One of the biggest questions you will ask yourself as you prepare for law school is when you should take the LSATs. This is a question that many people struggle with because there has never been a definite answer to it.
Different people hold different philosophies and values on the matter. We believe the following are the factors that will determine when the best time to take your LSAT is. The first is by reevaluating your priorities; specifically school versus score. The second is through the 50% rule.
School vs Score
Whoever you may be, there is always one thing that you will prioritize over another; the same goes for your LSATs. The two main elements you will find yourself having to choose between are school and score.
School refers to the school that you want to go to and what they demand as the minimum LSAT score. The school’s requirements will guide your desired LSAT score, and so you will only take the test when you are sure that you can meet the required score.
People who prioritize school have an easier time because their goals are clearly outlined. You would simply run a diagnostic of the school that you want to find out what score you need to get into that school. Then you can set your target score, partner with a tutor, and start working. You will only take the test when you are sure you can meet the minimum score to get you into that school.
Score refers to the score you get; it determines what school you get into. People who prioritize score often set a timeline to take the LSAT, and the score that they get determines the school they get into.
Though many people take on this method, it is not recommended because the school you get into could determine your future. Law school is an investment, if you have a high score, you will get into the right school, which almost guarantees excellent employment opportunities in the future. You would have a better chance of evaluating the right law school and working towards their minimum score or more.
The 50% Rule
The 50% rule is a general rule that will guide you into taking your LSATs. It states that when you first get the score that you want on a practice test, then you are 50% on the way to being able to walk into the real test and count on getting that score.
Test day is unlike a practice test, it is more nerve-wracking, creates anxiety, and you may not be able to think straight. Therefore, you need to ensure that when you walk into the test with your nerves on edge, you will be able to count on yourself despite the anxiety to get the score you want.
Therefore, if it takes you one month to get the score you want on your practice test, take one more month of work to perfect this score. If it takes two months, give yourself two months and so on. With the regulations preventing outdoor activities, invest your time in preparing for the LSATs and getting a good score.
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