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How to Get a Perfect LSAT Score
Well, this is how I got my perfect LSAT score (s! Three of them. But who’s counting?*). It will provide you a framework for understanding how a person can get a great LSAT score, and will tell you with some specificity what you should do to earn your own perfect (or maybe just really, really good) score on the test.
LET’S DO THIS.
- Be really smart. There’s no getting around this one, so I figured I’d just lead with it. Awesome LSAT scores aren’t just there for the taking. In our course, we really can teach anyone—I’m not kidding, for real, anyone—how to get a very good LSAT score (think 160+. The kind of score that can get you into law school). And if you’re reasonably intelligent and highly motivated, we can absolutely help you get into the 170s. But a perfect score? Well, that’s just not for dummies. It’s not even for the average student, or the reasonably intelligent. To touch the very topmost part of this scale, you simply do have to be a smart cookie. So, if you’re reading this and you aren’t very, very clever… Well, I have mixed news: first, I can show you how to get a good score. Like, top-10% score or more. You can do that! But if you’re not already one of the sharpest knives in the drawer, you won’t get a perfect (or near-perfect) score. I mean, if it was easy, more people would do it, right? Right.
- Understand the LSAT. This is totally distinct from “do lots of practice tests.” Doing lots of practice tests is a dull tool. If you do lots and lots and lots of practice tests, eventually you’ll improve (because you’re a smart cookie!), but it’s just such an inefficient way to improve. Ugh. It’s like trying to shoot with Steph Curry’s accuracy by playing lots and lots and lots of pickup basketball games. You don’t learn to shoot during a basketball game. You learn to shoot in isolation, by understanding what makes a shot go in the basket; why your shots aren’t going in the basket; and how to change your shot to make it the kind of shot that goes in the basket. This is like that. You need to understand what the LSAT wants from you. If you know what it wants, then you can supply that on test day and achieve an awesome score.
- Seriously, think about what you’re doing in practice. I know I’m saying the same thing twice, but it’s because (A) it’s so important. I mean, it’s the whole enchilada. Your success—especially at the very top level—depends on it; and (B) lots of people just don’t quite hear it (at least at first). Maybe if I use another example? My kids got some Lego sets for Christmas (plastic. Ugh). And I ended up putting together some significant portion of said Lego sets. I noticed something as I worked on the Lego Elves dragon’s right leg; I didn’t know how to put it together. Now, this was only disconcerting in that I had just finished building the damn left leg. I mean, the two legs were identical. Legos aren’t, you know, rocket science. I had just finished doing the left one! Why couldn’t I just do that again?! And this is the thing: I couldn’t do it again because I hadn’t learned how to do it. I just followed the directions, without thinking much at all about what I was doing. If I had done the left leg while trying to understand how the leg fit together, then I could have applied that understanding to the right leg, too. But I hadn’t, so I couldn’t, and that’s what I’m trying to tell you is the difference between doing practice tests and understanding the LSAT.
- Use this framework for learning to understand the test, so you can achieve that high LSAT score:
- To make sure that you completely understand why every correct answer is correct, think of the answer choices as engaged in a conversation with the question. Do you know what the question wants? Do you see how the right choice supplies it? Then you understand it. Not quite sure? You’re not there yet! Don’t leave the question (or leave it, but make sure you come back to nail it down). No half-assery will do! I'm always hanging around the Forum if you need help, but you have to totally get the reasons for right answers.
- Make sure you can articulate the weaknesses of any bad answer choices you fell for. Write it down. You want to understand why the choice was bad, and also why you found a bad choice attractive. Again, I can help if you're stuck, but you need to really understand within your own head what happened so you don’t do it again.
- Finally, maybe it’ll help if you can think of it this way: If you had to teach someone else how to answer the question, what would you say?
- While you're taking a practice test, use your pencil to make a box around the question number for every question that you're not 100% on. It’s fine and good and no cause for concern if you end up with boxes around literally half the test. Just take time to mark every instance where you're not sure. Then, when you do your review, concentrate on confirming all the right answers to those boxed questions - you made a lot of good choices: Why? - and on getting a deep understanding of where you went wrong. You'll need to know why every right answer is right if you want to repeat good performances and eliminate bad ones.
- Review everything (well, almost everything, anyway): Couple review of the questions you had marked with a complete review of any questions that you missed and yet didn't mark (i.e., the ones you thought you were 100% sure of), and you'll have a comprehensive overlook of your areas of weakness, so you can systematically eradicate those weaknesses.
And that’s how I earned my three (but really, who’s counting*) perfect LSAT scores. You do those things, you’ll be on your way. You need help? Let me know. I can help.
And, if you want to save a little cash and enroll in our course, use this discount code at checkout: UGHPLASTIC and you’ll save 10% off your enrollment in any Velocity course! That code will work for the next week (or until my next blog post, when I’ll introduce a new coupon code of some variety).
*Me, obviously. I am counting.