« on: February 08, 2005, 11:43:15 AM »
Just wanted to give some advice, from someone who's written twice -- had a horrible day of the first time, and a good one the second time.
First off, if anyone has trouble sleeping and anxiety issues, speak to a doctor. They can help you (I took a muscle relaxer the night before the test). Don't just decide to take sleeping pills on your own, but do speak to a doctor if you think it will be a serious issue. I got two hours sleep before my first writing, and it showed. Second time I had a great sleep and got 170.
Morning of, I strongly recommend a few things:
1.) Get exercise. I had to write out of town, but if I'd been local I would have gone to the gym before writing. Instead, I went for a two mile run and did 100 pushups and situps before showering and having breakfast. It's really important.
2.) Take a 'mini lsat'. What I did was one game, one RC passage and 7 LR questions. I also cherry picked them, choosing a game that was straight forward and easy, an RC passage about something I enjoy and LR questions from the start of the test. Not only did it help me get my mind working, but it also gave me a lot of confidence going into the test having just written about 1/4 of an LSAT without getting a question wrong.
3.) Have a nutritious breakfast. This is critical. Don't just pop in at McDs or something. Have some eggs, OJ, something healthy.
4.) Listen to music rather than talking to people. You need to realize that the vast majority of people writing with you are going to do worse than you. Talking to them will just frazzle your nerves. Grab a CD that either inspires you or calms you down and listen to it before the test and at break. Do not talk to anyone.
Besides that, Pookie's advice is solid, if a little over-anxious. I would strongly recommend writing practice tests at 9am Wednesday-Friday. Getting used to think at that time is important.
Basides that, good luck to all.