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LSAT Preparation => Studying for the LSAT => Topic started by: wiretin on May 15, 2006, 09:39:23 PM

Title: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: wiretin on May 15, 2006, 09:39:23 PM
I just registered for the June 12 LSAT a couple of days ago. I assumed a month would be plenty of time to prepare. After reading a few posts, it see that many of you have been studying for months. I suppose the amout of prep required varies with the ability/goals of each individual, but I am still curious as to how many hours people are putting in. Also, do you feel that  after a certain amount of preparation, you "max out" your potential for improvement?
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: BARBARO on May 15, 2006, 09:59:38 PM
I'm taking the september test and I'm putting in 3-4 hours a day.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: Vick on May 15, 2006, 11:07:34 PM
I'm registered for the September LSAT.  I am spending 10-12 hrs/week until July.  After that, I hope to spend 20 hrs/week until September.  It should total well over 200 hours.
I'm not one of those people who's naturally gifted when it comes to standardized tests.  For me, this time commitment is required.     
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: Hank Rearden on May 15, 2006, 11:10:37 PM
Last week I tried taking a prep test every other day and intensely studying the prep test on the day between (I did that for five straight days), but I found that just too much, and I haven't done anything since Saturday (two days ago).  I've seen some people on this board talk about how they can study for 8 hours a day or some crazy *&^% like that, but for me it would just be too much.  From now on I think I'll do practice tests maybe three days a week and review them on maybe one day per week.  Also I can take more than one test per day to improve endurance; that might be a good idea.  
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: JoeGibbsRedskins on May 15, 2006, 11:28:35 PM
take the june test. Studying for months does not help. Most of the stuff u will forget if u study for months.

The people who get the best scores on the Lsats are usually people who take a prep class right before the test, do all the homework. And take as many prep test in a short period of time.

You basically max out if u study real hard for 2 weeks

Also most of the studying is useless.  The powerscore bible only helps for certain things. Like when i am taking a prep test i do almost none of the diagrams because it is harder to spot a diagram then it to solve a problem.

1. You can not study for reading comp. It is all focus. You got have your mind focused on the passage.

2. The logical reason study should not take more then 2 days. After u got the suf- nes down u can solve most problems

3. the only thing u need to learn how to do is the games. That should not take u too long. They are only a few ways that u can do games.

Study hard now and get it over with.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: JoeGibbsRedskins on May 15, 2006, 11:43:16 PM
Taking Sept 30th:

Monday       4 1/2  hours studing + 4 hour class
Tuesday      9 hours studying
Wednesday  4 hour class
Thursday     9 hours studying
Friday          9 hours studying
Saturday      4 hour class + 8 hours studying
Sunday        6 hours studying

Those hours include taking prep tests.


what are  u studying? That should be maybe for one week. But once u know how to set up the games there is nothing else to study. It just doing the prep test.

Reading comp is all focus. You know the questions they are going to ask u. No need to study that.

Logic reasoning is something once u get it gets easy.  And how many prep test are u going to take? I only know of 12 that are real ones.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: I am Penny Lane on May 16, 2006, 12:11:31 AM
You only know of 12 real tests?   There are 48 released tests.

Taking each test and reviewing the answers and redoing the wrong ones.

I am taking a class, that is 8 to 12 hours per week + 40ish pages of homework per lesson. Doing ALL of the homework, reviewing and redoing any questions I get wrong.

LR Bible + LG Bible + NOVA Book. Doing all of the work in each one of those until I obtain perfection.

Just because someone has a different method than you, it does not make the other person's method wrong. There are plenty of people on the site that are doing the exact same thing.

Right Vera?


Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: JoeGibbsRedskins on May 16, 2006, 10:26:46 AM
well in class they tell u to take it right after the course because the knowledge is fresh in your mind. Also the best time to take it is June because if something happens u can retake in september and cancel your scores right away, and no college student could focus studying in the summer anyways.

I guess it depends what u do. Right now i have no job and i can finish the booklets in a couple weeks. Someone with a job may need to study a few hrs every for a long time.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: I am Penny Lane on May 16, 2006, 11:25:15 AM
... and no college student could focus studying in the summer anyways.

I guess it depends what u do. Right now i have no job and i can finish the booklets in a couple weeks. Someone with a job may need to study a few hrs every for a long time.

I am a college student and I do just find studying. It's all about commitment. I also have a job. and when I am in school (minus LSAT work) I spend about 90 hours per week on school + work + studying.

Some people just have different priorities.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: dusya4 on May 17, 2006, 06:17:03 AM
I started studying in January, but I work full time and I'm getting a masters so the studying wasn't really intense all along. However, my score has been improving steadily over the entire period of time and I still don't feel like I maxed out.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: JayDee/P-Head on May 17, 2006, 07:00:54 AM
I'm in a similar boat.  I'm in a graduate program at a difficult university, and as such my time is often exhausted with school-related work.  That being said, the difficulty and amount of written material has greatly improved my reading abilities. 

Here's my strategy:

2 practice tests per week, taken in non-optimum conditions (a noisy, busy coffee shop with kids scurrying, people talking, etc.)  I'm doing this to train my ability to focus with outside noise and such.  I could keep taking my practice tests in the comfort of my own home, but I don't think that the testing center will be that quiet.

Of course, I only take the tests timed, as well.

On other days, I've been working on the LG Bible.  I'll be through with my first go-round of that in probably another week or so, when after that I'll be working on the LG Bible. 

Btw, I'll be taking the test in September too.  Personally, I'd be flipping out if I was taking the June test and hadn't started preparing yet.  Good luck.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: BARBARO on May 17, 2006, 07:34:24 AM
hi jaydee,
what are you scoring?
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: TrojanChispas on May 17, 2006, 08:10:02 AM
take the june test. Studying for months does not help. Most of the stuff u will forget if u study for months.

The people who get the best scores on the Lsats are usually people who take a prep class right before the test, do all the homework. And take as many prep test in a short period of time.

You basically max out if u study real hard for 2 weeks

Also most of the studying is useless.  The powerscore bible only helps for certain things. Like when i am taking a prep test i do almost none of the diagrams because it is harder to spot a diagram then it to solve a problem.

1. You can not study for reading comp. It is all focus. You got have your mind focused on the passage.

2. The logical reason study should not take more then 2 days. After u got the suf- nes down u can solve most problems

3. the only thing u need to learn how to do is the games. That should not take u too long. They are only a few ways that u can do games.

Study hard now and get it over with.

horrible advice


I studied for 4 months and saw marked and consistent improvement.  make sure to schedule breaks, or risk burnout.  I went from 157 to 170.

HTH
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: Kencade on May 17, 2006, 01:23:23 PM
Vera, I have a question.  With the prep course using so much of the actual LSAT material, if I do all the homework, won't I have already worked through most of the LSAT prep test material?  It is not without exception, of course, but right now I recognize questions (although not the answers) from when I prepped over a year ago, so I am pretty sure that I'll remember many of the LR and RC answers if I take a practice test after already covering the material in the prep course.  It would seem then that the practice tests would be slightly skewed. 

Along the same vein, how does someone study for a year without running out of practice tests?  I am almost finished with the LR Bible and I want to start taking some of the LR sections of practice tests to see if my score has improved in these sections from my study period a year ago but I am worried I will a) duplicate the material that Testmasters will be giving me to answer, b) run out of Full-length practice tests. 

How did you avoid this problem?  BTW, I am a non-traditional as well.  I appreciate any advice you have for me.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: wiretin on May 17, 2006, 05:54:26 PM
I'd like to thank everyone for their detailed responces. I'm thinking I may have left this too late. Is there a date beyond which I can't change the date and location of my registration? Say, if my practices tests are not up to par on June 1st, would that be to late to switch?
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: Miyabi on May 17, 2006, 07:14:40 PM
I'm currently taking about three tests a week timed. On the weekend I'll do one untimed for accuracy purposes, and so far it seems to work out OK. :D
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: JoeGibbsRedskins on May 17, 2006, 08:21:11 PM
3 weeks is enough.

study 10 hrs a day( if u do not have a job)

that = 70 a week


do it for a second week.

that is 70 more

and the third weak just do test. And  then u should be ready. And you will know if u are ready  by your score.

If you are studying for months , it just means less hrs per day for a longer time.

It depends what u want. If you want to  party right now, talk to girls and drink you should do the 3 months thing.

If u are a college student like me. And want to get a good score on the test so u can get it over with. You will study for 3 weeks and get it over with,

My powerscore professor said 3 weeks is enough if u do not have a job.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: TrojanChispas on May 17, 2006, 08:52:32 PM
3 weeks is enough.

study 10 hrs a day( if u do not have a job)

that = 70 a week


do it for a second week.

that is 70 more

and the third weak just do test. And  then u should be ready. And you will know if u are ready  by your score.

If you are studying for months , it just means less hrs per day for a longer time.

It depends what u want. If you want to  party right now, talk to girls and drink you should do the 3 months thing.

If u are a college student like me. And want to get a good score on the test so u can get it over with. You will study for 3 weeks and get it over with,

My powerscore professor said 3 weeks is enough if u do not have a job.

wrong, 3 weeks is not the magical time period where everyone tops out.  I studied for 4 months and saw improvement throughout.
Title: Re: How much time are you spending on preparation?
Post by: Balleeoka on May 17, 2006, 09:08:51 PM
Vera, I have a question.  With the prep course using so much of the actual LSAT material, if I do all the homework, won't I have already worked through most of the LSAT prep test material?  It is not without exception, of course, but right now I recognize questions (although not the answers) from when I prepped over a year ago, so I am pretty sure that I'll remember many of the LR and RC answers if I take a practice test after already covering the material in the prep course.  It would seem then that the practice tests would be slightly skewed. 

Along the same vein, how does someone study for a year without running out of practice tests?  I am almost finished with the LR Bible and I want to start taking some of the LR sections of practice tests to see if my score has improved in these sections from my study period a year ago but I am worried I will a) duplicate the material that Testmasters will be giving me to answer, b) run out of Full-length practice tests. 

How did you avoid this problem?  BTW, I am a non-traditional as well.  I appreciate any advice you have for me.

Kencade, I have the same issue you are having and Vera gave me some great advice. I will be following her six month study plan and just extending it. She said to split your prep tests as much as necessary (I'll be doing one very 2-3 weeks myself) and then you work through that test extremely intensively and any area that you are having some problems with you can review over. The one thing she did mention to me is that given my time frame I should just learn the LGB, LRB, and Nova books before I even attempt an LSAT.

While everything in her guide is great, the best part is where she breaks down every section and the different types of questions you may find (like inference questions, assumption questions etc) and shows you how you can figure out which answers are wrong and what the answer must address in order to be a valid one. I also particulary liked that after she broke down what some of the game types were she noted some of the hardest examples of that game type from past LSAT's.

I hope I didn't misquote her on anything! :) I would strongly reccomend you look into her study plan, it's amazing how detailed it is. Not to mention, at $16 it's a steal!