Episode 97: Last minute advice for the June 2017 LSAT

00:02:05 – The biggest message is: You’ve either put in the work or not. “The hay is in the barn.”

00:03:36 – Don’t get caught up in “small sample” glitches—it’s more about the last 5 PTs

00:06:40 – Good lawyers never feel prepared.

00:08:33 – Go see Wonder Woman (or any movie) the night before!

00:12:05 – Don’t go to bed early the night before, and other sleeping tips.

00:16:23 – Shut it down. No more studying. Just get in a happy focused place.

00:17:06 – Exercise, walking, etc. It’s important!

00:19:06 – You will have a bell curve of potential outcomes. Prep moves the curve forward. Try to hit the middle or above of your personal bell curve—be the best “you’ you can be.

00:23:43 – This is PrepTest 81.

00:24:53 – You can have your best performance the day of the test (it’s not true that you’ll do worse on the day of.)

00:27:54 – Don’t try to score 10 points higher than you have before.

00:31:05 – If you haven’t taken a practice test before, consider withdrawing! (You’ve either done the work, or you haven’t.)

00:32:25 – Take the entire test day for you—funny stories about wild test day antics (don’t plan a college reunion the same day…)

00:42:58 – The Day of the Test; who has the most pencils?

00:43:53 – Become an observer, not a participant. Everyone there is less prepared than you are.

00:46:38 – Funny stories about test day.

00:56:56 – At any given moment, your one and only job is to focus on the question you’re working on.

00:58:29 – When they call 5 minutes, don’t speed up. Never speed up. Just go one at a time (and other last-5-minute tips.)

01:02:42 – Anticipate and embrace bad things before you even get to the test.

01:04:48 – In poker (and golf) you have to be willing to make embarrassingly bad mistakes in order to be excellent.

01:06:34 – What are some actual bad things that can happen on the LSAT?

01:08:59 – Haters of reading comp: Your test will probably have RC for sections 1 and 2. Expect it.

01:10:43 – People complain about “bad” everything. Embrace the bad stuff—that’ll be your differentiator.

01:12:42 – What to do if you get unusual games? (They’re not as hard as you think) — plan on that!

01:14:44 – Last-minute tips for each section type: What’s your plan on each section? Bullet points for RC, logical reasoning, and logic games.

Good luck all!



  1. I didn’t take this LSAT (next June I will!) but I loved hearing your exam day horror stories. I wanted to share the worst exam story I’ve heard which is the morning that my mom went to take the MCAT her roommate had some sort of horrible accident which included paramedics coming to their home and a bathroom covered in blood. I feel like as long as that doesn’t happen, LSAT day will be a-okay.


    1. Yes, bloodless test days sound good now. Why not take the test sooner?! You’re already a listener, which means you now know more than most people who just took the test yesterday. 🙂


      1. Hi Ben. To be honest, I don’t really know. I’m going in to my junior year now and I just know that the June before you apply is the normal time to take it. I have been studying pretty hard for about a month and I’ve improved my score from a 162 to a 167, but I just don’t know if that’s about my max or if with more studying I could do a bit better. I’d love to email you to talk about it, but I don’t want to waste your time either w/o paying you!! Just let me know if it would be okay to ask for some more advice over email and maybe we could talk about appropriate LSAT timing? Thanks!


        1. Your LSAT score will be good for 3-5 years after you take it, so there’s no reason not to take it as a sophomore if you’re ready. Most people improve by 10 points or more, so 170 is definitely in the ballpark for you before September.


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