Episode 26: What Should I Do If My LSAT Practice Scores are Dropping?

In this week’s podcast, we answer some great questions from listeners, including:

  1. The LSAT is coming up soon and I’ve had a last-minute drop in my practice scores. What should I do?
  2. I have a 153 on my official LSAT record. I’ve been scoring in the low 160s on my practice tests, and want to score at least a 165 on the next LSAT (which I’ve hit before) for a scholarship offer. Should I take the next two LSAT tests offered? Or focus on the further one to better my score?
  3. Given the drop of applicants to law school (and schools needing to fill seats), should I apply for fall 2015 or fall of 2016 admission?
  4. Why is the February LSAT not disclosed and what does that mean?
  5. When should I sign up for the June LSAT?

Take a listen and let us know what you think.

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11 Comments


  1. Hey Ben and Nathan,

    Great episode! Like I commented before, I am taking the June LSAT but I am going to take your advice and sit in for one of Ben’s proctored practice tests. I will be in DC during late April and May so I am going to aim for that test to be as ‘real’ as the official. So excited to meet you!

    Thanks again.

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  2. Is golden gate university school of law a reputible school. I got accepted their last year but I did not attend. Is the cost justifiable being in san franscico, along with the cost of tuition? I am trying to take the LSAT in June and improve my 140 score. Thank You.

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    1. Hi Musa, thanks for your question! In my opinion, absolutely yes, GGU Law is a reputable school. I have dozens of former LSAT students who have attended Golden Gate, and I’ve never heard anything but good feedback from them about their experiences there. Of course, this should be considered a regional, not national, school: it has a strong local network of alumni and other connections, but a degree from GGU probably doesn’t travel too well outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.

      As far as your 140 is concerned, I personally would never advise anybody to attend law school with less than a 150. If you study hard, but can’t break 150, then I would anticipate that you are going to have an very hard time in law school and a nightmare on the bar exam. Plus, if you boost your score to a 150, you might attract some scholarship dollars.

      Thanks for listening, and thanks for writing in!

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  3. Hi guys,

    I have been listening to your podcast for about a month. I really enjoy it and have learned a lot about the LSAT process.

    I have a couple of questions that I hope you can help me answer and understand. Currently, I work full time as an immigration paralegal and have found a hard time studying after exhausting days of work. Would studying for only an hour a day be effective in raising my score (which is currently at 150). I also plan to take the June LSAT and the September LSAT if I’m not satisfied with my score.

    My GPA is not very good at a 2.7. I did not understand college very well, but had a great upward trend in my last 2 years. Will I still be able to get into a good law school if I score a 160 on the LSAT? I know you guys recommend to never have specific score goals, but I feel having a high score is the only way for me to get into a good law school.

    I love the podcast and I listen to it everyday while I work. I appreciate any advice.

    Thanks,
    Chelsea

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    1. Hi Chelsea,

      Thanks for listening. I’m glad it’s helpful.

      Many people preparing for the test are in a similar situation. They work all day, and don’t have much time to study afterwards. They’ll often put in an hour after work and then do more on the weekends. Everyone’s schedule is different, but that’s one way to put in more time. Even if you can’t study on the weekends, a good hour of studying every day can help, especially if you stay focused.

      The fact that your GPA went up is important. Although schools will look at your overall GPA, they are also interested in your GPA trend. Who you are now, which is better reflected in your last years than your first, is way more important than you who were. In short, you can still get into a good law school if you hit 160. And even if you don’t, I wouldn’t throw in the towel.

      I’m not opposed to setting score goals. You just have to remember that specific goals, such as 160 or 165, are a little arbitrary. I think it’s easier to shoot for a range of scores. In your case, it sounds like you’re shooting for high-150s to low-160s. Once you get there, if you still have time, you’ll likely adjust that up to the mid-160s.

      Keep us posted!
      Ben

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  4. Hey,

    Two questions. My PT scores are either stagnant to dropping and it is quite discouraging.

    I have learned a lot and I can see the effects of what I have learned on my blind review but I can’t see the effects on my timed PT. My untimed LR score is within ~5 – 3 and LG score within ~0 – 3. While the timed test between scores for LR score is within ~5 – 10 and LG score is within ~5 – 8.

    My RC scores are completely terrible, ~10 – 17.

    Q1. Is the score difference between timed and untimed sections normal?

    Q2. Any advice for the RC section?

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    1. 1) Yes, most people do better untimed than timed. This indicates that you can figure out the questions and generally understand what’s being asked. But you don’t have enough ways to get to the correct answer efficiently, that’s why you can’t do it fast enough. Keep grinding! Focus only on accuracy, not speed. Thoroughly review each of your mistakes, and figure out not only why the right answer is right, but also a) why the wrong answer is wrong, b) why you picked that wrong answer, and c) why you didn’t pick the right answer. And remember: The best way to go fast is to predict the answer before looking at the answer choices.

      2) Slow down. Try for three RC passages with perfect accuracy. If you can do that, you’ll only be at -6 or -7. RC questions are almost all Must Be True questions, and the answers are located in the passages. It’s much easier than you think. Sounds like you’re skimming the surface and not really understanding the passages / not predicting the answers. You’re doing it the hard way.

      Lots more advice on the show! Thanks for listening.

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  5. Hey Nathan, I took your advice and slowed down to understand the passages but my scores got worse. I’m panicking. Any idea what I should do now?

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