the time
Stay busy when necessary
- Spend more time getting in shape (after eating too much)
- Go Christmas shopping with friends for fun (or whatever your form of therapy is)
- I’ll be busy planning my wedding that is scheduled 3 months from now- but I do not advise this for anyone hoping to remain sane
If you haven’t finished applying…
- Finalize applications, making sure they are perfect
- Refine personal statements and essays so that they accurately and appropriately reflect you and your intentions
- Be sure to get the applications in on time- or early- this may help for scholarship opportunities
Luckily, the holidays offer a lot to do in order to keep busy. Focus on family, friends, food, and some fun, and every LSAT taker expecting scores should get through the month successfully. Enjoy life while you can… January, and all that it brings, is just around the corner.
All students who take the LSAT usually prepare by purchasing several test-prep books. I have found though, that not all prep materials are created equal.
I assumed that the books administered by the LSAC would be the most beneficial when studying, considering that this is the organization that actually creates the test. Although everyone’s experience is different, I found that The Official LSAT Handbook, created by the LSAC, to be helpful yet tedious. When the handbook is nearly as superfluous and at times confusing as the test, is it worth the read?
The Princeton Review’s LSAT study aid: Cracking the LSAT proved to be the most worthwhile for me. I found that this particular edition (2012) more carefully explained the rules of arduous logic and analytical games and time-consuming reading comprehension questions.
The book also offers techniques and clever tricks to understand the ways in which the LSAT is constructed. The LSAC purposefully makes the test impossible to earn a perfect score given the allotted time; thus, one of the most useful methods is beating the time by looking for key words, the lack of certain phrases, or being able to make inferences given little information.
It is my understanding that Princeton review study guides are guaranteed to raise the scores of anyone taking tests such as the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, etc.; I would recommend Cracking the LSAT for those anticipating taking this difficult test.
Other helpful LSAT materials include:
Once Hurricane Sandy made its landfall, life has changed drastically for the northern area of the country regarding homes, businesses, and lives. Unfortunately, the storm continues to cause great challenges concerning technology and electricity. Because of Sandy’s ferocity, it seems that all national corporations have been affected in some way, including the Law School Admissions Council.
The October LSAT release date has been October 31st for quite some time now; however, generally the LSAC will release scores several days earlier than anticipated. Due to the hurricane this year, though, scores are expected to be released by early November, according to LSAT Blog via the LSAC.
Although this is frustrating for all of the LSAT takers such as myself, who have already anxiously waited three weeks for results, I can’t help but be humbled by the fact that I am merely waiting for test results while thousands of citizens are without power, energy, or technology- all while in the wake of destruction. My thoughts go out to all those who are affected by this disaster, and events such as this prove how miniscule the seemingly large obstacles really are.