Thou Shalt Not Rush

Students tend to make the LSAT a lot harder than it actually is, but a little basic wisdom can dramatically simplify things. Over the next two weeks, I'll publish my "Intentionally Blasphemous Ten Commandments." Commandment One: Thou Shalt Not Rush.

The biggest mistake most students make on the LSAT is trying to go way too damn fast. Each section has 22-27 questions, with a 35-minute time limit. You do not need to finish the sections in order to get a good score. As a matter of fact, most students (except those already scoring 165+) will hurt their score if they do try to finish. The earlier questions in each section are much easier than the later questions in each section. So if you try to rush, you are guaranteed to make silly mistakes on the earlier, easier questions. And the only upside is saving a few minutes to use on the later, harder questions, which are missable even with unlimited time! Go ahead and guess at the end of each section. You'll still get one out of five right! Slow down, and invest your time making sure you get the earlier, easier questions right. A score of 160 is easily attainable without ever attempting the last five questions in each section. So if you're not already at 160, why the hell are you trying to finish the sections? Speed comes from accuracy. Not the other way around. If you slow down, and concentrate on getting them right, your mastery of the test will grow. And from mastery, you'll actually end up going faster. If you rush, you'll never improve.

Excerpted from Introducing the LSAT... available on Amazon!