• Ben Olson

Episode 107: Call it PrepTest 82

You guys. This is it! Tomorrow is the September 2017 LSAT. Are you ready?! Before you get too far into this episode: if you’re looking for some last-minute tips for test day, we’d like to redirect your attention to episode 97. The guys have already bestowed many sweet pearls o’ wisdom to help rid you of pre-test jitters. Nate wants to remind you that this LSAT is just PrepTest 82. Plus, Ben gives the age old (and science-y) advice: before you do anything rash, dear listeners, just take a deep breath.


08:10 – Email 1—Brett, the Naval intelligence officer, is 30 years old. He has a baby on the way (congrats!). And, you guessed it, he wants to go to law school. Because of the GI bill, Brett anticipates that his tuition costs will be covered. He’s wondering if merit scholarships can be used for living expenses rather than tuition. He also asks whether he should let law schools know that his GPA for his major at the Naval Academy was 3.8, while his overall GPA was 3.33. Lastly, with two years before he is eligible to leave the Navy for law school, Brett wants to know how early is too early to start prepping for the LSAT. The guys opine.


19:14 – Email 2—A-Stranger-No-More scored a 151 on their LSAT diagnostic. And they have their sights set on a Boston area school. With a 3.5 GPA and a shit-ton of self-doubt, Stranger-No-More wants to know if they are a fool on multiple counts to hope that they can get into their target schools and also be spared the prospect of horrendous debt. The guys weigh in with a ton of good news. By prepping in the right way, it’s not uncommon to move 10 and even 15 or 20 points, which can put you well within reach of your target schools, and a lot more scholarship dollars.


34:42 – Email 3—Sam’s subject line reads: What the Fuck am I Doing This For? He’s been beating himself up for his June score of 151. His practice scores are in the high 150’s and low 160’s, and according to him, he’s gonna drop the pursuit of law school altogether if he gets one more “shitty” score. He wants to know—will his dreams of working for a nonprofit helping marginalized communities die in law school? Nathan and Ben give Sam a sense of where he is “in the pack” with a low-160 score, and give him the best pro tip of all: chill out.


52:02 – Email 4—Imagine signing up for a LSAT prep course only to have it cancelled two weeks before you were set to take it. Bummer, right? Well that’s just what happened to Ben (Ben who wrote in, not Ben, the co-host of Thinking LSAT). By self-prepping rather inconsistently, Ben went on to score consecutive 149s over the past year. Wanting to eke out some more points, he turned to Nathan’s free online LSAT course (Ben has one, too), which has helped him improve his practice scores. He’s planning to take the September ’17 LSAT, and the December test as well. Ben wants to know: is four times too many to take the test? And should he mention his lower scores in a personal statement? Tune in to hear what Ben and Nathan have to say. Plus, the guys speculate as to why Ben is scoring in the high 140s when his PTs are in the mid-high 150s. They share some helpful tips how to perform in your range (rather than drop in performance) on test day.


01:04:40 – Email 5—Elizabeth is an avid listener of the podcast and has seen her test scores go from the 140’s to the 160’s. Dang. Way to go, Elizabeth! See, dear listeners? Amazing progress is absolutely possible. As long as you do exactly as we say. Elizabeth is finding that she’s missing a total of 5 in LR on average, and is doing well in the games, but is losing big when it comes to RC, with an average of 12 misses. She correctly correlates the LR skillset with what should be a strength in RC. Nathan and Ben go deep on how to approach RC.


Don’t forget to try Ben’s free LSAT lesson and Nathan’s free online LSAT course. If you’re prepping for December and beyond, check out Ben’s 100-Hour Online LSAT Course and Nathan’s Fox LSAT On Demand.


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