View Full Version : New to the LSAT - How long do I need to study?

03-11-2009, 01:42 PM
Hey everyone,

I am brand new to the world of the LSAT. I have an MBA and was previous thinking of going for my doctorate, but have had a change in heart over the last year. Now I am trying to sift through and figure out what I need to do for my LSAT.

How long will I need to study? Since it is March now, Should I register for a June date or wait till I have started studying first?

October seems really far away, but I am not sure how people study for the exam. I was recently laid off so I have 100% of my time to study. Though I am a historically bad test taker . . . Thoughts? I know the GMAT, but still getting my footing with the LSAT sections.

What do people think?

03-13-2009, 04:47 AM
Perhaps you could take an official practice test (http://www.amazon.com/Actual-Official-LSAT-PrepTests-Lsat/dp/0942639634), under timed conditions, and see how close you get to your target score. From what I've read at another forum (http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=6): if you're within 10-12 points of your target score, then 3 months of daily practice may be enough. If you're farther off, you may need some more time. Some folks on there insist that improvements of up to 25-30 points are possible for some people, given enough practice. They also seem to be in general agreement that the 'PowerScore' line of prep books is the way to go.

03-13-2009, 01:53 PM
Thanks! I will probably sit down over the next few days to take a full length test and see how it goes. I just got laid off, so I am planning on studying full time from now till June.