Andy followed the 4 month study plan, and improved his score from 154 to 169 on a retake
Andy’s LSAT Diary:
When test day came, I was filled with adrenaline. My thought going in is that I had to have studied harder than some of the test takers today.
In the end, I scored a 169- 15 points higher than my first official LSAT.
I will admit it. I was one of those slackers that don’t seem to put much effort in studying and still manage to pull through exams without many scrapes or bruises. Seeing how well I did on all the standardized testing in my life, I thought the LSAT would be no different. I worked with a few practice tests a couple weeks before my test date. Although the score range on my practice tests were particularly large, I decided to go through with it. To say the very least, it was not my best performance. After I received my test score in my email, I banged my head on the wall. Twice, to make sure that it hurt.
Following that fiasco, I decided to retake the exam with better preparation. While looking for test tips online, I came across LSAT Unplugged. Comparing it with all the other options out there, I decided it was right for me. I followed Steve’s 4-month day-by-day LSAT study schedule because of my full time job and community service obligations. The first 2 weeks took some adjustment finding time to study, and most of it occurred during my 2-hour commute on public transportation. Transitioning into timed practice tests became a greater difficulty with schedule restraints. Most of the full prep tests happened on the weekend and some on the weekday with nearly daily review.
When test day came, I was filled with adrenaline. My thought going in is that I had to have studied harder than some of the test takers today. In the end, I scored a 169- 15 points higher than my first official LSAT.
I picked up a few things from going through this experience in prepping:
For my first initial preptests, I was flabbergasted behind some of the reasoning for the correct answers. On rare occasions, I would spend up to an hour thinking of why B was right over A until I got it. It almost didn’t seem worth it. I revised my strategy for reviewing, circling the questions I really didn’t understand and coming back to them after a nap or a nice run. Mental breaks from problems allowed me to approach the question again from another perspective; whereas without it, I was still stuck in a particular train of thought.
I mainly studied on a small, cheap IKEA desk in my room. It was flimsy, bothersome, and pretty similar to my testday conditions. Because I was used to tiny desks normally, I didn’t have to fiddle around like the other test takers around me to adjust on test day.
It can really help to ease the nerves, especially approaching test day. Talking to people before the exam helped, it made me realize we were all nervous people ready to get this over. It also made me realize that quite a number of people were retaking and that it was a-okay.