• Ben Olson

Ep. 282: The LSAT Is So Aesthetic

In the wake of the January LSAT-Flex, there are winners and…not so winners. Nathan and Ben field some questions from folks who got shook by the January test. From nightmare ProctorU experiences to “harder-than-usual” sections, folks are wondering if they need to re-take. The guys also help someone who’s caught in a morass of LSAC GPA finagling, they offer some negotiation advice to a student who’s been accepted to their no. 1 school, and they help an ultra-marathoner decide how to work his accomplishment into a personal statement. Plus, Ben and Nathan take a look at another Excuse of the Week, and introduce another segment: Sh*t that Kids Say Wrong.

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02.03.2021 – Brace yerselves, January LSAT-Flex scores are released

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7:15 – Bombing the LSAT Flex

D’s sulking after having a less-than-awesome experience sitting for the January LSAT-Flex. He’s pretty sure he didn’t do so great and the test felt way effing harder than in any of the practice tests he’s been crushing. Not only that, but connecting to ProctorU was a huge ass-ache 30-minute waiting game that rattled our dear friend, D. Now D wants to know if he should just escape the headache and wait for an in-person test to retake. The guys point out that ProctorU is notorious for their waiting times and it really shouldn’t affect your game. Plus, they recommend that D dive into more than the 10 tests he’s been studying with—or better yet, check out the LSAT Demon Free Trial. They also suggest that D plan to take the LSAT-Flex again whenever he feels ready, because in-person tests are not even a glimmer in LSAC’s eye just yet.

18:09 – RC Woes, Time to Re-Test?

F also had a tough time in January and didn’t get the score they think they’re capable of. That’s OK, F! You get five cracks at the LSAT and you should have NO shame in taking every one of those five it that’s what it takes to get your best score. F’s found the RC section to be the most challenging and asks the guys their best advice for improvement. Ben and Nathan agree that the key to RC is slowing down and making sure you understand the passage from the sentence level up. Sometimes these passages have confusing language, arguments, or topics, and if you find yourself tuning out or losing focus, double down. Unpack a sentence. Unpack a clause within that sentence. Whatever you do, make sure you understand what’s happening before moving on.

26:18 – LSAC GPA Conundrum

Anon is having a hell of a time with their LSAC GPA. In high school they took some AP classes, the credit for which transferred to Anon’s first college. Part of the way through college they transferred to another school that didn’t accept all of their credits. Depending on how the credits are counted, Anon’s GPA could be calculated downward by a few points. Not so good. Now, Anon is having a hard time explaining this all to LSAC and having their LSAC GPA calculated the correct way. Nathan and Ben suggest that there’s always a GPA addendum Anon could write as a last resort, but they also recommend a course of action with LSAC—tune in to learn more.

39:43 – Negotiating Once You’ve Been Accepted

Sophie’s been accepted to some fine law schools, but she’s waiting to hear about what kind of financial aid she can expect from these distinguished institutions. She even got a personal phone call from the dean who expressed excitement that she might be coming (read: spen